E3 2016 is finally over. After a week of nonstop gaming news and reveals, it's time to take a seat, get some rest and look at the aftermath.
Part of the post-E3 cycle is looking at all the games fans and journalists didn't get to see at this year's show. Every E3, there are games that are expected or heavily rumored to appear at the show that don't make an appearance, and this year featured a number of MIA heavy-hitters like Red Dead Redemption 2, Crackdown, the Final Fantasy VII remake and more.
What gives? Your guess is as good as ours. There could be any number of reasons why these games didn't make a splash at E3 2016. Some of them simply might not yet be ready to be shown to the public. Others might be held back for specific marketing reasons, while others may not have made significant progress since their reveals last year.
With all of that in mind, here are some of the biggest announced or heavily-rumored games that didn't make an appearance at gaming's biggest show.
This Microsoft exclusive made its debut at Microsoft's E3 2014 press conference, but since then, not much has been seen or heard about the title. It did make an appearance at Gamescom last year in Germany, but by and large, it continues to fly under the radar. Many fans expected the open-world game to take center stage at Microsoft's 2016 E3 press conference. That didn't turn out to be the case. It's unclear why exactly the game wasn't shown, and virtually no news about the title was offered. Hopefully, fans will learn more soon.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
No game made a bigger splash at E3 2015 than the Final Fantasy VII remake. Fans had dreamed of a modern day version of the JRPG classic for decades, and finally, Square Enix announced it would be a reality. Gameplay footage and CGI cinematics shown during Sony's press conference made it appear that at least the opening portions of the game were fairly far along. Later came news that the game would be episodic in nature, but since then, few details on the title have been released. E3 2016 seemed like the perfect opportunity for Square Enix to show off more of the game's new action-oriented combat system, but perhaps the title isn't as far along as fans hoped.
Last of Us 2
Last of Us 2 isn't officially announced, but it seems all but certain the game is in development, given comments from Naughty Dog and the first title's huge critical reception and popularity. With Naughty Dog now finished with the Uncharted franchise, it only seemed natural for Sony to reveal what the studio would be working on next. Of course, if Last of Us 2 is currently in development, it's likely in the early stages. However, that hasn't stopped companies like Sony in the past from showing a CGI trailer to get fans pumped years in advance. That didn't happen this year. Maybe next time?
Halo is Microsoft's killer app. While it's too early to expect Halo 6 anytime soon (Halo 5, after all, released less than a year ago), it seemed a safe bet to assume Microsoft would show a tease of what's next for the Master Chief, even if the actual game was two years away. There was precedent for it, too. Despite Halo 4 launching in the fall of 2012, Microsoft didn't waste any time teasing Halo 5 with a brief CG trailer at E3 2013. Precedent or not, Halo 6 was nowhere to be seen at E3 2016, though fans should expect to see the Master Chief at next year's show.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Of all the games missing from this year's show, Red Dead Redemption 2 is by far the most surprising. The game seemed like a sure bet. What appeared to be the game's world map leaked online in the weeks prior to the show, and publisher Take-Two continued to emphasize that the company would have a "strong" presence at E3 2016 while simultaneously referring to Red Dead Redemption as an ongoing franchise.
So, where is it? That's the question. Rumors hit the web that the game's trailer was set to debut at Sony's press conference on Monday night, but it was pulled last minute, given the tragic mass shooting in Orlando. Reportedly, the trailer featured an outlaw shooting up a tavern, a scene that the company deemed insensitive given recent events. Is there any truth to that rumor? Hard to say, and it should certainly be taken with a huge jar of salt (Sony's Adam Boyes says it's completely untrue). Still, if that's not the reason, what is? It's possible Take-Two and Rockstar simply want to hold off and reveal Red Dead Redemption 2 at a later date of their own choosing. That wouldn't be unusual by any means. More and more publishers have taken to announcing their games prior to or after the press conference to avoid being overshadowed by the huge amount of news and announcements that come out of the show every year. Regardless of the reason, let's hope the game gets an official reveal sooner rather than later.
What games were you disappointed to see missing from this year's show? Let us know in the comments below.