The sequel to Michel Ancel's beloved 2003 action-adventure title, Beyond Good and Evil 2 has had a rocky development process, to say the least. After years of speculation about its eventual existence, Jade and Pey'j's next adventure was revealed in 2008 to great fanfare. Since then, a truckload of rumors about the game's delays and purported cancellation have surfaced, only to be met by Ubisoft and Ancel's recurring reassurance that BG&E2 is indeed still being developed, just at its own pace.
Last June, Ancel stated that he intends to bring the game to next-generation consoles, delaying it even further. Considering two of those three next-gen systems haven't even been announced yet, it may still be a while before any of us get our hands on the game. Let's just hope more people actually buy it this time around.
First shown at E3 2010 as Codename Kingdoms, Ryse proposed to do the seemingly unthinkable: bring a hardcore gaming experience to the Kinect. After revealing a quick pre-rendered trailer and some brief gameplay footage, Crytek has remained mum on the hack-and-slasher set during the time of the ancient Rome. Microsoft Game Studios head Phil Harrison has confirmed that the game hasn't been completely scrapped, so there is still the chance that we'll be able to go Leonidas on some baddies one day. When that day will be, though, is still up in the air.
The fourth installment in the Thief series, and first since 2004's Thief: Deadly Shadows, the game stylized as Thi4f (I don't know why either) was first made public in May of 2009. Hot off the success of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Eidos Montreal would be wise to capitalize on the rejuvenation of stealth action games sooner rather than later. However, it appears that Thief 4, like every other game on this list, is moving along at a snail's pace, having been in development for over four years now. Despite various staff departures from the studio over that time, I'd venture to guess that Thief 4 has simply had too many hours put into it by too many people for it to be shelved anytime soon. Don't ask me when it's actually coming though—I doubt anyone has the exact answer to that.
This one is kind of a stretch, since we're not 100 percent sure it's actually in development, but the story of Half-Life 2: Episode Three is really simple: lots of people want it, and Valve hasn't made it. Originally set to be released around six months after 2007's Half-Life 2: Episode Two, the next entry in the acclaimed FPS series has provided us virtually no reason to believe it exists, save for some recently-released concept art that may or may not be from the game (at least that's the case at the time of this writing).
Valve had made four full games since Half-Life 2: Episode Two, including both entries in the Portal and Left 4 Dead series, and while all those games are spectacular, no title continues to be desired more than a new Gordon Freeman adventure. It has to be coming someday though, right? Right?
Date: July 13, 2012
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