BUT YOU PROMISED!
If you’re reading this, then you already know the drill: every June, the video game industry comes together for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) and makes a bunch of lofty promises about the year and changes ahead. It all sounds and looks great beaming from Los Angeles stages onto your screen of choice, and it should. After all, the industry’s biggest companies dedicate millions of dollars and months of preparations to putting on what they hope will be the year’s most convincing sales pitch as to why they’re the games company with the best wares on the horizon.
Ultimately, however, they just can’t live up to their own hype. At least, that’s usually the case. So, every spring it’s customary to look back on everything that was announced and see where these companies dropped the ball. Here’s the thing, though: not a lot of balls were dropped after E3 2016. Take a moment and think about all the promised software and hardware that came on time and largely delivered:
- Xbox One S
- PlayStation VR
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Resident Evil 7
- Dishonored 2
- Titanfall 2
- The Last Guardian
- Horizon: Zero Dawn
- The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Special Edition
That’s hardly an exhaustive list. Plus, there are others that came as promised but generally underwhelmed audiences — Mass Effect: Andromeda, ReCore, and Ghost Recon: Wildlands, I’m looking at you. But this list contains some of the biggest games and systems that got late 2016 or early 2017 release dates and plenty of hype to go with them last E3 and actually delivered. Great job, games industry!
Oh, but don’t get too proud of yourself, games industry. Because, yeah, you done messed up a few times too. Yes, it’s inevitable that at least a few studios will miss their marks every year thanks to the rising costs and incredible complexities of modern game development. And to be fair, there were relatively few high-profile instances of companies not delivering on E3 2016 release dates. Furthermore, most games that get delayed end up better for it when they finally do get released. But that doesn’t mean you have to be happy about it in the moment when one of your most anticipated video games misses its release target. Worse, some games end up getting canceled outright.
Flip the page to join Fat Tony and me on a journey through all the cool shit from E3 2016 that didn’t make it out as promised.