Making video games is many things, but easy isn’t one of them. Depending on the scope of the project, a single game can take hundreds of people several years to build. And with fickle markets and studios losing funding, even after a game is announced, there’s still a chance it will be canceled like these promising games.
But some games capture the imaginations of gamers more than others, and sometimes those games seem like they’ll never come out. Here are five games that have either been announced or strongly implied, games that people are chomping at the bit to play — games we’ve been waiting on for a very long time.
5. Beyond Good & Evil 2
The original Beyond Good & Evil came out in 2003. It’s a unique game that stars Jade, an investigative reporter who’s working on a case about a planet-wide alien conspiracy. She can kick serious butt when the situation dictates, but she’s also known to stop and photograph the fauna when she has a free moment.
The game was originally planned to be the first installment of a trilogy, but poor sales put a wrench in those gears. Still, the game was well-received by critics, and a cult fan base has been vocal enough that a sequel was announced in 2008. In the years since, an HD remake of the original came out in 2011, but we haven’t heard much about the purported sequel. Is it still in the works? Will it really see the light of day? We may have a while more to wait before we know for sure.
When we might see it: Ubisoft maintains that this game is in development and will be released sometime this console generation. According to one rumor, it could be an NX exclusive.
4. Kingdom Hearts 3
For a certain segment of fans, the Kingdom Hearts games are a dream come true. They combine beloved Disney characters with fan favorites from Square Enix’s Final Fantasy series. If you happen to fit into the target audience, chances are you’re well aware of this long-running series.
The original Kingdom Hearts came out for PlayStation 2 in 2002 and has seen seven sequels in the interim. So it’s kind of strange that the series hasn’t managed to produce a third official installment, instead sticking to prequels, remakes, and — some would say — filler. Never fear. A third installment is on its way, and it’s coming only to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. No release date has been set, but have faith that this one will actually happen.
When we might see it: Hopefully by 2017.
3. Final Fantasy XV
Fun fact: The game that’s currently called Final Fantasy XV began under the title Final Fantasy XIII Versus, which was first shown to the public way back in 2006. Here we are closing in on a decade later, and this game still hasn’t made it to market. What’s going on?
Well, Final Fantasy, once the leading series of Japanese role-playing games, has fallen on somewhat hard times. The 13th installment in particular didn’t exactly light the world on fire. In fact, most fans of the series would agree that it’s been a slow downhill slide since Final Fantasy X came out in 2001.
Developer Square Enix is looking to fix that tarnished reputation by releasing a Big Important Game for the series’ 15th installment. And judging by the trailer and the demo that released alongside Final Fantasy Type-O HD, they’re on the right track. Will the finished product live up to expectations? For that, we’ll have to wait and see.
When we might see it: November 29, 2016
2. The Last Guardian
Many longtime PlayStation gamers have a strong connection to the works of Team Ico. So far, the developer has only released two titles, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, but they’re both singular, beautiful games that have made a lasting impression. The Last Guardian is Team Ico’s next project, first announced with this trailer in 2009. The game was scheduled to come out in 2011, but it never made it to market.
Fans finally got a fresh look at the game at E3 2015, and some members of the press have even been able to play small chunks of it. Despite assurances that it’ll launch in 2016, many fans are still skeptical.
When we might see it: Sometime in 2016… hopefully.
1. Half-Life 3
If there’s one game more famous for not existing than The Last Guardian, it’s Half-Life 3. If you haven’t played the other Half-Life games, you might be wondering what the big deal is. First off, it’s a terrific series of shooters that tells a great story. In fact, the series really laid the groundwork for all story-based shooters to come. It’s no stretch to say that the original Half-Life was probably the first shooter to tell a story worth following at all.
Making matters worse, however, is that the last installment, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, which came out in 2007, ended on a major cliffhanger. But instead of continuing that series and playing off that story’s big ol’ hanging thread, Valve shifted its efforts to the (also excellent) Portal series. By now the demand for Half-Life 3 has reached such a fever pitch that even if Valve does eventually deliver the game, it couldn’t possibly live up to expectations. But do us a solid anyway, Valve — give us Half-Life 3!
When we might see it: No idea, and there’s no evidence that it’s in development.