13 Games You Shouldn’t Expect to See This Year

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At the start of each year, gamers around the globe cross their fingers in hopes of playing the games they’ve been waiting to get their hands on for years. We’re here to bust your bubble and say that these games probably won’t be released in 2013.

1. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

  • First announced – Original Game: June 2009, Relaunch: October 2011
  • Last shown: September 2012
  • Planned release date: Q2 2013

Over the years, many have assumed that the PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIV would be canceled but Square Enix seems to have been determined to release it on both the PC and PS3. With all the issues surrounding the game, it wouldn’t be surprising if Square Enix pushed back its release date to tighten it up a bit. Although we’ve seen footage of the game, they were not of the PS3 version.

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2. Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes

  • First announced: September 2012
  • Last shown: September 2012
  • Planned release date: n/a

With Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance coming out next month, it’s unlikely that Konami would release two Metal Gear titles in the same year. Development for the game started in late 2o11 and will be using the brand new FoxEngine. With Metal Gear Solid 4 being announced in 2005 and released in 2008, it’s unlikely that Ground Zeroes will be released so soon.

The Phantom Pain

3. The Phantom Pain

  • First announced: December 2012
  • Last shown: December 2012
  • Planned release date: n/a

The Phantom Pain is surrounded by controversy. Almost immediately after its debut trailer was shown at the Spike Video Game Awards, gamers nitpicked the trailer tirelessly in hopes of proving that this game is the highly desired Metal Gear Solid V. Details are officially unclear about what The Phantom Pain is, but there’s no way in hell it will be released in 2013.

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4. Final Fantasy Versus XIII

  • First announced: May 2006
  • Last shown: January 2011
  • Planned release date: n/a

Final Fantasy Versus XIII is considered the Duke Nukem Forever of this generation. The PS3 exclusive Action RPG has been in development since 2005 but has been hidden in the shadows while Square Enix develops an entire Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. Versus XIII has missed various E3 and Tokyo Game Show events, spawning rumors that its been canceled, but Square Enix president Yoichi Wada has promised that we’ll get some details in 2013.


5. Tekken X Street Fighter

  • First announced: July 2010
  • Last shown: August 2010
  • Planned release date: n/a

Tekken X Street Fighter is Namco Bandai’s interpretation on the Capcom/Namco crossover fighting game, Street Fighter X Tekken. The two titles were announced along each other prior to EVO 2010 and we haven’t seen anything on Tekken X Street Fighter other than 3D models. As of April, the fighting game hasn’t reached 10% completion so we’re gonna cross our fingers for a 2014 release window.


6. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Patriots

  • First announced: November 2011
  • Last shown: December 2011
  • Planned release date: n/a

Rainbow 6: Patriots was announced in the December 2011 issued of Game Informer and is slated to be released this year. There have been little details on the game since its announcement, spawning rumors of its cancellation. However, Ubisoft’s CEO shot down rumors by saying the game was still in development but may get pushed back to next generation consoles. With that information on top of the game missing E3 2012, there’s no reason to expect the game to be released this year.

Watch Dogs

7. Watch Dogs

  • First announced: June 2012
  • Last shown: June 2012
  • Planned release date: 2013

When Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs took the floor at their E3 conference, it stole the show. The action-adventure title took away many awards, including IGN‘s Best New Franchise award and GamingExcellence‘s Best of the Show award. Developed by the minds behind the Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed titles, Watch Dogs is going to be a sure hit. However, with little information since its announcement, it wouldn’t be illogical to assume that Ubisoft Montreal is considering pushing Watch Dogs back to next-gen consoles like Rainbow 6: Patriots.

cartman8. South Park: The Stick of Truth

  • First announced: December 2011
  • Last shown: December 2012
  • Planned release date: Fiscal 2014

There is much anticipation for Obsidian’s upcoming South Park RPG, especially since South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are writing the script for the game and overseeing the project. The Stick of Truth was originally slated to be released in 2012 but was delayed in May. A March 2013 release date was announced at E3 but THQ pushed it back to “early fiscal 2014”, which is between April 2013 and March 2014.


9. Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix

  • First announced: September 2012
  • Last shown: September 2012
  • Planned release date: March 14, 2013 (in Japan), no date for other regions

Officially, Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix hasn’t been announced to come to North America and Europe but since it wouldn’t make sense not to ship it to other regions, we’re going to assume we’ll get it anyway. If it does ship to other regions, it may not be localized until 2014.

XCOM fps10. XCOM

  • First announced: June 2010
  • Last shown: June 2010
  • Release date: Fiscal 2014

Not to be confused with Firaxis’ totally awesome XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM is the troubled and controversial title being developed by 2K Marin. Since beginning development in 2006, the game has been previously developed by Irrational Games and 2K Australia, the latter later merging with 2K Marin. Unlike the original X-COM games, XCOM will be tactical first-person shooter, which was met with much disdain by long-time fans. XCOM was originally slated to be released in 2011, then March 6th, 2012 and is now expected to be released before March 2014. There have been rumors that 2K will cut its losses and release the title as a downloadable title rather than a full retail release. Rumors have also stated that it could be converted to a third-person shooter.


11. Destiny

  • First announced: November 2012
  • Last shown: November 2012
  • Planned release date: n/a

Little is known about Bungie’s upcoming game. No one is sure if this is the MMO they mentioned back in 2011 (they said they were joking) or something completely different. Destiny fell victim to heavy leaks in November, revealing that installments could be released every two years from 2013 to 2020, which makes sense considering they signed a ten-year publishing with Activision in 2011. With such scarce details on Bungie’s new title, we may not see the mysterious game this year.


12. Agent

  • First announced: July 2007
  • Last shown: 2011 (screenshots dated 2009)
  • Planned release date: n/a

In 2007, Sony Computer Entertainment announced that Rockstar Games, the minds behind Max Payne and Grand Theft Auto, were developing Agent exclusively for the PlayStation 3. And that’s all we know about the game. Over the last five years, we have been shown little to nothing about Agent other than a few screenshots that were rendered in 2009 and revealed in 2011. Publisher Take-Two Interactive confirmed in 2011 that Agent was still in development but after all this time, we’re still not expecting to see it any time soon.

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13. Dragon’s Crown

  • First announced: June 2011
  • Last shown: June 2011
  • Planned release date: 2013

Dragon’s Crown was announced back at E3 2011 and hasn’t been seen since. Co-developed and co-published by Atlus, the title will be released on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita sometime this year. Once taking over publishing duties from UTV Ignition Games, Atlus deemed the planned Spring 2012 to be ambitious and set a date for 2013. But given that we haven’t seen the game in almost two years and that it has a new developer on board, we may have to wait a little longer.

Did we leave anything off our list? Let us know in the comments section below!

  1. Bungie never officially announced Destiny, and legitimate court documents state that it WILL in fact release in 2013 with DLC codenamed ‘Comet’ releasing in 2014.

      • Pookah
      • January 7th, 2013

      “legitimate court documents state” wtf ?

      • Jexiah8bit
      • January 26th, 2013

      I heard about these court documents but I have never seen them on the web or anything.

    • Jackson
    • January 7th, 2013

    Ah yes, $ony with their titles announced @ E3 that never see the light of day (or launch decades later) time and time again. Overhype and underdeliver! GTFO of business $ony!

    • Paya
    • January 7th, 2013
    • Paya
    • January 7th, 2013

    Lol, I just read it. Street Fighter X Tekken and Tekken X Street Fighter are two different titles? What’s the point?

    • You should always read first. SFxT was developed by Capcom using their fighting style and TxSF is being developed by Namco using the Tekken fighting style

      • January 9th, 2013

      imagine street fighter characters in tekken movement style like tekken 6/TTT2. its very different combos.

    • Anonymous
    • January 7th, 2013

    You forgot The Last Guardian

    • We didn’t “forget” anything. We didn’t want to fill the list up with obvious games. If we raised the limit from 13, we would have included The Last Guardian.

    • Anji37
    • January 8th, 2013

    Actually, there were screenshots and video of FFXIV PS3 published. It looks like PC version with texture downgrade and controller UI. If the worst happens, it would at least be released on September 2013 and April 2013 at best which means it will be released on 2013. Beta even starts on February so I don’t know why you said it won’t be released on 2013… You know there’s weekly news updates about this game, right?

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