E3 09: Where are the missing games?

We still haven’t seen a jot of the proper HD editions of Codemasters’ upcoming F1 game. Which is a shame, as it’s a ludicrously exciting prospect given their pedigree. With the Wii and PS2 versions already shown, we’re surely due a look soon.

Above: Screen from the Wii's F1 2009

Our explanation: Warner Bros. Interactive publish Codies’ output in the US, so it was they who went along to the show rather than the British outfit. With the game being developed in-house, we doubt Warners gets much say in when it’s shown.

Possible reveal: Germany again. Codemasters are always there. The only thing that would stop its appearance would be fear of a clash with Codies’ Dirt 2.

The Wii still hasn’t had its own Zelda game and Nintendo really had to please the hardcore this year. Iwata confirmed at E3 08 that the Zelda team is hard at work, so a trailer at E3 09 then? No. We got a vague piece of artwork instead.

Our explanation: A Zelda game that makes proper use of motion control will be a very complicated thing to design. Doubly so with WiiMotion Plus to consider now. Miyamoto rarely takes the obvious route and is notorious for “flipping the table” on projects he isn’t happy with. It’s coming, but it might take a while.

Possible reveal: The Tokyo Game Show. Forget Cologne. Nintendo didn’t even turn up to Leipzig last year.

Pikmin however, should be fairly straightforward to design for the Wiimote. Miyamoto mentioned it at E3 09. So where is it?

Above: Screen from the New Play Control Pikmin remake on Wii

Our explanation: It was probably held back to avoid conflicting with sales of the New Play Control remake of the original game.

Possible reveal: Probably TGS again.

The new GTA IV DLC add-on was revealed just before the show with naught but a logo and a vague scenario. Big E3 show-off for Microsoft? Not a peep of it.

Above: Screen from GTA IV: The Lost and Damned

Our explanation: GTA makes its own hype, as our rapid (and rather excellent, we must say) speculation piece proved, so a big push maybe isn't needed yet. Also, MS won’t want to shoot it’s exclusive GTA load too soon, so expect this one to be drawn out for a little while.

Possible reveal: Character trailers and previews are likely to star seeping through just after the summer, we reckon, with a release around November. Rockstar needs a big Christmas title, and a GTA IV + DLC box-set collection would be a perfect schedule filler, would it not?

Jonathon Ross seemed to blow the lid on this one after the BAFTA game awards, tweeting that Peter Molyneux had offered him a voicing role in Fable II’s follow-up. So where is it?

Above: Screen from Fable II

Our explanation: Ross’ “revelation” is massively unofficial at best, and the exchange in question supposedly took place at a showbiz party, so who can tell how booze-fuelled the offer may have been. Plus Lionhead is obviously very busy simulating small boys at the moment.

Possible reveal: To be fair, this one could be a very long way off. Given Molyneux’s ambitious nature, it will probably end up using Natal integration, or it could even turn up on the next Xbox, years down the line.

Eidos’ Ian Livingstone confirmed both of these to be in production as recently as May, even going so far as to tout a September release for Kane & Lynch 2. So no E3 appearance? Really?

Above: Screen from the original Kane & Lynch

Our explanation: Dev team IO’s resources are split three ways at the moment. Having these two games plus Mini Ninjas on the go probably means that things are moving along a little slower than usual. And given the original Kane & Lynch’s reception, would you really want to throw a sequel into the E3 whirlwind and just hope for the best?

Possible reveal: Hitman could be a good while. If it keeps to Livingstone’s projected release date, expect Kane & Lynch 2 to be shown once the E3 hubub has calmed down and Eidos can show it to us on its own terms.

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  • GaMeRGuY1oh4 - June 11, 2009 10 p.m.

    Some things were missing, like Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver, a new Kirby, F Zero, Star Fox, Earthbound, Zelda, lots more. Hopefully we will see this next year. reCAPTCHA: 13)National micky
  • Demonflare - June 9, 2009 1:52 p.m.

    Ive been waiting for my computer to load forever, for this article...? XP
  • jar-head - June 9, 2009 3 a.m.

    man i love gr, thier predictions should rather be just actaull answers and not opinions
  • NorwegianKingOfNames - June 8, 2009 5:28 p.m.

