The annual celebration of all things videogames wrapped up in Los Angeles on June 15 and videogames are yet again going to new heights! Games such as Detroit: Become Human premiered a full length demo of the game introducing new characters and more details on its narrative. God of War showed off some awesome gameplay at the Sony briefing which included seeing Kratos’s son use a weapon against enemy combatants. This confirms that his son is a useful ally instead of a…. well a burden. Lastly, Spider-Man closed out the Sony briefing with a roughly 9-minute gameplay demonstration. Needless to say, I am excited to get my hands on these games.
However, the previously mentioned videogames and many others will not be released until 2018 or later. Quite frankly, a good portion of these games won’t see the day of light until the end of this year, if not early next year. One could have arrived at that conclusion late 2016 or early 2017. Even games that were shown off or unveiled during E3 2016 did not make an appearance this time around. Hideo Kojima’s new scifi game Death Stranding had no showing and Red Dead Redemption 2 was a no-show as well. Lastly, the biggest game on my radar, Cyberpunk 2077, is still completely shrouded in mystery.
I understand that developers want their games tight lipped because it builds anticipation and they can show off a near finished product instead a concept video. I really appreciate that mindset for a game can be shown off at E3 as one thing, then be completely different at launch. I am looking at you Assassin’s Creed: Unity.
So why are a lot of the big titles releasing next year instead of this year?
First, this is nothing new. I would argue this happens at every E3. Take Batman: Arkham Knight for example. Announced in March of 2014 and released on June 23, 2015. For Honor was announced E3 2015 and released on February 14 on this year. Franchise games like Halo are typically announced at E3 and will not release for another year and half such as Halo 4. Halo 4 was announced at E3 2011 and released on November 6, 2012. Hell, The Last Guardian was in development since 2007 and released a decade later in November of last year!
Secondly, some of these games have been delayed until 2018 or will have delays in 2018. Nowadays, this is just how it is. Personally, I do not mind if a game is delayed to make it better. 2014 to 2015 had several games being released almost unplayable either on PC or console. I’m looking at you Batman: Arkham Knight and of course again at Assassin’s Creed: Unity. So developers, take your time.
Not every game announced at E3 2017 is waiting to be released in 2018, but waiting a year for the games I want can be a struggle. You can look at this Gamespot.com list of games releasing in 2018 and later here.
E3 2017 was definitely fun to watch and we will all need to wait a bit longer before we get to have fun playing them too.