Each year our video game addiction is sated with a fair share of good games, but sometimes great games never see the light of day. Below is a short list of some of the most promising games that we’ll never have a chance to play, because they don’t exist.
Ultima Worlds Online: Origin
Set to become one of the most stunning MMOs of it’s time this game was eventually cancelled by EA, who then used the Origin name on their digital distribution platform. I would have rather had the game.
Cancelled 2001 – Watch a video
Resident Evil “3.5”
One of several “tech demos” created before Resident Evil 4 came to be, this game would have retained the feel of the first two RE games and utilized modern graphics capabilities. I would have prefered this to Las Plagas fast zombies. (Blasphemy, I know)
Cancelled 2003 – Watch a video
A stealth action game in the vein of Spinter Cell and Thief, starring the most popular unit in the Starcraft Universe, the cloaking sniper unit: Ghost. Had this been released we’d probably be eagerly awaiting it’s upcoming sequel as much as Diablo III.
Cancelled 2005 – Watch a video
A dark fantasy FPS featuring some extreme medieval combat as well as some really revolutionary rendering techniques. This would have been a game changer for dark fantasy roleplaying.
Cancelled 2010 – Watch a video
Mega Man Universe
A 2.5D Mega Man game where users would have been able to create there own content. Cancelled after original Mega Man creator, Keiji Inafune, left the studio. This could have spawned thousands of hours of extremely creative user made content.
Cancelled 2011 – Watch a video here
StarCraft: Ghost is such an epic idea that it could have its own series.
Shenmue 3, Shenmue Online
Call of Cthulhu Destiny’s End http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwIYo75C2UY
and Call of Cthulhu Beyond the Mountains of Madness
Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines 2 or whatever it woulda been called
I guess there’s a lot of stuff in Development Hell and choices depend on tastes. I really wish COC had become a serious gaming franchise.