4 Games That Were Cancelled Too Soon
Let’s admit that we all had our hopes and dreams crushed before our very eyes as we discover that the game will no longer be coming out; using the dreaded word, Canceled. Silent Hill was one of those games that I waited, day and night, for the release date so I can buy it, considering that Konami haven’t made a Silent Hill game in a while. The most devastating of it all, for both Silent Hill and Nosgoth, is to be able to play it only for it to be taken down. Here I list four games that were cancelled way too soon due to a variety of problems.
This was one of the most highly anticipated video game in 2015 only to leave fans utterly devastated including me. But what we find out is the fact that there were problems even before and after the production of the Playable Trailer or P.T. This trailer has sent terror throughout the gaming community, which all the more hyped up the game. Hideo Kojima, after spending much of his career with Konami, branched away from them. Thus, ends the completion of the game that starred Norman Reedus, The Walking Dead star. This project was also in collaboration with director and screenwriter Guillermo del Toro best known for his works in Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, The Strain and Pacific Rim. This is the second game that del Toro has collaborated with that never saw the light of day. From what is being reported, there were many creative and other differences between Kojima and the company which enticed him to create his own company which will soon start producing their own horror games. Konami may still have the rights to Silent Hill so there may be a future game in the making just not the one we all expected to see.
Nosgoth was another unfortunate game that was cancelled in 2016 with their servers officially cut off on May 31st which makes it almost a year now and the Nosgoth Cup ran until April of 2016. Nosgoth was a muiltplayer Online Humans versus Vampires RPG fantasy game that was the spin-off to Legacy of Kain. The game was only in its beta mode when it was cancelled by Square Enix. Many users within the Nosgoth’s forums showed their anger and disappointment of the cancellation. Square Enix’s reason for shutting down Nosgoth was due to not generating enough interest in the game and having a small audience for it.
Another highly anticipated Xbox One exclusive game set to release in 2016 during holiday seasons only to be pushed back and then cancelled in January of this year is Scalebound. Microsoft is keeping quiet as to the relationship between the company PlatinumGames and Microsoft. Scalebound was fantasy game, which was showcased at E3 2014, was about the adventures of Drew and his dragon Thuban. Many questions arised as to the customization of both the dragon and Drew. One of the creators of the game, Hideki Kamiya, ensured the audience that there were customizations but only in terms of skills and not in Drew and the Dragon’s physical features. The size of the world, Draconis, was medium; not overwhelming for both developers to create and for players to explore. The reason for this cancellation has something to do with disagreements between Microsoft and PlatiniumGames Company.
This is a game that I’ve only recently heard of and am very disappointed that this was cancelled as it would’ve made an interesting game since it was coming from the mind of Stephan Spielburg, best known for Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, and finally the well known and beloved movie, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. There isn’t much out there about the game except for a few key information. What we do know about the game is that the title itself was a working title the developers created for the time being. After much research into this, the game’s main characters were a secret agent and a woman alien. It was cancelled due to there being another game coming out as well that, in their eyes, were just too similar which was the game Saboteur. The game was supposed to be an action-adventure game centered on a few key characters that experiences everything changing. The female character within the game, who is also an alien, shifts and changes (personality wise) throughout the game as Neil Young, EA Los Angeles General Manager and Vice Present, points out in his interview with Gamespot in Mid-2007. The game depended on the character’s actions as well as the relationship between the secret agent and the alien who is also the agent’s partner. This game would have been highly successful had it been published in the new next-gen game systems like Xbox One and PS4.
There are a variety of reasons for games to shut down before they are even finished with production. It could range from money issues, to staffing to even disagreements between developers but regardless of the reasons, it’s still sad to see potential games shut down. Let me know what other games you were sad to see get cancelled.