The games that weren't: 15 highly conspicuous E3 no-shows

From Half-Life 3 to The Last Guardian, everyone's drooling to see these 15 high-profile games -- and everyone's going home disappointed.

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The games that weren't

E3 2014 is here, but some of your favorite games may not be. Whether delayed or stuck in development hell, these games didn’t make it to the show floor or the press conferences in Los Angeles. Is your most-anticipated game on this list?

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Half-Life 3

You knew this would be on the list. Yep, Half-Life 3 was a no-show again this year at E3. Since 2007’s release of Half-Life 2: Episode 2, Valve has taken its time in developing the third installment of the Half-Life arc. Sure, they’ve been a bit busy with Steam, Steam Machines, the Left 4 Dead series, and other great titles. But fans are desperate to find out what happens to Gordon and Alyx, and what to make of the ominous warning by Eli. We’ll just have to wait a little longer.

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The Last Guardian

Despite rumors earlier this week that the much-anticipated game by Team Ico—a.k.a the developers of Ico and Shadows of the Colossus—has been cancelled, publisher Sony took the time to confirm that the game is still under development. First announced in 2009, release details have been scarce since and once again, The Last Guardian hasn’t made an appearance at E3. You didn’t want to play the heart wrenching and beautiful story of a boy and his griffin-like creature that badly, right?

Fallout 4

Officially, Fallout 4 hasn’t even been announced yet, but when Bethesda claimed it would have a big E3 announcement, many fans hoped it would be for a new Fallout game. Instead, Bethesda was busy showing off its new gamesBattlecry and The Evil Within. Oh, and it revealed a new Doom is in the works. Grumble all you want about Bethesda taking its time on a new darkly-humorous, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi adventure: by the looks of things, the game maker has been busy.

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Gears of War 4

When Microsoft Studios acquired the rights to the Gears of War franchise, we knew that it was only a matter of time before we’d see a new game. Speculation mounted that E3 would be the best place for Microsoft to show off at least a teaser of the new direction of the franchise. Alas, though a new Gears is almost certainly in the works for the Xbox One, details remained as buried as the Locust.

Metroid 3DS

Tuesday’s Nintendo press video confirmed that the 3DS platform would be getting two Pokemon games remakes and Super Smash Bros. But for many fans, the most sought after franchise on the 3DS was one of the oldest in Nintendo’s catalog: Metroid. The sci-fi adventure series hasn’t had a major release since 2010’s Other M. But one thing you can count on Nintendo for is never letting its beloved franchises die, so it’s only a matter of time for bounty hunter Samus Aran to suit up again.

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Game of Thrones

Developer Telltale Games isn’t showing its hand on this much anticipated adventure game. Telltale is behind critically the acclaimed The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us series of games, and always seemed like the logical developer for a series of games based on the HBO TV series (itself based on the books by George RR Martin). Job Stauffer, director of PR at Telltale, confirmed in a tweet that the game would not be appearing at E3 but that details would be revealed “toward the end of the summer.” Good news: Summer is coming.

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Prey 2

First announced at E3 2011, Prey 2’s development process has been anything but smooth. The sci-fi bounty hunter game, a sequel to 2008’s Prey, was initially developed by Human Head Studios and was going to be published by Bethesda. But over the last two years, rumors have swirled that Arkane Studios and Obsidian Entertainment have at times worked on the game and the release date is now TBA. The good news? It hasn’t been cancelled outright.

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Beyond Good and Evil 2

On Monday, when Ubisoft’s press conference went dark and CEO Yves Guillemot came on to announce the final game, more than one fan hoped it would be Beyond Good and Evil 2. The 2003 original title wasn’t a blockbuster title for Ubisoft, but has since enjoyed a dedicated and vocal fanbase. While trailers, screens, and development details have leaked sporadically over the last four years, Beyond Good and Evil 2 wasn’t ready for the big stage quite yet.

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Final Fantasy XV

Apparently, Final Fantasy XV has been in production since 2006, but was only announced in 2013. That’s a long development cycle for any game, let alone a new installment to one of the most iconic JRPG franchises ever. But switching from the last generation of consoles to this one has surely caused some of the delays, and despite the long radio silence, last year’s announcement suggests the wait may be over soon.

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Persona 5

Speaking of JRPGs, the popular Atlus title was a no-show on the E3 showroom floor. Announced in November, Persona 5 is part of the larger Megami Tensei series and is due out in December in Japan and the beginning of 2015 in North America, so its vanishing act is a bit of a surprise. Still, fans of demonology, high-school settings, and non-linear storytelling will likely enjoy the new trailer for Persona’s spinoff fighting series, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, due out this fall.

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Kingdom Hearts 3

Developed by Square Enix and published by Disney, this epic fantasy role playing game was announced last year at E3 but is apparently not ready to be shown at this year’s. Instead, you can play Kingdom Hearts 2.5 on the showroom floor.

Unlike other Kingdom Hearts titles, Kingdom Hearts 3 will simultaneously launch for Sony Playstation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One when it does release. Such a marquee title won’t disappear from the spotlight for too long, however, so look forward to more details involving Sora, Goofy, Donald, and King Mickey soon.

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Deep Down

At last year’s E3, Capcom made waves by announcing a new fantasy role-playing game exclusively for the PS4. Swords! Dragons! Time travel! This year, though, Deep Down went back into hiding. The game was not shown at Sony’s Monday press conference and was absent from the showroom floor. Deep Down generated considerable buzz at last year’s show so it’s hard to be too worried about it, but a rumored fourth quarter 2014 release date is approaching and so far, there’s been little to show for it.

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Mad Max

Despite an impressive showing at E3 2013, Mad Max has been delayed to 2015. While not on the showroom floor or appearing in any of the press conferences, developer Avalanche Studios released a new trailer this week to keep your engine revved. Expect new details about the driving and shooting aspects of the game in the coming months.

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Quantum Break

Leaked in a teaser trailer in May 2013, Quantum Break unfortunately wasn’t as timely in its appearance at this year’s show. Finnish developer Remedy Entertainment (maker of the Max Payne series) revealed that the game wasn’t ready for E3 2014. But according to the BBC, Remedy will be showing off the third-person shooter/ time travel action title in August at Gamescon in Cologne, Germany.

Anything new from Rockstar

Rockstar has spoiled us, with acclaimed open-world games like Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption, Bully, and LA Noire all to its name. While it’s way too soon to think about another GTA, and LA Noire may be not be franchise material, rumors persist that a new Red Dead and/or Bully may be in the works. Just as rumors of Bully 2 in particular seemed to pick up steam, Rockstar has instead chosen a more subdued approach to E3 this year.