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Our predictions for 2009 (that came true)

9. Heavy Rain

First announced: May 2006

What we said in January: “Well, the trailer says 2009, and Heavy Rain has been called Sony’s ‘most important’ game of 2009 by David Cage, founder of developer Quantic Dream, which indicates that the company is at least planning to get the game out the door sometime this year. However, the combination of reportedly tricky-to-program-for machinery, a small development team and one of the most graphically ambitious adventure games ever does not fill us with confidence.

“And really, we haven’t trusted release dates on trailers since Metal Gear Solid 4 kept getting pushed back, so the ‘2009’ date for this eerie suspense story is already suspect.”

What really happened: For whatever reason, this was the prediction that drew the most venom from a handful of Sony fans, many of whom misread our speculation as a desire to see Heavy Rain be delayed, to spread fear and doubt about the PS3, etc. Some said we had no credibility, others insisted we were just trying to bait them, and still others responded with lists of PS3 games that would release in 2009. But they seemed to agree on one thing: we were wrong, and there was no justification for saying Heavy Rain wouldn’t release in 2009.


Above: “IT WILL TOO SHIP IN 2009!” 

So it must have come as an awful shock when, in July, it was confirmed that Heavy Rain wouldn’t be released until early 2010. In fact, when we asked the game’s director, David Cage, about the delay, he responded that “Heavy Rain was never announced for 2009,” a statement that sort of clashes with the number at the end of this trailer, from 2008:

All badgering aside, it’s easy to see why Heavy Rain was pushed to early 2010: despite the early anticipation for it, it’s a very unconventional game, and it stands a much better chance of finding an audience if it’s not getting buried under the weight of annual holiday megafranchises. And for what it’s worth, we’re going to go on record to say that we’ve played the first few chapters of Heavy Rain, and that what we’ve played is pretty fantastic. The game’s coming along beautifully, and we don’t think those who’ve waited for it will be disappointed.


Above: Don’t be sad, Detective Shelby, it’s almost here! 

But, you know… we were right about this one.


10. Duke Nukem Forever

First announced: April 1997

What we said in January: “For those who’ve been following it over the (nearly) 12 years it’s been in development, the title is synonymous with delays. You can’t even say the word “delay” without some asshole popping up in the background and screaming “Duke Nukem Forever!” At this point, it’ll be a massive surprise if it even sees the light of day within our lifetimes.

“Duke Nukem Forever will disappoint us if it does come out. This is partially because a 12-year delay has built up expectations for the game to impossible levels, but also because we (by which we mean “all game journalists, everywhere, without exception”) have grown to love making jokes at its expense.

“We don’t want the game, we want to keep mocking it from now until Doomsday. And developer 3D Realms has given us plenty of fodder over the years; each new, absurdly miniscule announcement revives the seemingly dead horse just enough for us to pile on and joyfully bash its head with a tire iron. To see Duke Nukem Forever actually release would be a shock to the internet humor industry on par with Bush leaving the White House.”

What really happened: 12 years. 12 years! That’s how long Duke Nukem Forever was allegedly in development. In the amount of time it takes most franchises to rise, fall and be forgotten, the staff at 3D Realms was hard at work on one. Effing. Game.


Above: TIME WELL SPENT

We got a shock in 2009, all right, but it wasn’t one we were half-expecting. Instead, development on the game was halted in June, 3D Realms shut down and all the game’s fans – ironic or otherwise – were left with was a handful of screenshots and one final video that was leaked by former 3D Realms employees. It was hard to tell what was more surprising: that the game was dead, that it left behind a pretty good-looking corpse, that it had taken 12 long years to pull the plug or that we were actually a little crushed to see it go. We’d almost say we were wrong on this one, seeing as the game was killed outright instead of just delayed another year, but somehow, we’re pretty sure we’ll see Duke again, one way or another.

Dec 22, 2009


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29 comments

  • CandiedJester - January 2, 2010 10:04 p.m.

    I'd forgotten all about Heavy Rain. I saw that trailer a long time ago and it looks good. That damn name keeps reminding me of that bad vampire game though and it keeps throwind me off. lol. But anyway, I have a ps3 now so when it comes out I can actually play it. :D I really really want Beyond good and evil 2 and HL3 to come out. Badly.
  • Spybreak8 - December 30, 2009 9:20 a.m.

    you know what, Diablo III can take all the time they want, I'm playing Torchlight right now and it rocks. Man oh man, the Duke will live on even with death haha.
  • Howetzer - December 28, 2009 10:37 p.m.

