The Top 7… E3 no shows

This year’s E3 was one of the best we’ve seen in years. But despite all the exciting hardware and game announcements, extravagant booths and impressive presentations, there were still some glaring absences from the show floor. What follows are the announcements we were hoping to hear and the games we desperately wanted to see, but couldn’t because they were nowhere to be found.

7. Devil’s Third

A teaser trailer for the latest game from Tomonobu Itagaki’s was released just before E3. With THQ as the publisher and Itagaki’s new Valhalla Game Studios handling development, the game looks ready to marry swift swordplay with fast gun slinging, featuring lots of over-the-top acrobatics, wall-running, and epic explosions. Unfortunately, that was the last anyone’s seen or heard about the mysterious action title, leaving us with left to do but speculate that it’ll be like a lot like WET, only harder and with better boob physics.

Above: This lone pre-E3 trailer had us ready for more details on Itagaki’s latest project, Devil’s Third. But it wasn’t nearly enough to satisfy our curiosity. We want to know more!

6. Something new from Respawn, Bungie, or Insomniac

When Infinity Ward masterminds Vince Zampella and Jason West were let go, we knew they were going to do something big. The two of them are, in part, responsible for the success of both Medal of Honor and Call of Duty. A few months after the Infinity Ward/Activision debacle, they announced the formation of Respawn Entertainment, and a partnership with EA. We heard they’d be at E3, and sure enough, Zampella was at the EA press conference… in the audience.

We know it hasn’t been long, but we imagine that the Respawn Entertainment team was sitting on all kinds of ideas while they were working on Call of Duty, and a logo would have been enough to make our hearts go all aflutter.

Bungie, likewise, is done with the Halo series and is making something new. Granted, they’re still finishing up Reach, but no tease at all? And formerly-PlayStation-loyal Insomniac (Resistance and Ratchet & Clank, if you weren’t aware) also confirmed a new multiplatform game, but brought nothing of it to E3. What are you all doing?

5. Arkham Asylum 2

Batman: Arkham Asylum was GamesRadar’s 2009 Game of the Year, thanks to sky-high production values and gameplay that successfully blended Batman’s combat prowess, love of gadgets, stealthy style and Holmes-ian detective brain. It was, to quote our own awards article, “the greatest superhero game ever produced”.


The sequel was officially revealed back in December 2009, via a tantalizing trailer that offered tons of hints but very little definite information. Fans went crazy, salivating over every potential clue they could glean from the vague-but-suggestive images. That includes us.

Above: The latest (and only) video footage confirming Arkham Asylum 2’s existence

So, what do we fans know about Batman: Arkham Asylum 2 so far? Not nearly enough. We know the Joker and Harley Quinn return, we know we at least hear the voices of Mr Freeze and Talia Al Ghul, and we know Two-Face, The Penguin, Catwoman, and Black Mask have all been hinted at. We know a run-down amusement park probably appears. And we know that all signs point to this being an interpretation of the “No Man’s Land” storyline, in which an earthquake rocks Gotham City and Batman has to reclaim it, bit by bit, from all the villains who’ve carved out a chunk of the resulting chaotic wasteland for themselves.

Oh – and we know that six months after the trailer revealed its existence, Batman: Arkham Asylum 2 completely skipped E3 2010. And that we are not happy about it.


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  • TheHolyHandGrenade - June 27, 2010 2:26 p.m.

    Darn, i wanted an Oblivion MMORPG/ Elderscrolls V revealing.
  • Grif - June 27, 2010 1:06 a.m.

    I was sort of hoping for a Mirror's Edge 2 announcement. It got the green light shortly after the first game came out, but not much since. Dice is working on big DLC for Bad Company though, so maybe that's why.
  • Shagnasty - June 26, 2010 11:45 p.m.

    No Golden Sun DS... Hopefully they're remixing it for the 3DS!
  • BadCompanyBrik - June 26, 2010 7:52 p.m.

    You got my flame guns fired up when you mentioned Bungie, then I realized you were talking about their new project, not bashing Reach. :D But on that subject, if you've spent some time around the 7th Column (Bungie's community), then you realize that it's not Bungie's style to bombard you with as much information as humanly possible in one press conference. However, there is something... I keep it in my bookmarks and check it daily. PS My recaptcha is "the immature". Are you trying to say something to me GR?
  • Kytl - June 24, 2010 8:57 p.m.

    I was disappointed that The Last Story and Xenoblade were no shows, but Nintendo still had a great E3 showing anyway.
  • FunkSoulBrother - June 24, 2010 11:26 a.m.

  • ShrimpyMan - June 23, 2010 1:25 p.m.

    Pokemon Black and White?
  • jmcgrotty - June 23, 2010 8:30 a.m.

    "HL2: Ep3? Come on! Has everyone forgotten about us Half-Life fanboys already?" Trying to.
  • BAbaracus1983 - June 23, 2010 4:52 a.m.

    Nice list, though it's a good guess that these developer wanted to hold onto to some these other announcements for the upcoming months. With a Gamescomm and TGS still on the list, there's plenty of time to showcase these current MIA titles. Not to mention they'll get the full limelight treatment they deserve.
  • ReasonableFanboy - June 22, 2010 11:43 p.m.

  • admjwt - June 22, 2010 10:51 p.m.

    y isnt ffv13 on this list. i cud honestly careless about ff14. they rly shudve showed versus instead. SE has disapionted me
  • soren7550 - June 22, 2010 10:49 p.m.

    I'm surprised that ME3 or even Perfect Dark 2 wasn't mentioned, seeing as rumors that both would appear at this years E3 were going 'round.
  • WoodyWoodrowAndThePanfluteOfDestiny - June 22, 2010 7:44 p.m.

    No Elder Scrolls V, makes me a sad panda.
  • wiitard07 - June 22, 2010 6:54 p.m.

    Is anyone else sad about no new Rainbow six game?
  • awesomedudes - June 22, 2010 5:42 p.m.

    what about saints row ?
  • Leadman - June 22, 2010 4:51 p.m.

    I was really hoping to hear something about Elder Scrolls V
  • russman - June 22, 2010 1:07 p.m.

    Maybe the breathing game can have a special "breath like vader mode", couple that with a wii-mote and it's a Darth Vader simulator? Huh? Huh? No. More likely Ninty was teasing to see if Sony would unveil a 3D, HD version of it.
  • Raymond09 - June 22, 2010 10:22 a.m.

    well, for me, I think it's a good thing because there's alot of games releasing this fall. medal of honor, fallout new vegas, littlebigplanet 2, assassin's creed brotherhood, call of duty black ops, nfs: hot pursuit (?), gran turismo 5 (maybe), halo: reach, etc. alot to buy, alot of $$$$
  • philipshaw - June 22, 2010 10:14 a.m.

    I have to agree with the top 2. I knew Rockstar wasn't at E3 but I expected to see something of The Agent at the Sony Conference. I was so angery that The Last Guradian wasn't shown,I was even wearing my Ico t-shirt when watching the live stream
  • JosefMotley - June 22, 2010 9:02 a.m.

    no-one but confused reviewers care about dull stealth/stealth/stealth game Beyond Good & Evil. we did play it, it just wasn't very good, suffering at first from being underhyped and now having being completely overhyped by everyone in the gaming press for about five damn years now, bored of it. just throwing that out there