What the hell happened to 2009?

Back in January of this year, we switched on our doom-and-gloom machine and predicted which of 2009’s most anticipated titles would inevitably be pushed back to 2010. We didn’t want to be right. In fact, we spent the next six months wishing, hoping and praying that the industry would prove us wrong.

It didn’t.Every game on that list has now either been delayed, heavily rumored as delayed, publicized so little that we can only assume it’s delayed or, in one special case, cancelled altogether. But that was just the beginning. Over the past few weeks, we’ve watched in horror and guilt as more than a dozen additional titles – including some very heavy hitters we never would’ve predicted – were sent scurrying into the next decade as well.

Here, then, is the damage… the tattered remnants of what 2009 could have been. We’ll mourn each lost game and try to give you some perspective on why the release date had to change. Then, we’ll dry your bitter tears with an optimistic look at the stuff that’s still left.