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

Battlefield 3

First announced: June 2009

Since then, we’ve seen: A couple of announcements, the promise of a beta invite for those who bought Medal of Honor and not so much as a single screenshot.

Above: Probably it’ll look a bit like this shot from Medal of Honor’s multiplayer

Why it’ll be delayed: We’ve been promised a big reveal of Battlefield 3 at the Game Developers Conference next month, although exactly what a “big reveal” will mean is anyone’s guess. Since it’s the first look, we’re going to guess we’ll see a trailer, some gameplay footage and maybe a controlled, hands-off demo, neither of which are a guarantee we’ll see a finished multiplayer explodaganza by the end of 2011.

Also, developer DICE has been busy on other projects over the past year or so, including Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the BFBC2: Vietnam expansion and Medal of Honor’s multiplayer. So while its full attention might be focused on BF3 now, we’re betting it’s been a back-burner project for a while, and that BF3’s development time (to say nothing of ironing out the kinks in a vehicle-filled, multiplatform online shooter) is going to delay the game beyond an acceptable holiday release date.

Above: Or, more likely, it’ll look like Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam

Best-case scenario (if we’re wrong): Instead of a non-interactive demo, DICE will roll into GDC with a stable, fully playable version of the game. The public beta will then launch during the summer, any bugs will be ironed out (to at least the point where patches can fix them) and the final game will go live sometime this fall or, at the latest, this winter.

Saints Row 3

First announced: October 2008

Since then, we’ve seen: Some vague assurances that the third Saints Row will be much sillier than even its goofy predecessor.

Above: Also, we haven’t seen any screenshots, so we’re using some from SR2. That’s always a good sign that a game is less than a year from release, right?

Why it’ll be delayed: Like a lot of developers, Volition isn’t an enormous operation, and it’s already got a pretty high-profile release – Red Faction: Armageddon – slotted for this year. And while Armageddon is planned for May, we’ve already seen quite a bit of it, starting with the first batch of screenshots just over a year ago. By contrast, we haven’t seen anything from Saints Row 3, and that makes us awfully skeptical that we’ll see a full-on sandbox game that presumably tops Saints Row 2’s scope and craziness by year’s end.

Besides, so long as SR3 ships before the next Grand Theft Auto – which is almost certainly more than a year away – it won’t have to worry too much about strong competition or unflattering comparisons, meaning it can take its time coming out.

Above: So long as it offers plenty more moments like this, we’ll be happy

Best-case scenario (if we’re wrong): Armageddon’s May release does leave Volition with an empty holiday window, and it’s likely that the company has staffed up since the releases of Saints Row 2 and RF: Guerrilla (which shipped only eight months apart). So if Saints Row 3 appeared with a splash at, say, E3, and then made it out in time for the holidays, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise. It wouldn’t really fit with Volition’s past M.O. for revealing games, but everyone’s entitled to switch up their tactics.

I Am Alive

First announced: September 2006

Since then, we’ve seen: A few pieces of concept art, a handful of allegedly leaked screenshots and a couple of trailers, the latest of which was shown off during E3 2010:

Why it’ll be delayed: I Am Alive is one of those games that’s been mired in development hell for what seems like forever, so we’ll be kind of surprised if it ever ships at all, much less this year. Since its low-profile announcement during a 2006 interview, the mysterious earthquake-survival game has undergone multiple delays and, in 2009, was yanked away from its original developer, Darkworks, and handed over to Ubisoft Shanghai. None of these are good signs, and given that the games press hasn’t seen so much as a gameplay demo, the idea that an ambitious-looking project like this will be ready for launch in a few short months is pretty sketchy.

Then there’s that trailer to consider. Sure, it’s six months old, but what does it show, really? A whole bunch of what looks like pre-rendered cutscene footage, interspersed with a few brief jump-cuts of actual gameplay. If the game were coming along well, Ubi would probably be showing off just a little more than that.

Above: Like more of this lovely brawling action, for example

Best-case scenario (if we’re wrong): Inclined as we are to distrust release dates on trailers, Ubisoft slapped the words “spring 2011” on there for a reason – and to be fair, Ubisoft Shanghai has had its hands on I Am Alive for about two years now, with no other announced projects to distract it. And if Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood taught us anything, it’s that Ubisoft has no problem with springing stuff on us at the last minute. If that’s the case, we’ll probably get our first – and last – pre-release look at the game sometime around GDC, followed by a surprise release sometime in March or April.


  • 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 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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