The Xbox no shows of E3 2021: the games that were MIA

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Despite the dozens if not hundreds of games that were presented throughout E3, there were quite a few Xbox no shows. For all the exciting glimpses to be had at upcoming games, some prominent titles we were wondering about didn’t make it to the show. Here are some of the biggest games that would have been a welcome sight at E3, but took a rain check instead.

Beyond Good & Evil 2

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Beyond Good & Evil is one of those games with a passionate cult following so it was pleasant news when Ubisoft revealed that a sequel was in full development mode at E3 2017. However, that was after over a decade of false starts and dashed hopes, so while we’ve seen a little bit of Beyond Good & Evil 2, we’re still not holding our breath, especially after the departure of director Michel Ancel last year.

What little we’ve seen looks ambitious and breathtaking, and the most interesting item about the game is how they’re using collaboration platform HitRecord to involve the community in asset creation.

Everwild

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Described as a game “where unique and unforgettable experiences await in a natural and magical world,” Everwild is Rare’s brand new IP that was revealed at X019. But instead of delivering a presentation at E3 of what the game actually is, Rare only had their big Pirates of the Caribbean crossover for Sea of Thieves to show.

One of the probable reasons why Everwild was a no show is the departure of its creative director last year. The game is purportedly undergoing a complete overhaul, so that’s a good reason to bow out.

Fable

One of Xbox’s most beloved franchises, Fable is known for its reactive game design, where the actions of players can change not just the world but even their own appearance. Since the closure of Lionhead, the studio that created it, Playground Games has been tasked to reboot it. But this E3 Playground focused on showing off Forza Horizon 5, and might be why Fable was one of the Xbox no shows.

Gotham Knights

There’s a surprising level of interest in this game, a Batman game without Batman where players take on members of the Bat-family to restore justice in Gotham City. We already knew ahead of time it would be a no show, and WB Games focused on Back 4 Blood this year. The choice might have to do with pandemic-induced bottlenecks as Gotham Knights was recently hit by a delay in its release date.

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II

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Just yesterday we got to see a stylish montage of what kind of work Ninja Theory has been up to throughout the development of their sequel to the critically acclaimed Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. But as a matter of fact, Hellblade II wasn’t actually at E3 proper and was one of the Xbox no shows. According to Ninja Theory, they’ve yet to go into full production.

Skull & Bones

We can only believe that Ubisoft Singapore’s long-awaited pirate game Skull & Bones has hit some troubled waters. The game has been delayed several times since being announced at 2017’s E3, and while Ubisoft has invited comparisons to the maritime components of Assassin’s Creed Black Flag, we’ve not seen ship or sail of gameplay.

The game may have been announced a little early, as it hasn’t received nearly the same kind of spotlight in Ubisoft’s pressers since. In the meantime, we’ll just have to continue baiting our breath.

Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2

The marketing for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has been pretty open about what gameplay is meant to look like, what kind of work is being done and who has been involved. However, the game’s development has been waylaid by a number of shuffles including the removal of developer Hardsuit Labs from the project by publisher Paradox Interactive.

So while we might have heard a lot about the writing, design and visualization of this highly anticipated action RPG sequel, it’s release is likely quite a ways off.

Honorable Mentions

Of course, there’s loads of other games that didn’t make it into E3, but we’ve not made an official part of this list that’s because games like Perfect Dark, MachineGames’ Indiana Jones, Avowed and Elder Scrolls VI are so early in development and are blocked off by other projects in development that it’s unreasonable to expect a major role in a show.

Meanwhile, there have been no real time tables given for third party games like Diablo IV, Suicide Squad Kill The Justice League and the next Mass Effect and Dragon Age to really expect anything on the horizon. Meanwhile Ghostwire Tokyo, a Tango Gameworks joint, won’t arrive on the Xbox until it fulfills its contract with PlayStation, so it’s kind of way further out there.