. But with such a hot slate of active developers, there are going to be many games that are completely left off the table. We've heard rumors from all over, but the official E3 selection has all but been determined. Here we'll look at those games that probably won't be displayed at E3. They may be detailed at PAX Prime 2011, or elsewhere, but our patience is running thin, and there are certain games that will be gravely missed at this year's show.
Our list spans genres and profiles, featuring everything from original IPs to long-awaited sequels. Even some surefire locks have been left off, and yet we still long for news of their arrival. We've gathered together the top of the left-off -- the biggest, most exciting games that probably won't be shown at any stage or at any press conference or at any booth at E3. We hope you enjoy it.
It has been well over three years since we gutted huge terrorist movements in Rainbow Six: Vegas 2. The game, while not universally adored by critics, sold very well and racked up very respectable scores in the reviews field. Usually, that is enough to get a sequel -- and especially in a franchise as lauded as Rainbow Six.
And yet, there has been no mention of any sequels or even a new location. Ubisoft has continued building AAA franchises like Far Cry, Splinter Cell, and Brothers in Arms, but the tactical first-person shooter has been eerily quiet. Hopefully they are gearing up for an enormous title, brimming with terrorist hunting, which they will unveil at a future convention. But until then, we'll just sit here longing for it.
9. Splinter Cell: Retribution
Piggy-backing on Rainbow Six: Vegas 3, we come to Ubisoft's Splinter Cell series. Nothing has led us to believe that the series is taking a break -- hell, the Splinter Cell Trilogy HD has been all over our radar -- but with murmurs swirling around Sam Fisher's next experience, we sort of expected it to make a huge debut at E3.
Conviction was a very solid title, and the strength in storytelling only leaves us yearning for another iteration. There is an expansive multiplayer experience that fits a niche no other game can match. It won't be long until the dev team hits us with a neck-breaking, ass-kicking trailer and starts up the hype machine. We can only hope it comes sooner, rather than later.
Rockstar has been working on this one for about three years now, and new information has been scant for the past two. But on May 24, 2011, Sony did confirm that the title was still in development, and that it still fully intended on making Agent the inaugural title for a whole new series. Sadly, those words don't sate our voracious appetites for Rockstar titles.
The game is supposed to be a deep espionage thriller, featuring all sorts of stealth, political assassinations, and the badass-fertile agencies of the Cold War. Initially, it was slated for only the PlayStation 3, but we're seeing console-specific blockbusters on their way out the door, so everyone with an Xbox 360 or a PlayStation 3 has reason to be excited. Rockstar makes amazing games, and their style is perfect for a period piece detailing the woes of a secret agent.
7. God of War 4
Frankly, it hasn't been that long since we've seen Kratos kicking mythical dicks in. And with the HD re-releases of the first two games, numerous handheld titles either launched or teased, the franchise certainly isn't at a standstill. But the PlayStation's flagship exclusive money-maker has fans salivating at the prospect of a new action-adventure to experience.
There will be another God of War title, but nothing has been written in stone. Sources say it is slated for release September of 2012, but with nothing happening at this year's E3, even that is no more than just a projected rumor. The game is in development, though, and the possibility of a surprise at the Sony press conference is always a possibility.
6. Resident Evil 6
We really did enjoy Resident Evil 5. No, it wasn't as good as any of the previous games in the main series, but it had a great co-operative experience and boasted some new features that, if expanded on, could lead to an industry-changing title. That is what Resident Evil is all about, what with the first game pushing the limits of survival-horror and Resident Evil 4 influencing just about every third-person shooter out there, and the thought of another innovative pioneer that follows suit is exactly what we're hoping for.
And there's been some gentle rumblings of the game by the folks at Capcom. Sure, they're a little preoccupied with the squad-based action shooter Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City and The Mercenaries 3DS, but that doesn't mean a big new title isn't on its way. The only problem is, it isn't on its way soon enough.
5. Playdead's Limbo Follow Up
was a savage experience
. In terms of emotional impact versus length, it ranks among the greatest video games we've ever played. Its atmosphere is unparalleled in the indie world, and it carries a weight that many fully length titles can only dream of. And the tiny developer, Playdead, claims to be hard at work on a new, moody little title. For this, we absolutely cannot wait. And yet, we must.
No news has slid down the grapevine, outside of a general commitment from one of PlayDead's head honchos, Dino Patti. But, the game will allegedly be released for all major gaming platforms, and will be built by a slightly larger team. The announcement for the game was in October 2010, so we should be expecting more information soon. Just not at the convention in Los Angeles.
4. Spec Ops: The Line
Spec Ops: The Line was going to make last week's Top Ten Most Anticipated Games of E3 2011 list, but a last minute delay and press release revealed that the title, despite its growing popularity, would not make this show. Which is considerable, since it had a full ten-minute demo at last year's convention. So, it automatically gets relegated to this list.
That said, the game itself looks brilliant, which is why it can rank among these other, highly-sought after titles. The narrative's re-adapting of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness to near-future Dubai adds a literary twist we don't really see much, and the realism, featuring a totally HUD-less display, is something to be reckoned with. We seriously hope that delay isn't from inner corporate turmoil, and rather it is a true extension of brilliant developing, and new ideas that we can look forward to.
3. Metal Gear Solid 5
Konami has made it very, very clear that Metal Gear Solid 5 isn't a feature at E3 2011. The publisher has a handheld game on tap, and it looks as though that will be the main feature. But we all know that it can't be long before a new stealth-shooter comes forth and blows away critics and fans.
A former employee of Konami has been vocal about the existence of this new entry in the storied series, and claims that Hideo Kojima will once again be heading the production. Whether or not the game becomes a confirmed reality is another issue all together, but three years after Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, we can only imagine it'll happen very soon.
2. Grand Theft Auto 5
Grand Theft Auto 5 has been a rumor mill since Grand Theft Auto 4 was still blowing up in the sales charts. Supposedly, it is to be set in modern-day Hollywood. LA Noire has just bumped the post-war Los Angeles, and San Andreas was only two main-title GTAs ago. Could Southern California possibly have this much to offer in terms of open world crime material?
Our best guess is yes. And we are also guessing that this game might very well show up at E3 2011, despite its rank on our list. Rockstar has been silent about it for a while, and with the recent release of LA Noire, there is a perfect opportunity to really spring a big surprise on the gaming community. So if it happens, you heard it here first.
1. Half-Life 3/Half-Life 2: Episode 3
It is pretty obvious that Half-Life 3 is going to take top slot on our list. Or, if Valve is going to be contrary, Half-Life 2: Episode 3 (remember, they're ditching the episodic adventures). We're all huge fans of the series, and Valve currently has nothing huge looming on the horizon. It is the perfect time. Portal 2 has just reinvigorated everyone's love for the Half-Life vibe.
But, Valve has been diligently rebelling against any rumors that claim they are going to be showing anything at E3 2011. Which is not unexpected -- the development corporation, despite their wholesale awesomeness, is slow and methodical when it comes to putting out games and pushing forth sequels. That said, the cliffhanger at the end of Half-Life 2: Episode 2 has had our balls in knots for years. And we want the sweet release of knowledge.