Among the plethora of games showcased every year during the E3 conference, some have lost their way, sinking into the abyss of development struggles. The following article looks at those games that have yet to surface despite them appearing at the industry's biggest gaming event.
The Last Guardian
The Last Guardian, the latest work of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus creator Team Ico, has been in development since 2007 and was unveiled to the public at Sony’s E3 conference in 2009 for the PlayStation 3. Only sparse pieces of information have been released since then, though there’s a rumour it could surface again at E3 2014.
An adventure game, being created in the trails of Ico, The Last Guardian’s story is about a boy who befriends a flying beast and an emotional attachment between them develops. With no clear description of the game’s mechanics - decisions about the HUD and the inclusion of energy bars have troubled the designers - it is only known that it will feature tricky puzzles and that the player will heavily interact with the creature in order to escape from their prison. Taking care of the beast will also be a feature of the game.
The Last Guardian was initially supposed to be released in 2011 but was delayed indefinitely and a release date or a potential platform change have not been confirmed.
Initially hinted at in 2007, and officially announced by Sony at E3 2009 exclusively for the PS3, Agent is a stealth, action game developed by Rockstar North. Shrouded in mystery, Agent is a game we only know a few things about: set in 1970s during the Cold War, players will be involved in espionage operations and political assassinations.
During the seven years that have passed since we heard Agent was first in development, the game has rarely been talked about, with rumors of cancellation, loss of exclusivity and console switch to PS4; and it has remained absent from gaming events over the years. Only the game’s logo and a few screenshots were made available to the public, showing a character and various environments. The latest news about the title came from Sony’s president Shuhei Yoshida, saying that he has information about it that he cannot share. In July 2013, Agent’s trademarks were renewed by the distribution company. Let’s hope there’s still a chance it will make an appearance.