10 games we (probably) won’t see until 2013

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

First announced: June 2009

Since then, we’ve seen: Some gameplay footage of Raiden chopping shit up with a katana, followed by a handful of screens and trailers.

Why we won’t see it: To put it bluntly, Raiden’s cyberninja side-story adventure has been stuck in development hell for some time, and we didn’t quite realize it until the recent announcement that it had been handed over to Bayonetta developer Platinum Games. Platinum has a history of being able to turn great games around quickly (having released four during 2009-2010), but Rising isn’t entirely the studio’s own – and the project was reportedly aimless before creator Hideo Kojima asked Platinum to swoop in and take over. It’s likely Platinum has a lot of work ahead of it, and when you take into account the fan expectations and Metal Gear legacy that are riding on the project (not to mention Platinum’s still-in-the-works Anarchy Reigns, due in July for Sega), we can imagine they’ll want to take their time and really nail this one before they send it out into the wild.

Best-case scenario (if we’re wrong): As we said above, Platinum’s no stranger to releasing two games a year; in fact, every year it’s released games, it’s released two. First came MadWorld and Infinite Space in 2009, then Bayonetta and Vanquish in 2010. With that in mind, it doesn’t seem outside the studio’s capabilities to follow up Anarchy Reigns in short order with Revengeance, although we can’t see that happening before the winter holidays – and even then, we have to wonder if it could even come close to Metal Gear’s usual standards after such a quick turnaround.

Grand Theft Auto 5

First announced: October 2011

Since then, we’ve seen: A logo and our second-favorite trailer of 2011 (after Dead Island's).

Why we won’t see it: We can’t really call this one a “delay,” since GTA 5 hasn’t actually gotten a firm release date, but we’re still willing to bet it won’t hit stores in the next 12 months. While it’s not unheard of for Rockstar to release more than one game a year, hyping GTA 5’s release while Max Payne 3 is on shelves might steal the latter’s thunder, and seeing them both appear in the same 12-month span seems like a stretch. Also, consider that GTA 4’s first trailer debuted in March 2007, just over a year before the game’s release (although it was originally slated to hit stores that October). If past precedent is anything to go by, GTA 5 looks far likelier for next spring, especially considering that, since the success of GTA 4’s spring release, Rockstar’s made a habit of putting out its biggest games (Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire and now Max Payne 3) during the March-May window.

Best-case scenario (if we’re wrong): Rockstar loves surprising its fans (and by extension us), so as unlikely as it seems, a fall or holiday release for GTA 5 isn’t completely out of the question. If Rockstar were to announce a 2012 release date, though, we’d expect it to happen shortly after the March release of Max Payne 3 – again, so as not to distract from Max’s big comeback.

The Last Guardian

First announced: May 2009

Since then, we’ve seen: Screens, hands-off gameplay demos and a handful of trailers, at least one of which still manages to tug at the heartstrings.

Why we won’t see it: Honestly, we’re just putting this one on the list in the hopes of being proven wrong. The Last Guardian has been delayed for years now, and while it kept resurfacing early on to taunt us with new, achingly beautiful scenes of boy-and-monster adventure, but we haven’t seen it in a long time, and it was a complete no-show at E3 last year. A Shadow of the Colossus-like release during the twilight of the PS3’s lifespan appears to be increasingly likely, but creator Fumito Ueda’s recent departure from Sony has cast a pall over the game’s production (although he’s reportedly still under contract to complete it). If it doesn’t happen this year, we’re worried it might not happen at all (and not just because of the Mayan apocalypse or whatever).

Best-case scenario (if we’re wrong): Given the size and importance of a project like The Last Guardian, we don’t foresee Sony making this a surprise spring release, considering that it gave the title little to no fanfare throughout 2011. A big, grandiose comeback at Sony’s E3 press conference seems much likelier, followed by a release in summer or fall. Keep your fingers crossed.


  • birdman1041 - January 17, 2012 10:21 p.m.