    Heavy Rain is not just a bunch of QTE's guys. It's a bunch of choices and possibilities played out on your screen and you can control which of the several possibilities happen by pressing or NOT pressing certain buttons in sequence. QTE's have two endings, the one where you succesfully completed the QTE, and the one where you failed to hit the right button or the button fast enough, this is NOT the way Heavy Rain works. Also, it's like playing a game with several main characters to get more angles of the story which is not something that comes along all that often, I think it will be a great game, and well worth the wait and even more vindication of the PS3's prowess.
  • mentalityljs - December 26, 2009 5:27 p.m.

    As much as I could go for another Gordon Freeman adventure, I'd have to say i've been pleasantly distracted with L4D and L4D2. But seriously Valve, HURRY THE HELL UP!!!
  • Dexsus - December 25, 2009 3:19 a.m.

    @ oryandymackie Nope, loved SR2 to death me. I know SR3 is in the cards for 2010 but it'd put me at ease knowing it's officially announced.
  • narutofreak1 - December 24, 2009 7:21 p.m.

    wow really!?!?!?!?!?!?!? why did they have to delay them(especially Gran Turismo 5 and Alan Wake), just so i cant play them, is that it? god i hate you companies that delay!!!!!
  • oryandymackie - December 24, 2009 11:14 a.m.

    Am I the only one aching for a new Saints Row 3 to at least be announced?
  • DriveShaft - December 23, 2009 11:13 p.m.

    I have a feeling that Heavy Rain will be worth the wait, as a testament to the PS3's power and a big 'FU!' to all the doubters. L.A. Noire I've been awaiting sicne it's announce as well. Considering Rockstar is said to be release Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, Agent (and maybe Bully 2?) all within the next year or two I hope it doesn'nt get buried again. I Am Alive, Alpha Protocol, Possession and Ride to Hell are also things to look forward to, hopefully.
  • iKOemos - December 23, 2009 10:19 p.m.

    I was definitely crushed when Duke Nukem Forever was cancelled. And I truly cannot wait for HL2: EP3. Hurry the hell up Valve! I need my fix!
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - December 23, 2009 10:16 p.m.

    Seriously, heavy rain IS just a laod of QTE's stuck together. Yahtzee's gonna hate it lol
  • Defguru7777 - December 23, 2009 9:38 p.m.

    The only game I care about on this list is Half-Life 2: Episode 3. And it's beginning to become my personal Duke Nukem Forever.
  • CARLINNIT - December 23, 2009 8:55 p.m.

    Can't wait for Heavy Rain. It's my most anticipated game this generation. I loved Fahrenheit so much... I have a feeling Heavy Rain is going to be just as memorable.
  • NadaNuff - December 23, 2009 8:55 p.m.

    Whoever is in charge of Gran Turismo 5 should have been fired long ago.
  • GoldenMe - December 23, 2009 8:29 p.m.

    @Dolan- Don't judge them. They have the Perfect Crystal Ball/Awesome Time Machine. They can do whatever they want. And besides, wouldn't it be better to complain in the actual article instead of this one? Anyways, GRRRRRRRRRR I WANT HALF LIFE 3/ ALAN WAKE NOW, "I HAVE FURY!"- Fawful, best villian ever.
  • jackthemenace - December 23, 2009 8:16 p.m.

    i have just ONE question GR- what are next weeks lottery numbers? i remember reading this back in january, and this is GOLD!
  • Dolan88fan - December 23, 2009 5:29 p.m.

    yeah gr how can you give batman aa goty and not uc2 when you gave batman a 9 and uncharted a 10
  • GameManiac - December 23, 2009 4:58 p.m.

    I don't have a PS3, but I still want GT5 to be released already. If Summer 2010 is when it'll come out (allegedly...), then I should probably have a PS3 by then.
  • Xeacons - December 23, 2009 4:51 p.m.

    I'm telling ya, Heavy Rain is worth buying a PS3 for (that also goes for Omikron on the Dreamcast!). But like Valve, Quantic Dream is dedicated to quality and professionalism and is infamous for taking YEARS to get games out the door. It took them, what, 6 or 7 years for Indigo/Farenheit? Releasing HR next year'll be a record for them.
  • Dolan88fan - December 23, 2009 3:44 p.m.

    there is no reason to be proud of yourselves for being right about gran turismo. where is are real driving simulator
  • FanofSaiyan - December 23, 2009 10:07 a.m.

    The new Splatterhouse game looked really impressive. Especially the regeneration system. HIS BONES & MUSCLES ARE SHOWING!!! AWESOME!!!

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