The Biggest Games Missing From E3 2019

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Jun 15, 2019 12:58 PM
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At the risk of sounding a little spoiled (what with all game reveals and trailers we've been showcased over the last week), E3 2019 still felt like a year that had a certain something missing. Well, a whole lot more than something really. It can be tough to pin your hopes on a gaming announcement for months and months, only for E3 to come and go without a sniff of what you were hoping. Sadly, I've just had to come to terms with the fact there'll never be another Wave Race. *Sniff*

So big commiserations to the folks here were looking forward to games that went AWOL at E3 2019. Here are six of the biggest games (sort of) which were glaringly absent from this year's celebrations.

Splinter Cell

Cropping up in a similar article for the second year running, Splinter Cell was notably absent from Ubisoft’s E3 showcase. At this point, it sounds increasingly likely that Splinter Cell isn’t development at all. Don’t hold your breath hoping that we’ll see a new Splinter Cell in the next two or three years, unless Ubisoft is going full Sam Fisher with us on this one and is getting ready to drop a surprise. Splinter Cell is AWOL and it’s probably going to stay that way.

Rocksteady’s DC Comics Title

Oh Rocksteady, wherefore art thou Rocksteady. It’s been four long years since Batman: Arkham Knight and whatever Rocksteady has been cooking up, it’s been stewing a while. They looked nailed-on to appear at E3 2019 until, alas, they confirmed just over a week ago they wouldn’t be there. Whatever Rocksteady’s working on (rumoured to be a Suicide Squad or Justice League game), it’s extremely deep into development. At this point, we’re going to take a guess that Rocksteady is holding fire until the next-gen consoles are properly unveiled.

Skull & Bones

Something’s surely up here. Skull & Bones was front and centre during E3 2017 and 2018, yet didn’t even get acknowledged during a lacklustre Ubisoft conference. Skull & Bones was recently delayed until 2020, having already been delayed to 2019, so we get the impression Ubisoft is run into a few development issues here. Will it be out by this time next year? Who knows.

Anthem

Quite probably BioWare’s most expensive project ever, and the gleaming jewel in EA’s crown at E3 2018. What a difference a year makes. Here we are, three or so months after Anthem’s launch and it didn’t even make the grade to appear during EA’s three-day Play event. We got an extensive look at The Sims 4 DLC and yet heard literally nothing about the future plans for Anthem. Half the challenge of keeping a GaaS title alive is making it appear, well, alive, and neither EA nor BioWare are doing a great job of that with Anthem right now.

Sony

Okay, so Sony isn’t a game but what a gaping hole the Japanese giant left in E3 2019. They say you don’t appreciate what you’ve got until it’s gone but we sure would’ve liked to see Sony return. Last year’s E3 show received a bit of a mauling but at least we got plenty of proper gameplay walkthroughs, which is more than can be said for this year. Sony’s cooking up something big for the PlayStation 5 though, and we reckon their biggest moment of 2019 is surely still to come.

Fable

The biggest shock of Microsoft's Xbox conference was the complete no-show of Fable. All the excitement of a Cyberpunk 2077 release date announcement helped us forget about it but, after the dust settled, we were left wondering where the heck Fable 4 was. There have been a ton of rumours lately that Forza Horizon developer Playground Games is working on Fable IV, and it seemed there was enough smoke that there had to be a fire somewhere. But no, it just wasn't to be. Perhaps this one game Microsoft is holding back for Project Scarlett. See you next year Fable IV.

Which games were you shocked to see pull and E3 no-show? Let us know below!

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14:34 Jun-19-2019

they talk about Anthem in E3

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00:53 Jun-19-2019

The sequel to Nier Automata, and there is a reason i don't call it Nier Automata 2, but this is a story for another time.

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06:47 Jun-17-2019

Beyond Good and Evil 2

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23:38 Jun-16-2019

Fable.... Ahhh.... Good memories. :' )
Step 1: LIE DOWN
Step 2: TRY NOT TO CRY
Step 3: CRY A LOT

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17:36 Jun-16-2019

Legend of dragoon!!!!

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18:41 Jun-16-2019

Definitely.

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14:58 Jun-16-2019

Starfield... I wanted to see more Starfield!! D:D:

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15:16 Jun-16-2019

I really hope it comes out good. I really don't want another Fallout 76 debacle. It would be awesome to have people saying nice things about Bethesda again.

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04:33 Jun-16-2019

Age of Empires 4 was missing, no one seems to care about that ...

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05:34 Jun-16-2019

Totally. I was really looking forward to it.

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10:19 Jun-16-2019

Me too :(

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18:25 Jun-16-2019

the teaser for the AoE II DE.. really hoped for 4.

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14:41 Jun-17-2019

You're right, that should be in here. It whizzed out my mind once AoE2: DE but it absolutely was a big miss

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00:08 Jun-16-2019

RESIDENT EVIL 3 REMAKE

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22:26 Jun-15-2019

Personally I missed Beyond Good and Evil 2, which makes sense, since it was likely re-announced to be alive a way too early. Then Age of Empires 4, again I fully believe it got announced too early. One I wasn't really expecting, since it is so far off is also TES6, would be nice to learn more. And already mentioned Fable 4.

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22:32 Jun-15-2019

From mentioned games, I totally expected Anthem to not show up, it was massive disappointment and Bioware has a lot of thinking to do, since they scraped their holly grail called roadmap. Also Sony is in its boring year, till PS5 comes, so they probably had nothing good anyway. And Spliner Cell was likely too early announced too, probably due to leaks, I think.

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08:41 Jun-16-2019

Sony might announce the PS5 this year at the Tokyo Game Show. Home console sales haven't been as big in Japan as previous generations and if Sony are to increase interest again the best way may be to start the hype on their home turf.

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19:28 Jun-15-2019

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18:34 Jun-15-2019

I was looking forward to some news from Capcom, Resi3 or Dino Crisis Remakes, Dragon’s Dogma 2
Also maybe some sign that Deus Ex isn’t dead

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19:04 Jun-15-2019

Or Thief.

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16:41 Jun-15-2019

Really hoped to see something about Elex 2, Stalker 2, Starfield, Dragon Age 4, System Shock.

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15:44 Jun-15-2019

The Elder Scrolls VI :(

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16:09 Jun-15-2019

They announced that there wont be any news about it beforehand, still gotta agree. It's probably still 3-5 years away from release anyways.

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15:44 Jun-15-2019

I think you missed Age of Empires IV...

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15:20 Jun-15-2019

Petition to bring back downvote button

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15:31 Jun-15-2019

It'll be back ...it's just a small test by felix I think

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19:02 Jun-15-2019

I'm glad to see that it's gone. More often than not it was just people who failed to read the comment, or understand it, and then downvoted with out giving a reason. You can explain yourself to someone who asks, but you can't explain yourself to a downvote.

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13:33 Jun-15-2019

Was there anything about Dying Light 2?

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13:42 Jun-15-2019

A small video of gameplay I believe

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06:11 Jun-16-2019

yea...A considerable amount ..gameplay with Developer commentary ...they only explained about the choice and consequence mechanic ..nothing much abt combat

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13:08 Jun-15-2019

I missed AAA titles in general. felt like a bunch of Indie games this year, with only a few really big games.


Not saying there is anything wrong with indie's, they can be great. but it felt different from other years without some big announcements.

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13:07 Jun-15-2019

GTA 6


I know Rockstar don't really do E3 anymore, but still had hopes to see some rumors or maybe a teaser trailer.

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13:44 Jun-15-2019

Or at least RDR2 for PC so I can get by until GTA 6 is finally revealed

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