8 Cliffhanger Endings That Will Never Be Resolved, Thanks Videogames

Published 10 months ago by Andy Farrant

To be continued?

A cliffhanger ending is an unresolved ending that hopes to lure people back by promising they'll find out what happens next. Sometimes, however, that promise is a big fat lie, and you never find out what happens next because there was no sequel, the sequel got cancelled, or the sequel just went ahead and ignored the ending of the last game. Just remember all these times videogames did precisely that.

Take Metal Gear Solid 5, for instance, One of the biggest plot points revolves around Metal Gear Sahelanthropus, a bipedal mech that is one of the greatest threats to peace the world has ever known.

Naturally, you want to make sure something like that isn't used for evil, so once Snake defeats it, he and the Diamond Dogs leave it lying around on one of their oil platforms and then a couple of children steal it.

This isn't the last you've seen of us! They seem to say, as they fly off towards the horizon in the crazy powerful W.M.D., which is ironic, because that is absolutely the last you see of them in any of the rest of Metal Gear Solid 5's 50 missions.

Turns out that had Kojima been left alone forever with infinite money, like he asked, we would have found out.

You see, on the Metal Gear Solid 5 collector's edition bonus disc, there are voice tracks, concept art and partially completed cutscenes for a mission 51, which shows Venom Snake travelling to Eli's Lord of the Flies-style island to take down him and Sahelanthropus.

All of this would have nicely tied up Eli and Snake's story, instead of leaving us with a massive cliffhanger, no resolution, and a weird desire to beat up Billy Idol.

Previously on Outside Xbox: 7 Game Endings That Made Us Go Wait, What

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Andy Farrant
Andy is co-editor at Outside Xbox, enjoys difficult moral decisions and fights like a cow. You might remember him from such defunct Xbox video channels as Inside Xbox.

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