Cancelled video games that would have made millions
In the big industry of video games, projects get cancelled for a variety of reasons. Sometimes we find out why through official announcements or myriad rumors. Whether it’s from not meeting the standards of publishers or just getting lost in development hell, some games often get the boot before they can even reach the hands of anxious gamers.
Scalebound was an Xbox One-exclusive action-RPG by PlatinumGames first announced at Microsoft’s E3 2014 press conference. It followed the story of Drew, an adventurer who shares a symbiotic relationship with a dragon named Thuban. The two embarked on an adventure through the land of Draconis, battling enemy forces and giant creatures.
The concept behind the game was conceptualized back in 2006, but Platinum moved forward developing Bayonetta instead. The idea was revised and re-pitched until its development was officially approved during the final phase of development for the studio’s Wii U-exclusive action-adventure The Wonderful 101.
Scalebound was scheduled to launch in 2016, but a crowded holiday release schedule pushed it into 2017. The game made a few appearances at trade shows throughout the years, showcasing its large-scale combat scenarios and online cooperative multiplayer. However, the game’s development was cancelled in early January 2017. Microsoft commented: “After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for Scalebound.” As of writing, no other details have been confirmed over why the game was cancelled or if Microsoft will continue in a development partnership with Platinum.
Silent Hills was going to be the next installment in the Silent Hill series. Hideo Kojima was set to direct the project in collaboration with film director Guillermo Del Toro. The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus was also attached to the project to portray the game’s main character. When news of Kojima’s plans to leave Konami after finishing MGS V began to circulate, his involvement in Silent Hills was left unclear.
Konami finally confirmed the game was cancelled on April 27, 2015 after a variety of reports from those involved with the project had stated that the game was no longer in development. Despite the cancellation, Konami stated the Silent Hill franchise will continue.
Star Wars 1313
Star Wars 1313 was an action-adventure game set to be a gritty take on the Star Wars universe. By the tail end of its development, it was going to follow the exploits of a young Boba Fett exploring an underground area of Coruscant known as level 1313. But when Disney purchased Lucasfilm, it made the decision to change the Star Wars franchise’s position from internal development to a licensing model for Star Wars video games. As a result, on April 3, 2013, massive lay offs were made to LucasArts and all projects were canceled, including Star Wars 1313.
Fallout Online was an MMO that was being developed by Interplay Entertainment, the Fallout series’ original creators. Officially confirmed to be in development in 2009, the MMO would eventually be canceled in 2012 after a long legal battle between Interplay and new series publisher Bethesda that resulted in an out-of-court settlement. Bethesda then got the rights back to develop a Fallout MMO.
Source – Gamespot
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