12 games you might never play

In January of 2007, Chris Priestly, Community Coordinator at BioWare stated in the official forums that there were no plans for a Jade Empire sequel. The next month Dean Takahashi from Mercury News claimed he’d seen code, and that a sequel was definitely coming to the 360. That story is no longer on the internet. Microsoft made no comment.

Above: Jade Empire was a critical success, praised for its combat, graphics, characters and rare RPG story on the Xbox 

So is the rumored sequel coming? In a 2006 interview about Mass Effect, Casey Hudson of BioWare mentioned an “unannounced next generation game.” Last year, Jade Empire was released for download as an “Xbox Original,” indicating that the game still holds some interest. So is this unannounced project actually Jade Empire 2? It seems plausible, but then again, there’s already a ton of games to look forward to from BioWare, and Jade Empire 2 is probably not at the top of their priorities. We’d honestly rather they focused on Mass Effect 2.


“In related news, Fox's plans for the development of the previously announced Firefly MMOG have been delayed, but Fox looks forward to continuing its collaboration with Multiverse on this endeavor.” 

That’s the word, and it’s at the bottom of a 2008 press release about a Buffy the Vampire Slayer MMO. What does it mean? Vaporware. Everyone knows that “delayed” is the business term for “never in a billion-trillion years will this game be released,” especially when placed at the bottom of a press release for a game that will also likely never exist.

Above: All Joss Whedon wants is an MMO! 

Ok, maybe it’s not that dire, but the game was announced in late 2006, and there has been no official reference to it since. There is, however, a very sad fan site dedicated to the game that will probably never be.


Prey, a 2006 sci-fi FPS developed by Human Head Studios, actually ended with the line “Prey will continue.” The game’s sequel was announced in the game itself – that’s pretty confident. There was no secrecy to begin with – publisher 3D Realms confirmed that the sequel was in development immediately after the game was released.

Three years isn’t an absurd development time, especially considering that the original Prey was announced in 1997 (nine years from announcement to release), but usually we’d have seen a press release, a screenshot, a teaser or something by now.

Above: One piece of concept art from Prey 2. It’s blue. That’s about all we know 

A 2007 fire destroyed part of the building which housed Human Head Studios’ office, but there was no indication that development of Prey 2 was affected. Venom Games, the developer who ported Prey to the 360, was closed last year, but again, there was no indication that this affected development or that they were even involved. This is largely because… we don’t know who’s developing it.

Radar Projects, the company in charge of the sequel, lists Prey 2 as one of its projects, but lists the developer as “unannounced.”

Above: Prey’s physics-defying puzzles weren’t the most refined ever, but the game was at least innovative and fun 

Maybe we’ll see it at E3? We hope so. While not necessarily a landmark game, the series has a lot of potential (if you played it, you were thinking with portals before Portal), and we want more.

Most sources list Prey 2’s release date as TBA 2009.



  • thephntm - April 4, 2010 3:10 p.m.

    I reeeeeeeeally want another Kid Icarus game! And Viewtiful Joe. AND STARFOX! Maybe they could do a Kirby game kind of like Wario Land: Shake It!! where you hold the WiiMote sideways and to eat bigger enemies (Not minibosses) you would have to shake the WiiMote.
  • joesocwork - May 1, 2009 1:25 a.m.

    I suspect that a 13th game we can count on never seeing is a next Sim City sequel. City Life/ Cities XL may have prolonged things a bit, but I think it's safe to say that Sim City Societies may have killed the genre off for good.
  • eon - April 30, 2009 11:39 p.m.

    Alan Wake?
  • RedOutlive10 - April 29, 2009 2:02 p.m.

    Another Jedi Knight game would be also very good. And please, let this new Jedi May Cry game idea rot in hell.
  • GIANNI - April 29, 2009 4:11 a.m.

  • misfit119 - April 29, 2009 2:18 a.m.

    Neither ROB or any of the characters from Earthbound were completely redesigned. they were simply given graphical updates. Kid Icarus was toally redesigned and given a much more interesting look. It does make it seem more promising. Although as far as DX3 goes I'd be very happy if it blended the RPG elements of the older games with Gears of War type combat. So long as the option for stealth and other playstyles is there I wouldn't complain a single whit. It's possible to have Gears type action along with a mild stealth system and RPG elements in a game.
  • elsacapuntas4 - April 28, 2009 9:04 p.m.

    life, i agree. dk 64, beetle adventure racing, and kirby need new games. those n64 games were the best. too bad about banjo kazooie though, it was great until stupid microsoft bought rare...
  • Thequestion 121 - April 28, 2009 8:11 p.m.

    Wow. I want Half Life 3! Or Episode 3.
  • Defguru7777 - April 28, 2009 3:17 a.m.

    I do miss Viewtiful Joe. Reading through the comments, I realize I also forgot about Kirby Wii and Metroid Dread. Also, (I'm probably the only one on this sight that even knows what I'm talking about) about Halo: Chronicles.
  • Avsareone - April 27, 2009 9:28 p.m.

    WOOH WOOH WOOH! How is Miyamoto talking to the director of Kid Icarus? Gunpei Yokoi is dead. Miyamoto must be playing with the Wuiggie board again.(Lets see if anyone gets the pun)
  • MacGyver1138 - April 27, 2009 4:49 p.m.

    Life, Battlefront III is one that I was thinking. I played the crap out of the Battlefront games, and I really hope they bring them back. Crackdown 2 is another one that I would like to know the outlook on.
  • Sash - April 27, 2009 12:11 p.m.

    Oh how I want Jade Empire 2 and Shenmue and Oddworld. =[ (LAST!!)
  • Twilleh - April 27, 2009 11:57 a.m.

  • Spybreak8 - April 27, 2009 3:42 a.m.

    You wonder if the marketing guys are like, can we show it now!? Are we there yet!? haha
  • ugthecaveman - April 27, 2009 1:26 a.m.

    it would have been funny if duke nuken forever was on it i know its used in every otehr artcile similiar to this
  • TheCheesy4 - April 26, 2009 6:49 p.m.

    Does anyone know what the deal is with Possession? It was looking really good.
  • Gotxxrock - April 26, 2009 3:01 a.m.

    StarCraft ghost... such a tragedy =( Poor Poor Nova.
  • deathrebellion - April 25, 2009 2:13 p.m.

    Viewtiful Joe is just outright fun =))
  • linkganon - April 25, 2009 5:37 a.m.

    you know, the woman on starcraft: ghost is practically a cross between solid snake and zero suit samus. the clothing color is the same as snake, the face is like zero suit samus's and finally, there's yellow hair tied up as a ponytail.
  • Robusken - April 25, 2009 4:38 a.m.

    Damit, I remember I was really looking forward to Project H.A.M.M.E.R. To bad my wiis dead now. Im pretty sure viewtiful Joe could be a character in mvsc 2.....

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