Waiting for a game to come out is a tricky business. You’d think it would be easy, seeing as you just have to sit there and wait, but it’s actually a good deal more complicated than that.
On one hand, you don’t want to overhype a game too much. Sometimes going into a game without knowing much about it can make for a hugely rewarding experience, as everyone who went into Untitled Goose Game blind discovered.
Meanwhile, overhyping can blow up in your face. Haze, Duke Nukem Forever, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II and most recently Anthem can attest to that.
Of course, bad games are bad games whatever the run up to their release is like. However, when expectations get too high, a game is doomed to fail to meet those standards, and thus can be disappointing and great at the same time.
Conversely, the best way to satiate an appetite for an unreleased game is to read up on the features and discuss it, inevitably leading to more hype. It’s a tricky tightrope.
These ten aren’t games that we expect to be bad then; most will probably be rather good. But with controversy, delays, or dangerous overhype, they’re all making us slightly nervous.
Stacey Henley is a published author, avid gamer and all-round nerd. She can most often be found roaming through vivid expansive spaces and discovering the world around her, but only in video games. In real life, she mostly stays home.