Why Can’t We Have Nice Things?
The sudden cancellation of Final Fantasy XV’s extensive set of DLC has left many a fan of the epic bromance severely disappointment. The additional content had promised a deeper look at the various characters as well as plenty of new foes to overcome. While it might sting to know there’s going to be a severe lack of Noctis in the immediate future, at least this highly successful entry in the franchise didn’t end up meeting the same fate as these titles…
#5: “GoldenEye 007” (Xbox Live Remake)
When it comes to first-person shooters, the classic title Goldeneye for the Nintendo 64 is considered a massive landmark in the genre, as well as one of the best movie-tie-in games ever produced. So naturally, nostalgic gamers looking to relive their cherished memories have been eager for a modern update to the classic title. In 2008, it looked as though this wish would be granted, as word got out that developer Rare as well as Microsoft, MGM and Activision would bring an HD remake of the influential shooter to the Xbox Live Arcade. Sadly, copyright disputes killed the game like a shot from a golden gun.
Imagine How to Train your Dragon but filtered through a lens of anime and rock music and you’ll have a pretty good idea of why this game’s cancellation earlier this year was such a downer. From legendary studio PlatinumGames and director Hideki Kamiya, who helmed such classics as Devil May Cry and Viewtiful Joe, the game would have had players assume control of a massive dragon and its human rider Drew in a wholly original fantasy world known as Draconis. The game was originally slated for release in 2016 before being pushed back a year but was finally canceled earlier this year, for reasons that have yet to be clarified.
#3: “Star Wars: 1313”
The acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney in 2012 resulted in a lot of great things, but sadly also brought about the cancellation of this highly anticipated title. A dark, gritty third-person action shooter reminiscent of the Uncharted series, the game would have had players assume control of the legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett and explore Coruscant’s seedier side as he ventures into Level 1313, a lower level of the galactic capital and home to numerous shady criminal elements. Despite looking like every Star Wars fan’s dream when it was unveiled at E3 2013, development of the game was halted after developer LucasArts was shut down by Disney.
#2: “Silent Hills”
A horror game masterminded by Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear Solid series and director Guillermo del Toro sounds too good to be true, and it turns out the world just wasn’t ready for a dream team of that magnitude. Hype for the much-anticipated project reached a fever pitch upon the release of the game’s playable trailer P.T, which sees Norman Reedus’s protagonist navigating an endlessly looping hallway populated by pure nightmare fuel. But in 2015 it was announced by Del Toro that the game was officially cancelled following Kojima’s break from publisher Konami, leaving us dreaming of the nightmares that could have been.
#1: “Half-Life 2: Episode Three”
While no word on the future adventures of everyone’s favorite mute, crowbar-swinging theoretical physicist has been issued from Half-Life developer Valve, the resignation of series writer Marc Laidlaw from the company, as well as the leak of a story treatment for the planned next installment, it’s somewhat safe to assume we won’t be seeing a new Half-Life game anytime soon. Given the series’ legendary status and a legion of devoted fans, many of whom still hold out hope to this day that they’ll get closure on the series, we can’t think of a bigger shame. Maybe it’s time we all just moved on.
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