    I am the Norwegian King of Names! Though I'm disappointed at the no-showing of games that are long overdue (Episiode 3 and Hitman 5 most of all), I certainly don't blame companies for not wanting to do their big reveal at the exact time of year about 2 dozen other companies are revealing their games. Think of how little an impact Beyond Good and Evil 2 would have got if revealed on the same day as Fable 3, Kid Icarus and a new Zelda? Alas, knowing this still does not ease my longing...
  • MacGyver1138 - June 8, 2009 3:54 p.m.

    I'm with Mr. Tamborineman, I would love to know what is happening with Battlefront 3. Last I heard, they had quit work on it, but I would hope someone else picked it up to continue work.
  • Defguru7777 - June 8, 2009 1:40 a.m.

    Stupid swine flu. Gettin' in the way of Dead Rising 2 goodness. I don't have Left 4 Dead, but I really think Valve should have announced HL2: E3 before L4D2. I was really disappointed by the lack of Zelda. I wouldn't mind if they didn't have anything to show yet, but Miyamoto showed that artwork behind closed doors. The least Nintendo could do was say "hey, we're working on this right now." That's what they did for GTA: Chinatown Wars last year.
  • DrRock - June 6, 2009 8:16 p.m.

    I'm suprised there haven't been screens or videos from Bioshock 2. I want to see some videos of the multiplayer.
  • Mrtambourineman - June 6, 2009 7:29 p.m.

    I'm still desperatly waiting for more news on star wars battlefront 3 :P
  • monojono - June 6, 2009 11:12 a.m.

    You didnt mention kid icarus wii? Or has everyone just accepted non-announcements for that? @adertyoshock: sorry, duke nukem forever is dead. Its creators went bust.
  • PS360Rulez - June 6, 2009 5:10 a.m.

    oryandymackie you rly think that kind of thinking doesnt exist these days. Homesexuality is one of the biggest issues in the nation you moron. Especially with California recently upholding a ban on gay marrage.
  • assasin - June 6, 2009 5:09 a.m.

    Why does it say that i posted that comment 11 months and 30 days ago? I only posted it a few minutes ago. I think it means 11min and 30sec ago.
  • DrRock - June 6, 2009 2:43 a.m.

    Do we really another Kane/Lynch game. I think not. I can't believe we're getting another Army of Two Douchebags game. What, wasn't one fist pumping, homoerotic game enough for one generation we need another. This time we get to see how big of tools they actually look like. Maybe they'll have a mini game called "Dick Jenga".
  • RedOutlive10 - June 6, 2009 1:45 a.m.

    @CRYPTONiC: it's funny to hear that because Call of Duty games followed Half-Life's standard first-person-always perspective, even during storytelling. I was also expecting more info on Mafia II, but you guys hit the nail on the head with Wii Zelda and Rare games (Banjo Kazooie most likely).
  • RaIdEn - June 6, 2009 1:28 a.m.

    im very disapointed theres no sly 4. i waaaaaaaaant it!!!!!!!
  • iKOemos - June 6, 2009 1:08 a.m.

    I will wait for HL: EP3. As long as it turns out a masterpiece like the other games, I will be happy. And I trust Valve to do a bloody good job.
  • MechGyver - June 5, 2009 9:50 p.m.

    "Dude, whats wrong with your eye" - subtitle for the Dead Rising 2 pic...
  • CRYPTONiC - June 5, 2009 9:49 p.m.

    half life sucks all i care about is modern warfare 2
  • shadowless92 - June 5, 2009 8:48 p.m.

    yer i want a new half life its been way to long im guessing they will do half-life 3 cus it wouldnt take this long just to do another episode surely but i could be wrong
  • oryandymackie - June 5, 2009 6:38 p.m.

    Oh, and Jacob816, I think we're just a little bit past that kind of prejudice now. Maybe you should try the early 1900's?
  • Jacob816 - June 5, 2009 6:32 p.m.

    The inclusion of 'gay' in the title of the GTA pack wouldn't have anything to do with it not being at the MS presser would it? I hate to think that such a petty reason prevented it from showing, but I have a nagging feeling that if it had been called something else (even though it was the same content) it would have shown up.

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