The Top 7... E3 games that sunk without trace

E3 is upon us again, flaunting its wares like a Victorian hussy baring an ankle to titillate the gentlemen of the day. But what if said ankles were bogus? What if they were wooden mock-ups of ankles? Or worse still, what if the ankles were real, but the lady was offed by suit-wearing businessmen before we ever got to see some thigh? This analogy's getting disturbing, so let's just get this straight. There are no ankles in this feature - only games. Games that were shown at E3, got us all excited, then vanished without trace. 


7: Resident Evil Portable (E3 2009)

2009 was meant to be a BIG year for PSP, the console which still doesn't feel like it's out of its 'launch window', even though the damn thing was released in 2004. It's been taking up shelf space for six and a half years. Realising its stagnation, Sony made a big deal of it at this particular E3, announcing several big-name games. We saw some of them come to decent fruition, like Soul Calibur, LittleBigPlanet and ModNation Racers. So where's Resi?

Above: Two years have passed. In less than one more, PSP will have been made obsolete by NGP. Hmmm...

Do they think we've forgotten about it? Can't they hear our custom zombie-eating cutlery banging on the table in impatience? All we ever saw was a title, but it was enough to get us excited. Yet, with NGP coming at the end of the year, it's hard to believe it's ever going to happen on PSP1. Annoying thing is, Capcom simply won't be drawn on the subject. So we have to believe it's still coming because that's what we were last told.

Online retailers still seem to think it's coming (see right). As our mamas always told us: "You should always be ready for the zombie holocaust, whether that means keeping a cricket bat beside your bed, or listing Resident Evil Portable for pre-order". But one listing still says the game is being 'developed with the PSP Go in mind'. That'll be the same PSP Go that's just been discontinued then, yeah? 

Likelihood of showing up:  

This was going to get a paltry 2/5 Ryo Hazuki heads. It's no-show status up until now suggests it's being held back for NGP, or even migrated to 3DS in the form of Resident Evil: Revelations, which definitely does exist. A bespoke entry in the Resi series appearing on the original PSP now (especially if it's 'designed for PSP Go') sounds ludicrous. But then, as I type this very article, I glance at and see this advertisement:

So who knows?


6: Killing Day (E3 2005)

Fake? Of course it was a fake – it appears this was yet more 'target footage' from that infamous 2005 PS3 reveal that supposedly showed what PS3 was capable of. This shooter made us all coo like doves sitting on a particularly impressive marble statue that can fall apart when it gets shot. That's right, this was the 'marble statue' game that made us all suspect Xbox 360 was about to be blown out of the water. Only it wasn't because the reason said marble statue looks amazing is because it's pre-rendered by a PC. Look:

Looking at it with our 2011 eyes, everything about the trailer looks suspicious now – the quality of the physics on the broken glass, the solidness of the environments' destruction, the smooth animations and camera movements, the glorious high-res textures all the way through the halls, ceiling and floors. Sure, given what devs have learned in that time, PS3 probably could do a slightly scruffier version of this game. But instead we were left to forget about it, and sometimes wonder where on earth that marble statue of Atlas ever got to. Stupid statue. If ever there was a monument to disappointment and empty promises, it's this fella.

Above: "Hey," said the protagonist. "When are you going to be this shiny in a real game?" Atlas shrugged...

Likelihood of showing up:  

It's vapourware. Ah, but is it? Ubisoft reportedly filed for a trademark in 2009 of the name 'Killing Day', which means it was still under consideration some four years after the E3 reveal. However, it's been another two years since that glimmer of hope. And even now that CG video still looks slightly too slick for current gen machines to pull off. So... nope. Not gonna happen.


E3 Top 7

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  • quincytheodore - June 7, 2011 4:52 a.m.

    None of this will be missed, by me at least.
  • Mortified_Cow - June 7, 2011 3:47 a.m.

    With all this E3 stuff I forgot it was Monday. Almost missed out on this Top 7.
  • gilgamesh310 - June 6, 2011 8:44 p.m.

    I don't see why they think so little of the gameplay footage of Eight Days. To me it looks totally brilliant. The cover shooting looks far greater than any cover shooting around today. Movement is so fluid and natural and the interactions with your partner are better than in any other game. I don't know what they were thinking comparing it to Kane and Lynch. I was gutted when I heard that game was cancelled.
  • kor2disturbed - June 6, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    What about "I'm Alive" or maybe it was just called "Alive". What happened to that was it canned?
  • Darkhawk - June 6, 2011 3:27 p.m.

    Seems like MMOs have the hardest time getting released. Gamesradar has more!:
  • Reaver_Beaver - June 6, 2011 2:55 p.m.

    I'm suprised that I Am Alive isn't on there, the one earthquake game? Haven't seen anything about that in two years. Regardless, great article! Can't wait to that watching the E3 feeds!
  • Jordo141 - June 6, 2011 2:14 p.m.

    I remember when I first saw the Eight Days trailer and I fell in love with it. The cover system still looks great; and maybe with a year or so to patch up the game it could be great.
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - June 6, 2011 2:11 p.m.

    A real shame that we won't likely ever see The Agency again. Great read.
  • Nap1400 - June 6, 2011 12:09 p.m.

    No one seems to remember that forgotten Kirby game from a while back. Maybe it's just the diehard Kirby fan in me, but I wanted to see that somewhere here...
  • 8bitBaby - June 6, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    man! the adverts on this site are aggressive today. wonder why *smiles slyly* good article. a lot of prerendered silliness. i actually wonder how hard it would be to get a game to run as well and look as sharp as some of the prerendered stuff they try to feed us. maybe it would just take too many man hours, and obviously too much money. oh man. the agency.... yeah. *looks longingly out the window*
  • Mooshon - June 6, 2011 11:29 a.m.

    Still would like them to release Milo as a tech demo. Was always intrigued to see if they actually had anything innovative there.
  • Rhymenocerous - June 6, 2011 11:28 a.m.

    Do you remember that game for ps3 where you played as a cop, and could be good or bad, and take side missions etc? I think it was being developed in Newcastle, and it looked awesome, am tellin ye mate.
  • GunsForShow - June 6, 2011 11:17 a.m.

    I once spent a pretty wild weekend with Jade Gully...
  • AuthorityFigure - June 6, 2011 10:52 a.m.

    Resident Evil Portable? Didn't know about that one at all. If CAPCOM won't talk about, then why should we give a toss?
  • Cyber6x - June 6, 2011 10:28 a.m.

    The Agency reminds me a bit of MAG for some reason. Anyhow, Agent might join this list if it doesn't appear at this E3....
  • insertdisk - June 6, 2011 10:24 a.m.

    The agency looks amazing! The faction based idea is really cool rather than a bunch of sliders on a character
  • DualWieldingIsNotFeasible - June 6, 2011 10:12 a.m.

    I remember seeing that Milo video for the first time and thinking, "Man, maybe this whole kinect thing is gonna turn out to be awesome!" Of course, immediately afterward I thought, "Wait a minute...Peter Molyneux? Shit, this is all lies, isn't it?"
  • 435 - June 6, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    I didn't know they canned The Agency. :<
  • CitizenWolfie - June 6, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    I think the Duke shows that anything is possible...
  • FlyinMX - June 6, 2011 9:35 a.m.

    This looks like an interesting top 7, looking forward to E3!