E3 wasn't always the grand extravaganza that it is now known as. Before the internet's rise, the public was unable to get a glimpse of the press conference, only relying on journalist accounts. When video streaming became a reality, fans could finally watch the industry's biggest publishers announce and show off upcoming titles. In 2017, the event was finally open to the public, giving fans a chance to try out select games before their release.
With the dust settling from E3 2019, it is time to discuss all the amazing things shown and discussed during the press conferences and on the show floor. The rest of this year and the near future sure looks exciting for the medium. But what about the things that weren't shown? Every gamer has their dream announcement they'd like to see, but this is in regard to already announced games that simply weren't there. The next ten entries will take a look at upcoming titles that, for one reason or another, missed the E3 boat. Sony games won't be discussed, because the company let everyone know way ahead of time that they would be absent. Hopefully, these titles didn't appear because they were too deep in development to divert resources for trailers and demos, and not because they were canceled or and in jeopardy.
10 Bayonetta 3
For fans of the first Bayonetta who lack a Nintendo console, the sequels' exclusivity must really be a sore spot. One must understand that the series would not have continued were it not for the company stepping in to publish the title. Bayonetta 3 was announced in 2017, and PlatinumGames has not let out a peep about the title since then. The game is definitely still in development, but the studio is working on another Switch title too..
9 Metroid Prime 4
All that makes up Metroid Prime 4's public presence is a logo. It was recently announced that Retro Studios, the team behind the first trilogy of Prime games, took over development of the sequel and started from scratch. With this in mind, nobody was expecting game play or a release date, but a trailer would have been nice. At this point, a member of the studio giving an oral presentation describing the team's ambitions and goals would have been satisfactory.
8 Rocksteady's New Game
Batman: Arkham Knight came out in June, 2015. In the four years since then, Rocksteady Studios has been quietly working on their next project. People were certain they would show up this year, but all hopes were dashed by the company's co-founder. With this much time having passed, it is looking more and more like whatever they are working on will be for the next console generation.
7 Gears Tactics
Microsoft announced this spinoff to their long-running Gears of War franchise at last year's E3 press conference, and has kept mum in meantime. E3 2019 seemed like a good time to open up about Gears Tactics, but they didn't even mention it.
Perhaps they wanted to shine the spotlight exclusively on Gears 5, but they also gave attention to the adorable Gears Pop. Given the interesting new partnership between Microsoft and Nintendo, is it possible that this strategy game will end up on their friend's hybrid console?
Many were placing bets that this E3 would start the next gen hype train. Microsoft revealed a few new details about Project Scarlett, but did not show as much as people were expecting. Next gen titles were also given little to no lip service. Bethesda's Starfield is promised to usher in the next generation, but the publisher is still not ready to talk about it. They had a trailer last year, though, and it seems weird to show even less at the following press conference.
5 Age of Empires IV
Age of Empires announced its fourth installment in 2017. Other than a trailer, details have been scarce. With each passing trade show, the odds get higher and higher that new info will be revealed. Unfortunately, E3 2019 wasn't its time. Phil Spencer assured fans that they'll learn more about the project this year, so nobody should be scared that the game is outright canceled.
4 Skull And Bones
Ubisoft's open world pirate game has impressed with each of its showings. The one worrying thing about it is its constantly moving release date. Gamers were told to expect the title at the end of 2018, before a delay into the next year.
Now, the company says it won't be hitting shelves until 2020. A game shouldn't be released until it is done, but the constant push backs makes one worry that there are some deep problems with the development.
3 Babylon's Fall
Platinum really knows how to churn out games, having released more than thirteen in just about ten years. However, not all of their projects see the light of day. Scalebound was canceled after an impressive showing several years back, and probably won't be revived on the Switch, sadly. Babylon's Fall has also seemingly disappeared. It had a trailer at Square Enix's 2018 press conference, but was entirely absent from this year's show. Will the game ever see the light of day?
2 Elder Scrolls VI
Bethesda has said the follow up to Skyrim was way off in the distance. However, given the year they have had since that show, it wouldn't have been surprising to bring back the game again as a promise of good things to come. Instead, they doubled down on their commitment to Fallout 76, a troubled game that they are doing their best to improve upon. Really though, fans just want a new Elder Scrolls.
1 Beyond Good And Evil 2
Beyond Good and Evil 2 has been in development for over a decade, but this recent incarnation probably resembles nothing of the original game being made in 2008. The long-awaited game made a triumphant return in 2017, and fans were eager to hear something new at the show, but no such luck was had. Rest assured, though, Michel Ancel will get this game out the door if it is the last thing he does.