    Thank the lord Bioshock Infinite isn't on this list. It's really the only game I care about in 2012.
  • A9entOfChaos - January 17, 2012 8:27 a.m.

    the only two games i care for are Prey 2 and GTA V. Hopefully you're wrong Gamesradar (the only time i wish such a thing) As always love the articles and keep up the great work!
  • Kinnolo - January 16, 2012 2:02 p.m.

    I had hopes for the South Park game, then I caught wind that Obsidian was in charge, so I immediately lost all hope for it. They ruined KOTOR2 and Alpha Protocol, so I can't in good judgment have high hopes for it.
  • Yeager1122 - January 16, 2012 11:46 a.m.

    Hope borderlands 2 comes out on time and the last of us looks awsome had not seen it before now i really hope that doesnt get delayed.
  • Darkhawk - January 16, 2012 10:34 a.m.

    Last Guardian makes me so sad. I remember back when it was announced, it became the main reason for my wanting a PS3. I finally bit, and now I have to wait another year or more? :(
  • mothbanquet - January 16, 2012 7:15 a.m.

    New BIA??!! How did I not know of this before?!
  • komadose - January 15, 2012 2:32 p.m.

    i just want FFVXIII...
  • minimaxi - January 15, 2012 4:14 a.m.

    speaking about anarchy reigns, it just feels like... there's ZERO hype right now. candidate for critical darling/commercial flop? or maybe worse; okay but very niche.
  • jmcgrotty - January 15, 2012 3:19 a.m.

    At first I was going to say that you missed the most obvious ones, which is "Any game for a Nintendo system," but then I realized that these were games that might be seen in 2013. And no Nintendo games will be seen by anyone in 2012 unless you're the guy who stocks (and ultimately unstocks) the shelves at Gamespot.
  • Y2Ken - January 15, 2012 1:28 a.m.

    I'm suspicious of GTAV too, Rockstar loves putting out their big games around the spring time, but if that were the case for this year I'd have expected to at least have seen another trailer by now, if not something more substantial. Please let it not be true for Borderlands 2 though. I'm currently working my way through the PC version of the first game - once that's done I will have burnt out every version of it that they've put out. And I'll probably go back to playing either 360 (more active friends playing Borderlands) or PS3 (have a friend who wants to buy it).
  • HeavyTank - January 15, 2012 12:57 a.m.

    I'm pretty amazed at how nobody noticed how the Last of Us trailer was so..well, good. It's certainly better than the GTAV trailer, in my opinion. From the moment I watched "I am Legend" I knew that, sooner or later, they were going to make a game about one or two people trying to survive in a city where no other human beings could be found. If they manage to pull this off right (and, keeping in mind that ND are the creators of the Uncharted series, there's a pretty high chance that they will) I'm going to be very happy.
  • NanoElite666 - January 14, 2012 9:25 p.m.

    As much as I love Borderlands and can't wait for the second one, I think I'd be fine waiting a little longer for it. Gives me more time to build a spiffy gaming rig to play it all spiffy-like.
  • Barnsley Pal - January 14, 2012 5:13 p.m.

    Borderlands 2 is the only one I would miss. It's in my top 3 most anticipated games for 2012 (along with Mass Effect 3 and BioShock Infinite).
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - January 14, 2012 3 p.m.

    So many games already set to come out, I wouldn't mind seeing Prey 2 get pushed back. If it had to come out, I almost wish it would come out in the Summer since it would be unlikely to go up against any other big games.
  • talleyXIV - January 14, 2012 12:54 p.m.

    Oh Borderlands 2, how I already love you. I bet it makes it in by Winter this year. I'd imagine September or October would be a good release time.
  • TheSharklionBeast - January 14, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    SC2: heart of the swarm better come out this year otherwise I will rip my face off
  • MadMan - January 14, 2012 11:56 a.m.

    GTA V and Borderlands 2, GAWWWWWW WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT!!!
  • Bitchslapthehomeless - January 14, 2012 10:27 a.m.

    I want The Last Guardian out so bad... :( But, don't you think Sony is going to have a tough time marketing both The Last Guardian and The Last of Us without your average consumer being confused?
  • Spybreak8 - January 14, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    Good read, thanks Mikel.

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