Documenting unreleased, cancelled and prototype video games.
Covering unreleased and cancelled video games, plus prototypes and early versions of games on a variety of consoles and computers. We are a large archive dedicated to preserving games that were never released to the public. Sharing history and stories from the developers, assets and more before it is too late.
We are a non-profit digitisation project, aiming to digitally preserve software and history which would otherwise be lost for good. If for any reason there is anything that you do not wish to be on the website, please contact us for removal.
The next entry to go into the archive is a title which has been in my blurred memories for many years. I always recall sitting down and watching an episode of Gamesmaster on Channel 4 in the UK and seeing a 3D special, where contestants played a cool looking Star Fox style game. The contestants (and viewers at home) would need to wear a pair of classic 3D glasses to view the game properly.
Thanks to the power of the internet and all the magazine archives out there, I was discover that it was a title called Starfighter Ace. Planned for release by Mirage back in 1993 on PC only. What was surprising was that the title was being developed by Maelstrom, the Liverpool based team which had Mike Singleton at the helm.
A quick post showing two early Atari Lynx developments which would eventually turn into something completely different. Thanks to Ross Sillifant for highlighting both.
The first is a title called Monster Demolition, which has some video footage online of the game running. Here is a screenshot from an Italian gaming magazine which shows another scene from the game, and from a town/city scenario:
Thanks to Ross Sillifant, here are a few more screenshots for the unreleased Psygnosis Amiga game Superhero – which wasn’t cancelled as such, but oddly caught up in a police raid. More on that in a moment.
Restrictor was being developed by Arc Developments during the early 1990s for the Commodore Amiga (and also reportedly the C64). It was to be an original title from Arc, developed for Thalamus where you could drive and also fly, with around 4 planets to explore and various alien waves to fight.
The PlayStation Dino Crisis is a well known title by Capcom, and was designed by the very same team who had created Resident Evil. However, there was also to be a GameBoy Color conversion of the game as well. But overall there were not one, but two separate attempts at trying to bring the game to Nintendo’s handheld.
The first was being developed by Fluid Studios, which after cancellation, would move over to M4 Ltd as a completely new development and design direction. More details about both developments are already well covered and documented at Unseen64.
An anonymous contributor got in touch recently to provide some real pixel assets from the brief development, which you can see here and below. These include what we believe to be a previously unseen screen and dinosaur sprites.
The contributor crucially (and sadly) revealed that the Fluid Studios development of Dino Crisis never got beyond the design document that was created. The idea was that their development was to follow a similar engine/style as their Resident Evil development that was already underway – properly commencing once that development shipped in March 2000 as planned.
However, Fluid Studio’s Resident Evil was cancelled by Capcom in early 2000, due to them not wanting a conversion trying to closely replicate the more powerful PlayStation edition – fearing players wouldn’t actually enjoy it at all. This would ultimately condemn Dino Crisis, as it was about to follow pretty much the same path.
The images that you can see here were merely just mock up images produced by Fluid Studio’s artists in Color GameBoy palette and resolution (with the exception of one Dinosaur image which seems to be in the process of being converted to CGB format). They show roughly how the game and some of its key assets could have looked. Nothing playable had yet been produced at this stage, though it is remotely possible that assets could have been chucked into Resident Evil’s engine briefly for testing – but its unlikely.
At best, it is hoped that more mock up assets will surface in their raw form – especially some of the grainy images included in the design document that are missing from here. If anything more comes our way, we will add it to the page and let you know.
Originally starting off and named as Barbarian 3, this was originally to be a straightforward sequel to Barbarian 2, following a very similar structure. This was an early period of development when both Steve Brown and Richard Leinfellner were involved in the development.
Basically whilst the sequel was in development, Steve had already decided that the game would benefit being turned into a trilogy. So the once planned ending to number 2 was changed so that Drax escaped through a mirror at the end of the game to leave it open for a 3rd title.
The main major change was that the 3rd game would now scroll instead of being flick screen based. When an action sequence occurred, then the game would switch to a larger and zoomed in fight view for the 16-bit editions. The C64 would keep the characters the same size throughout.
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