Vaporware is a term used for software and games that are announced, but never released or cancelled. Essentially stuck in limbo due to development hell, lack of communication to the public, or pushed aside for other, more lucrative projects. Here are five long-awaited games we would like to see released this year.
During E3 2007, Sony announced that Grand Theft Auto publisher Rockstar Games would be developing a PlayStation 3 exclusive title with no details other than it was not L.A. Noire. The game would soon become Agent, formally announced at Sony’s E3 2009 press conference.
“Agent takes players on a paranoid journey into the world of counter-intelligence, espionage and political assassinations during the height of the Cold War at the end of the 1970s,” Rockstar said in a 2009 press release.
Not much else has been officially revealed about the single-player stealth action game. Concept art and images from the game have leaked from various artist portfolios since, with the biggest dump happening in 2015. Despite almost a decade passing since the formal announcement, the game has not been cancelled and still appears on Rockstar’s website with its own info page.
An original spy game from the makers of Grand Theft Auto would be interesting to see, though it seems an impossibility due to the continued financial success of Grand Theft Auto Online and the mammoth Red Dead Redemption 2 still scheduled to release later this year.