You know how it goes. It’s cold and dark. Your alarm goes off but in your barely conscious state you paw at your noisey phone until it goes into snooze mode. The next ten minutes fly by and soon the alarm is kicking off again and this time you have the good sense to open your eyes and glance at the clock. You’re late. You clamber to your feet and stumble to the bathroom in the freezing cold, wishing you’d had the foresight to put the heating on before you went to bed. You hop into the shower without giving the water time to cool and you scald yourself a little as you wash only the bare necessities. There’s no time for the full three minutes that dentists recommend you spend brushing your teeth on a morning, so a quick rinse with mouthwash will have to do.
You’ve forgotten to bring your lunch, you get stuck behind a slow moving vehicle on the road to the office, and even though you skip your traditional morning stop at the Starbucks drive-thru you’re still late for work. As you shuffle into the office, still half-asleep, caffeine deprived, and dishevelled from all the rushing around, your boss gives you the look while he irritatingly taps his watch to signify that you didn’t make it in on time. Being late sucks.
Still, at least you were only four minutes late for work, and not two years late like The Witness was when it nonchalantly rocked up to the PlayStation store earlier this week. The Witness was shown off alongside the PS4 and was announced to be released during the launch window of the latest PlayStation console, then promptly disappeared off the face of the Earth until the end of last year when the new release date of January 2016 was announced. Over two years since the PS4 hit the streets, The Witness has finally arrived, and if early reviews are to be believed then it’s a game well worth playing. But there was an awful long time where the lack of new information about the title was somewhat disconcerting. Similarly, both Final Fantasy XV and The Last Guardian are (allegedly) coming out this year, too. So could this be the year that some more anticipated games return from obscurity and finally reach the eager hands of gamers? Let’s take a look at another five games that have gone AWOL that it would be nice to see in 2016.
5. Deep Down
Deep Down was revealed way back in February 2013 alongside the PS4, looking very much like Capcom’s answer to Dark Souls. Set in New York in 2094, the game is a multiplayer Souls-like in which players travel back in time to fight monsters in a dungeon crawling environment. It’s an intriguing concept, and the game looks absolutely fabulous. But where is it?
Well, after the reveal we didn’t see hide nor hair of the game again until TGS later on in 2013, and while it was announced that the game would come out in 2014, alarm bells were ringing when it was also announced that the game would be free-to-play. No worries, the public beta would surely alleviate any worries that gamers had over the free-to-play nature of the game, right? Well, that was probably the plan, but the beta was then initially delayed to 2015, and then it was just never mentioned again.
In January 2016, the state of the game is largely unknown. Given the stigma attached to the dreaded words “free-to-play” it wouldn’t be surprising to see this game re-revealed as a standard retail title. Hopefully the beta for the game will materialise sooner rather than later, and we can finally see what Deep Down is all about. Oh, and there’s still no confirmation that the game will even be getting released in the West yet, so we need to get that sorted out, too. You might have forgotten about Deep Down, Capcom, but we haven’t.
4. Let It Die
Let It Die was revealed to the world under the original title of the game, Lily Bergamo, in early 2013. Coming from Goichi Suda, the renowned mad man who brought us games such as Lollipop Chainsaw and Killer 7, the free-to-play Lily Bergamo was originally slated for a 2014 release. But at E3 of 2014 the game was re-announced to the world under the new title of Let It Die; an extreme action game with no shortage of blood, guts and death.
There’s been little in the way of new information regarding Let It Die since the game was rechristened at E3 2014, and so it’s not entirely clear exactly how much of a resemblance the game pays to the original title, Lily Bergamo. What’s certain is that the protagonist of Bergamo has been replaced since the game changed names, and of course, the focus on violent action remains intact. For those who haven’t already forgotten about the game, it’s still listed as being set for release in 2016, but the dearth of information regarding the project casts an unfortunate shadow of doubt.
3. Dead Island 2
Back at E3 in 2014, Dead Island 2 was revealed in a kick-ass trailer that, if the first game was anything to go by, was almost certainly better than the actual game. Since Techland were in development of the surprisingly entertaining Dying Light, development duties for Dead Island 2 were handed over to Yager Development. The game would focus on online co-operative play, with up to eight players able to team up to fight off the undead herds. It’ll be out in Spring 2015, they said.
Well, Techland managed to release Dying Light in Spring 2015 to fairly positive reviews. Dead Island 2 though? It’s M.I.A.
There was little in the way of news about the Dead Island sequel even as Spring 2015 came and went. In July of that year it was announced by Deep Silver that they hadn’t forgotten about the game, but that Yager were no longer working on it due to creative differences. Official word from Deep Silver is that the game is still being worked on and is definitely not cancelled. Will we see it in 2016?
Remember when Microsoft couldn’t do anything right prior to the launch of the Xbox One? Well, one potentially crummy decision they made was to reject the indie title Rime before it was revealed allowing it to go to the PS4 exclusively. Not that it actually matters at the minute, since despite being announced at Gamescom in 2013, we’ve heard next to nothing about the title since.
Rime is an absolutely gorgeous indie title inspired by Studio Ghibli and the paintings of Salvatore Dali starring a young boy who is attempting to escape from a mysterious island. The striking visuals and impressive reveal trailer got a lot of people talking and the game spent some time on many people’s most anticipated lists before dropping into the dark abyss of forgotten video games. According to developer Tequila Works everything is okay with Rime and we’ll be seeing it again at some point, but whether that will be in 2016 or not remains to be seen.
1. Tekken X Street Fighter
Tekken X Street Fighter was announced at San Diego Comic-Con in 2010 as a companion game to Street Fighter X Tekken. Like the latter, it would feature characters from both the Tekken and the Street Fighter franchises, but in this game the fighting mechanics would be based on the Tekken series. Five years later and Street Fighter X Tekken has come and gone while we still don’t know much more about Tekken X Street Fighter than we did when it was revealed.
Katsuhiro Harada has gone on record to say that Tekken X Street Fighter has not been cancelled and is actually further along in development than people might think, but currently his team is so busy finishing off Tekken 7 that they don’t have much to report about the Street Fighter crossover as yet. Tekken 7 was announced after Tekken X Street Fighter, by the way.
After five years I’m sure there are a lot of people that have given up on this game, but with assurances from the team that it is still a real thing that is actually going to happen, could 2016 be the year that we finally see the release of Tekken X Street Fighter?
What forgotten games are you hoping will see the light of day in 2016?