The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) trade show hit Los Angeles this week, and developers brought some of their most eagerly awaited games — and some that they revealed for the first time ever — with them. The traditional press briefings had their share of news, both expected and surprised. But sometimes the biggest news was no news at all.
Here are some of the most glaring omissions from E3 2019.
We first heard about a new entry in the angel-slaying Bayonetta series in December 2017. Fans were hoping for some news on the Nintendo Switch exclusive, but didn’t it appear in Nintendo’s pre-recorded presentation. Bayonetta 3 is still relatively early in development, however, so the company may not have had much to show.
Metroid Prime 4
Bayonetta wasn’t the only badass lady we missed during the Nintendo Direct. Samus Aran, star of the Metroid series, also failed to show up. We first heard about Metroid Prime 4 at E3 2017, so it seemed about time to see something. Unfortunately, however, Nintendo reported in January that it had restarted development on the title from scratch with a new team. So while it was disappointing not to get any news at E3, it did make sense that they didn’t have any.
Beyond Good & Evil 2
Fans have already waited over a decade and a half for the follow-up to 2003’s Beyond Good & Evil. For years, it looked like it was never going to happen. But then developer Ubisoft revealed it at E3 2017 and came back last year with some more news about including fan-made art in the game.
But that’s the last they said about it, and it was not present at Ubi’s briefing this year. Of course, after 16 years of waiting for the sequel, another one or two is barely anything.
Skull & Bones
Ubisoft’s other major missing project was Skull & Bones, a high-seas pirate simulator based on the sailing mechanics from the Assassin’s Creed series. This title was originally supposed to launch last year, but the publisher has since pushed the launch back twice. It’s currently due out next spring. So far.
All developer/publisher Bethesda has shared about Starfield is that it’s a single-player sci-fi title with an open world, and it will be available on next-gen game consoles. Considering we’ve barely heard anything about the upcoming hardware that will play Starfield, maybe it makes sense that it didn’t show up at the briefing. But seriously, what is this game?
The Elder Scrolls VI
Bethesda’s last major RPG release was the online multiplayer game Fallout 76. And that suggests that the company might be about ready to start talking about its other giant franchise, The Elder Scrolls. But they didn’t do that this year. Instead, they kept the focus on Fallout.
This year’s E3 included a reveal of Elden Ring, a collaboration between Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin and Dark Souls developer From Software. That was pretty exciting, but it also reminded us of another cool-sounding fantasy-action title we heard about last year. That was Babylon’s Fall, an upcoming title from PlatinumGames, creators of Nier: Automata and, yes, Bayonetta 3. We may see a pattern.
Other than its developer (Square Enix), all we know about Babylon’s Fall is what we could learn from a trailer that covered almost 500 years of its fantasy world’s history but was still somehow light on details.
Yes, Sony. The entire company.
The makers of the PlayStation 4 decided to sit out E3 entirely this year, which means we didn’t get any news on upcoming exclusives like The Last of Us Part II or Ghost of Tsushima. Sony hasn’t shown anything about either of those projects since last year’s show, and now the wait continues, apparently.