For gamers, any upcoming video creates a buzz and they are eager to see if it’s worth the time and talk, but for some gamers, the anticipation does not meet the end result-the game itself. With delayed release dates and mediocre trailers, some games big as their names might be, are bound to fail. Here is why there is a concern for some of them.
10. The Lord of The Rings: Gollum
The action-adventure game The Lord of the Rings: Gollum’s first release was in 2021 after it was announced in March 2019 and now in 2022 there is a little word of when it will come out despite missing its release window. The game is set in the universe Lord of the Rings which centers around Gollum.
Apart from the release date issues, Gameplay footage has shown how the game is far off from the initial trailer gamers had seen. Word did come out early this year in July though from the developers of the game Daedelic Entertainment that the game’s release date had been revised from September 2022 to unspecified “few months.”
9. Beyond Good & Evil 2
Beyond Good and Evil, 2 was unveiled formally at E3 in 2017 by Ubisoft after years of false starts.
With minimal updates throughout the years and news of the departure of Michel Ancel the game director in 2020 people thought it had been silently swept under the carpet.
But there was a surprise in August when it was revealed that the game is still under active development. Journalist Tom Henderson made this revelation but also pointed out that the game was in an incomplete stage and that his sources who had had a chance to play the game believed it was far from being released as it seemed to “lack direction” with players left with “no idea” of what they were doing during play.
8. Sonic Frontiers
The gameplay reveals in June to this game was met with minimal interest from journalists and even the series’ long-time fans. Apart from the feeling that the open-world design was unimaginative and empty some people also felt that the game felt like a tech demo from an early stage rather than an actual game with a set release date of less than six months from then.
With the recent preview only a little promising, it’s still uncertain whether the Sonic Frontier franchise will rise above mediocrity.
7. Skull & Bones
Ubisoft announced that the game will be released in 2018 at 2017 at E3 and news of its development dates back to 2013.
Ubisoft then come out in late 2020 to announce that the game had been retooled with a “new vision” and earlier this year the release date was announced, 8th November.
It has been reported though that Ubisoft is only continuing with the game’s development because of a contractual agreement made with the Singaporean government.
6. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
News of the game coming to life come out in April 2017 and was expected to be out in late 2022 to match with the release of Avatar: The Way of Water growing anticipation from people but that hope was dashed when in July it was announced that the release date will be pushed to 2023 or even 2024.
Two years of delay only a few months away before the release date is a concern but with the visuals seeming a bit attractive, maybe something can be savaged after all.
5. System Shock
A third entry to the System Shock series was announced in 2015. The build-up has seen several trailers that have been well received, but since 2020 the game may have taken a wrong turn.
From reports that the initial development team had been let go and a confirmed report from the developers of System Shock 3 OtherSide Entertainment that Tencent a Chinese tech-entertainment conglomerate had acquired rights to the game it’s unlikely that this game if it ever does come out will match the same level of acclaim received by its two predecessors.
4. Six Days in Fallujah
The first-person shooter game was first announced in 2009 but with people questioning its appropriateness its publisher Konami walked away. The game is based on the Fallujah war in Iraq that caused the deaths of nearly 800 Iraqi civilians and its only early last year that the announcement came; a reworked version of the game would soon be released. Even though players are set to not only be able to control the Marines but also the civilian families, people are still frustrated and have given critical opinions.
3. Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic Remake
News that the remake was under development for new-gen platforms and PC was good but earlier this summer it emerged that the project was not going well as planned.
That was followed by the firing of the remakes art and design directors back in July by Aspyr and Sony and Lucasfilm’s apparent negative response to an internal demonstration of the game. The released date has now been pushed as far off as 2025 and has a new developer.
2. Perfect Dark
Years of speculation ended at the Game Awards in 2020 when a reboot of Perfect Dark was announced and maybe that is all we need to know.
With no gameplay in sight, the departure of the design director Drew Murray from the Initiative who were developing the game just two months after the announcement, and the departure of another director in February 2022 the progress of the game does not seem promising.
1. AEW Fight Forever
With less than impressive gameplay and the graphics just basic the AEW Fight Forever may not be as fun to play as gamers want it to be. The game is surely trying to style itself after beloved classic AKI wrestling games such as WWF No Mercy but it’s yet to be seen if it will surpass some of the struggling WWE 2K games.