E3 2015's Confirmed No Shows
E3 is always full of surprise appearance and announcements, but ahead of the show there are always a few titles we know won’t be showing up. These are games we would love to learn more about, but its creators have openly acknowledged they will not be appearing, in the interest of tempering our expectations.
The Legend of Zelda Wii U
Arguably the biggest disappointment in terms of no-shows for E3 2015, The Legend of Zelda Wii U will not be at the show. Up until March of this year, we fully expected to not only see Zelda Wii U at E3, but also get our hands on the game ahead of its holiday 2015 release. Sadly, that all fell apart when series producer Eiji Aonuma took to YouTube to not only announce the game’s delay, but let us know the game wouldn’t be appearing at E3. We have hopes that the game will make a surprise appearance in the form of a short teaser trailer, or maybe some new screenshots, but Nintendo has said unequivocally that the game will not be at E3.
Titanfall released exclusively for Microsoft platforms in early 2014, and based on the studio’s annualized Call of Duty history, it’s not a stretch to assume we would learn more about the sequel (or some other Respawn project) at E3 2015. That was quickly shot down, however, by developer Respawn founder Vince Zampella. In an earnings call, Respawn said to not expect any news until after April 1, 2016, and when asked directly about E3 Zampella said the studio has its head down working on its next project. Zampella also tweeted as much just to further reiterate Respawn’s lack of E3 appearance.
For everyone asking, we aren't showing anything at E3 this year. I'll get to actually see all the games!— Vince Zampella (@VinceZampella) May 29, 2015
Final Fantasy XV
Despite the overall positive buzz resulting from Final Fantasy XV's demo earlier this year, the game's director Hajime Tabata recently stated that more details about the game will be at Gamescom, but it will be skipping E3 this year.
CD Projekt Red is hard at work supporting the recently released Witcher 3, but it does have another game in the works with Cyberpunk 2077. Little is known about the game outside some science-fiction images and a short teaser trailer, and it sounds like E3 won’t offer any new details.
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Nintendo NX and mobile games
Nintendo surprised many recently by announcing work on a new platform. No one was surprised to learn Nintendo is doing research and development on new hardware – that’s assumed. What was surprising was that Nintendo was talking about it so early after the launch of the Wii U. On that same day Nintendo also announced a partnership with mobile games publisher DeNA to release Nintendo-developed games. Since then, we haven’t heard much about either, and Nintendo has confirmed we shouldn’t expect to hear more at E3.
Nintendo’s president and CEO sat out last year’s E3 due to health issues. This year, it seems he is doing much better, but won’t be in Los Angeles for the show due to various other responsibilities. It turns out when you pre-record your press conference, you don’t need your CEO on stage to share the latest updates and announcements.
A dedicated Sega booth
Sega isn’t completely sitting this year out as some of its games will be shown and playable at the booth’s of its assorted partners, but Sega will not have a dedicated booth or presence on the show floor. For those attendees disappointed they missed photo-ops with the statues depicting the cast of Sonic Boom last year, you are sadly out of luck for a second opportunity.
Hellraid, the game that’s not Dead Island from the folks behind Dead Island, has been “put on ice” for quality reasons. As a result, we definitely won’t see the game at E3, and right now its long-term future is up in the air.
Yager Development’s impressive giant spaceship battle simulator always leaves us in a good mood when we've had the opportunity to play it, but Yager recently confirmed it wouldn't be making an appearance at E3 this year.
Quantum Break, Scalebound, and Crackdown
Much like Final Fantasy XV, three of Microsoft's exclusives won't be making an appearance at E3, but will show up at Gamescom. Quantum Break we have been receiving fairly regular updates on, Crackdown we have at least some idea of what the game could be like, but Scalebound is still a mystery. Microsoft recently confirmed their non-appearance on its Xbox Wire blog.
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