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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.

51 comments

  • NEPAL - January 13, 2012 7:59 p.m.

    Where is Talkradar Mr Reparaz?
  • GamesRadarMikelReparaz - January 13, 2012 8:24 p.m.

    It's on its way!
  • GamesRadarMakesMeFeelOLD - January 13, 2012 8:04 p.m.

    Good list! Star Wars Kinect did not play that great at PAX last year and I doubt that Lucas would let them release it unless it was spot on. Now at CES they announce full 3D for it. I think there is an outside chance that it might not make 2012.
  • PrancingCera - January 14, 2012 2:07 p.m.

    But that would suggest that Lucas has never let anything bad be released.
  • taokaka - January 13, 2012 8:04 p.m.

    The most likely reason that PLvAA won't come out this year is there is already a confirmed professor Layton game coming out this year and two in the same year would be bad for business. Also I really, really, reaaallllyyy want to see some more of prey 2 so hopefully Bethesda are just keeping their cards close to their chest and the game isn't stuck in development.
  • ThatGamerDude - January 13, 2012 8:17 p.m.

    The game I'm most excited for on this list would probably be Far Cry 3. I hope it does get release this year since I don't plan on buying that many games this year after the holiday blowout a couple of months ago.
  • ThatGamerDude - January 13, 2012 8:19 p.m.

    Oh yeah and I also can't wait for Dust 514 too.
  • Rubberducky - January 13, 2012 8:25 p.m.

    Hope Gearbox puts aliens ahead of Borderlands, I've been waiting years for a decent aliens game.
  • shawksta - January 13, 2012 8:29 p.m.

    Not bad, great choices, who knows whatll happen in the future. Regarding PL vs AA, its no doubt getting massive support to be ported, ESPECIALLY since the dissapointment of AAI2 not making it as a DS game(Capcom keeps queit damnit), Level 5's poll of which game we want outside japan racked huge votes for PLVSAA, so we have hope it wont delay a HUGE amount. But still, we havnt even got Mask of Miracles yet.
  • cracker33 - January 13, 2012 8:40 p.m.

    Say it ain't so! I hope Borderlands 2 isn't delayed. I am looking forward to this game so much. Oh, and I believe that Amazon has the release date listed as June 30. Who knows if that is accurate though.
  • Trg564 - January 13, 2012 8:58 p.m.

    Is it a bad thing that this article was the first time I saw anything for The Last of Us?
  • Jacko415 - January 13, 2012 9:49 p.m.

    First time i saw that trailer too. Heard about it before but never saw anything. Looks awesome though. More I Am Legend than Dawn of the Dead.
  • CallSignSky - January 13, 2012 9 p.m.

    A good read, but god I hope your wrong about Borderland 2.
  • BladedFalcon - January 13, 2012 9:07 p.m.

    Pretty cool picks! On a personal level, the one i hope you guys are wrong about is MG:RR. Because, honestly, I'm very fucking excited for it. And well, really, it might have been only one trailer, but the game looked already pretty polished and well developed. Like you guys pointed out, Platinum released 2 games on 2009 and 2 on 2010, and took the entire 2011 year off, which in my mind gave them a big head start on developing both anarchy reigns and MG:RR without worrying they could be pushed out too soon.
  • festafreak - January 13, 2012 9:13 p.m.

    Not looking forward to any of those :(
  • RyoonZ - January 13, 2012 9:49 p.m.

    Wow so Versus will come out this year ? Well , I'm not expecting Versus to come out this year but definitely hope I'm wrong
  • DevonOO7 - January 13, 2012 9:55 p.m.

    I think South Park will make it out this year.
  • kingsmikefan - January 13, 2012 11:22 p.m.

    Mikel Reparaz: the only GRUS editor still doing features on a consistent basis. Hell, the only one I see at all besides the news folk. I highly doubt we'll see any of these games, and I keep forgetting that Prey 2 looks interesting.
  • Fuzunga - January 13, 2012 11:34 p.m.

    I would say that Borderlands 2 and Metal Gear Rising are on track. If Gearbox delays one of their games it'll be Brothers In Arms, a game that we've seen nothing of but a trailer. I read an interview about MGR that stated Platinum has been turbo-charging through development of Rising. They've basically been on one of those "final push" type schedules since they picked up development which leads me to believe they're nearly done with it.
  • Craza - January 14, 2012 12:32 a.m.

    I'm pretty excited for Borderlands 2 and Prey 2.

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