Top 10 Video Game Announcements That Angered Fans

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Top 10 Video Game Announcements That Angered Fans

VOICE OVER: Riccardo Tucci WRITTEN BY: Alex Slade
Some video game announcements harner an incredible amount of hype, and others fall flat on their face. For this list, we'll be looking at game reveals that were a bit lackluster or missed the mark entirely. Our countdown includes “Fallout 76” (2018), “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” (2016), “Metal Gear Survive” (2018) , “Diablo: Immortal” (TBA) and more!
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Top 10 Deeply Disappointing Video Game Reveals (Announcements)


Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Deeply Disappointing Video Game Reveals.

For this list, we’ll be looking at game reveals that were a bit lackluster or missed the mark entirely.

Let us know which game you’re not going to be playing in the comment section below.

#10: “Fallout 76” (2018)

We understand trying to change things up to keep the experience fresh, but maybe don’t change one of the main reasons your entire series is so beloved. While the initial reaction to a new Fallout game was one of overwhelming excitement, it dwindled rapidly when we learned that there would be no NPCs. Fallout usually has unique and quirky characters and intelligent writing; it’s one of the things that fans love and have come to expect from the series. Single-player focused storytelling was always its strong suit, so the reaction to news of an online-only experience was doomed to be less than stellar.

#9: “Wii Music” (2008)

Can we please have an E3 without anything cringey happening? Nintendo definitely won the awkward award in the 2008 expo when introducing “Wii Music;” the Wii’s very own take on the music video game genre. Audiences who were lucky to attend the presentation in person were graced with Nintendo executives' magnificent performance as they demonstrated the game live. Watching them dance as they played made everyone sink into the seats and shut their eyes, and the off-beat performance was one of the poorest renditions of a Mario theme we’d ever heard.

#8: “As Dusk Falls” (2020)

When all we hear is “the most powerful console ever” and “teraflop this, teraflop that,” we’re going to expect some graphically impressive games in the Series X games showcase, NOT an interactive graphic novel. We’re sure the game will have a great story and will emotionally resonate with a lot of people, but a new console’s showcase should highlight what makes the console stand-out, both from its predecessor and its competitors. Games like “Life is Strange” and “Heavy Rain” are both story-driven, but they also play like traditional video games. “As Dusk Falls” looks like you’ll just be flipping digital pages.

#7: “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” (2016)

If announced today, this game would probably receive a much warmer reception. Unfortunately, they were a few years too early. Marketing it as a ‘return to its roots’ entry while setting the game in space and on different planets set off alarm bells for many. Fans had been growing more and more tired of the futuristic additions to the gameplay and the convoluted perks and abilities of the previous games — and were hoping that their concerns would be heard. Instead, we got the Infinite Warfare reveal trailer, which became the most disliked gaming video ever in 2016.

#6: “Shenmue III” (2019)

The first two games in the Shenmue series are widely held in the highest regard. For years, fans had been dreaming of a long-awaited third instalment. Almost a decade and a half after the release of“Shenmue II”, the announcement finally came, but it wasn’t what most fans had hoped for. The news came paired with a Kickstarter campaign, which meant there was a chance the game still wouldn’t come out if its monetary goal wasn’t met. It also gave cause for concern that the long-awaited game would suffer from budgetary limitations. So while exciting, this announcement also inspired a fair amount of anxiety.

#5: “Steep” (2016)

Ubisoft has made great games over the years — Far Cry, Rainbow Six, Splinter Cell, and Assassin’s Creed just to name a few. So, at the Ubisoft E3 2016 Media Briefing, when we all heard a new IP was inbound by the teams that had worked on The Division, Assassin’s Creed, and Splinter Cell, we were all giddy with excitement. Could it be a new shooter or an action adventure? No, instead, what was announced was an open-world sports title. While not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself, the resumes of the developers involved kind of created some false expectations.

#4: “The Elder Scrolls: Blades” (2020)

Whenever the words “The Elder Scrolls” are heard, heart rates increase and gamers collectively hold their breath. The series has won millions of fans over with its stunning vistas, fantastical creatures, world-building, lore, exploration, and a genuine sense of adventuring. Unfortunately, the announcement that “Blades” was going to be a mobile game left many fans looking to each other for emotional support. It stripped away the sense of exploration and the open-world, and simplified its first-person combat. Essentially, what we got, was a generic dungeon crawler, with an Elder Scrolls coat of paint slapped onto it.

#3: “Metal Gear Survive” (2018)

The first Metal Gear game released following the departure of Hideo Kojima was almost inevitably going to be met with a poor reception. He was Metal Gear, and if Konami was going to continue the series without him, the next entry would have to be mind-blowingly good. Sadly, it wasn’t. When Metal Gear Survive was announced as a co-op survival shooter that brought nothing new to the table, the collective worst fears of the fanbase were seemingly realized; Metal Gear was no more. Even if it didn’t have the Metal Gear name attached to it, its poor presentation, stiff animations, and uninspired combat would have still left everyone yawning.

#2: “Diablo: Immortal” (TBA)

We all knew this one was coming. Players sink thousands of hours into each game in the Diablo series, so it’s safe to say they’re invested and are craving more content. We all hoped for a full PC release of a new Diablo, but what was announced to us was – yep, you guessed it – a mobile game. A hardcore gamer’s game released exclusively on a casual gamer’s device was not the best move to make, and the boo’s among the crowd and their perplexed faces were a massive indicator of that. It’s okay, though, we mean, we all have phones, right? Uhhh… right? Uh oh.

#1: “Grand Theft Auto V” (2013)

In 2011, the trailer for GTA V was revealed. Fast forward to 2014, and we get a trailer for GTA V again, this time on Xbox One, PC, and PS4. It had only been out for a year, but at least it looked better. Come to 2020, and we get another GTA trailer. Is it GTA VI? No, it’s the same darn game that’s been out for seven years and released on two generations of consoles already. Fortnite is also being released on next-gen consoles, and we expect that to happen on every new generation, but please, don’t let it happen with GTA V. Rockstar probably expected the backlash, but it doesn’t matter if people keep purchasing the game.
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