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10 games we (probably) won't see until 2012

The Last Guardian

First announced: January 2008

Since then, we’ve seen: A smattering of screenshots and two heart-achingly adorable trailers, the most recent of which was shown at the Tokyo Game Show in September:


Why it’ll be delayed: Honestly? Because we’re horrible pessimists. Experience has taught us that the more we want something, the longer we’re going to have to wait to get it, and we want The Last Guardian really, really bad. Combine that with Team Ico’s exacting “when it’s done” approach to development, and the possibility that the upcoming Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection is a consolation prize to hold fans over, and it naturally follows that TLG’s highly anticipated holiday 2011 release will quietly drift off into the following spring.

Which, if nothing else, would mean it wouldn’t have to jostle with a bunch of mega-sequels during what’s sure to be a crowded holiday season.


Above: D’AWWWWWWWW

Best-case scenario (if we’re wrong): Sony will surprise us at E3 with a playable show-floor demo of The Last Guardian, which will also be included in the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection (or will be available later with a voucher code, if the Collection ships before E3). A few months later, TLG will headline Sony’s holiday lineup alongside Uncharted 3, and by some miracle the two will not eat away at each other’s sales.


Diablo III

First announced: June 2008

Since then, we’ve seen: A bunch of substantial presentations of the game, including a couple of hands-on previews.


Why it’ll be delayed: Because this is Blizzard we’re talking about. BLIZZARD. If Team Ico’s attitude is “when it’s done,” Blizzard’s is “when it’s perfect.” Not that we’re complaining, since both outlooks have produced some incredible games, but they’ve also been responsible for some excruciatingly endless development cycles. Before last year’s release of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, we doubted Blizzard’s ability to even release anything that wasn’t a World of Warcraft expansion – and with more Starcraft (allegedly) on the way this year, Diablo III seems no closer now than it did two years ago

True, a rumored schedule leak appears to confirm that Blizzard’s prepping Diablo III for a holiday release. Even assuming that’s true, though, developers’ good intentions can go wrong even at the best of times – and in the event of a delay, a holiday release gives them nowhere to go except into early 2012.

Best-case scenario (if we’re wrong): The leaked schedule will not only prove to be real, but Blizzard will actually stick to it. Our first clue will be if Battle.net launches a map store sometime in spring. In that case, it’s pretty likely that we’ll see Diablo III and Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm arrive in time for the holidays, effectively handing total dominance of the PC gaming market to Blizzard.


Beyond Good & Evil 2

First announced: May 2008

Since then, we’ve seen: An early teaser trailer, and leaked footage of a gameplay sequence later confirmed by Ubisoft as genuine:

Why it’ll be delayed: Honestly, does anyone really think that we’ll see a Beyond Good & Evil sequel sometime this year? It could happen, seeing as we’ve known about it for three years now, but it’s also pretty damned unlikely. While the cancellation rumors that dogged the game last year proved false, BG&E creator Michel Ancel has gone on record saying that he wants to keep the game’s development team small, so as to “preserve an artistic spirit.” (It may also have something to do with Ubisoft being reluctant to devote too much money and manpower to a sequel to one of its biggest commercial failures, but that’s just conjecture.)

Of course, a smaller team also means a longer turnaround time for a top-tier game like this, and Ancel added that “the project is taking a long time to come out... but we want this project to be truly exceptional.” And if you’ve learned anything from reading this, it should be that a small team plus a big game and a perfectionist attitude equals a probable release sometime in 2015.


Above: For now, Pey’j and Jade seem content to wait it out

Best-case scenario (if we’re wrong): Given that Ancel’s comments were made around six months ago, it’s possible BG&E2 could shock us by suddenly hitting stores during the height of the dry summer months. Not only would that help it avoid repeating the first game’s buried-during-the-holidays fate, but it would be the perfect opportunity to connect with an audience hungry for new releases – an audience that, by the way, will have had a good eight years to discover the excellent original and pine for a sequel.

66 comments

  • brickman409 - January 13, 2012 10:48 p.m.

    i still cant believe to this day that duke nukem forever actually came out
  • Miles_Endsly - April 4, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    Is it just me or does that screen shot of Diablo 3 look a heck of a lot like Pre in Guild Wars first?
  • aaronbuhagiar - January 25, 2011 2:45 a.m.

    Don't forget Grand theft Auto V
  • Yeager1122 - January 22, 2011 10:40 p.m.

    No i hope Mass Effect 3 and Skyrim dont get delayed.
  • aFATALmiracle - January 22, 2011 6:02 p.m.

    I want Battlefield 3 already. I think my best gaming days were spent playing with my buddies on BF2, and I want to be able to relive the glory days of pwnage. Oh, and please come on with Episode 3.
  • IsaacClarkeDeadSpace - January 22, 2011 4:50 p.m.

    I want Mass Effect 3!
  • Dredgon - January 22, 2011 7 a.m.

    I really want ME 3 to come out this year, as I like the idea of having two great BioWare sequels "bookend" an astounding year! But, I still wouldn't be surprised, yet very disappointed, though it would probably just be a month, into January, if anything at all. But I'm confident BioWare can do it, they're the best ever!!!!!
  • The4X - January 22, 2011 3:13 a.m.

    So Duke Nukem trailer appeared...
  • FanofSaiyan - January 22, 2011 12:05 a.m.

    One game we probably also won't see until 2012 would be Assassin's Creed 3, chances are it's already in development...
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - January 21, 2011 11:35 p.m.

    Yeah I don't think Battlefield 3 or Saints Row 3 are coming out till at least 2012.
  • GammaGames - January 21, 2011 10:28 p.m.

    Duke Nokem Forever http://www.gamesradar.com/xbox360/duke-nukem-forever/news/duke-nukem-forever-launching-on-may-3-kickass-trailer-and-screens-inside/a-20110121114526743048/g-20100903112053378011 you may want to fix that
  • soren7550 - January 21, 2011 10:22 p.m.

    I don't think that Mass Effect 3 will be delayed, since BioWare has been really good with keeping their Mass Effects released on time.
  • Collymilad - January 21, 2011 9:59 p.m.

    Just give me ME3 and I'll be happy.
  • NightAce84 - January 21, 2011 8:42 p.m.

    When Fallout 3 was made, half of the Bethesda team was put to work on a "secret" game. That was Skyrim. This game has been YEARS into development and is nearly almost done. Bethesda said they didn't want to reveal it until it is almost done. I have complete faith that Skyrim comes out on time.
  • Chaoscoolperson - January 21, 2011 7:41 p.m.

    Right now I dont care if ME:3 is delayed because i havent finished the first one due to other game taking up my time. >:(
  • Fuzunga - January 21, 2011 7:33 p.m.

    It's funny that, since this was posted, DNF has gotten a release date of May 3rd in the US and May 6th elsewhere.
  • yonderTheGreat - January 21, 2011 6:28 p.m.

    Why the HECK is Episode 3 on here? Valve has (has, yes, not have, I don't care!) already stated that it will NOT be released in 2011. And... I know this was "published" less than 24 hours before the announcement but HA! May 3rd, 2011. BAM!
  • GamesRadarMikelReparaz - January 21, 2011 6:17 p.m.

    @Jacky13 @tiben36 @batman5273 All good points, but read the entry again.
  • batman5273 - January 21, 2011 5:38 p.m.

    Duke Nuke'em Forever just announced will be released May3!
  • tiben36 - January 21, 2011 5:17 p.m.

    lol, i heard Duke Nukem Forever was out on may 3 in the usa

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