7 Cancelled Games We Really Want To Play

Cancelled games

We probably will never get to play these cancelled games, which is a shame, because they look like pretty damn incredible.

Maybe the only worse thing than a game coming out and not being so great, is a great-looking game that never comes out at all. There’s been a few high-profile game scrappings in recent years, and here are the seven we wish we had the chance to get our hands-on:

Star Wars 1313

One of the most disappointing games cancellations in recent years was that of Star Wars 1313. Intended to be a gritty and relatively dark expansion to the Star Wars saga, the game looked absolutely incredible when the first gameplay demo made it’s debut. Gorgeous visuals, gameplay similar to that of Uncharted, and an interesting-looking story were all part of the action. Star Wars fans waited with baited breath during 1313’s long development period, and then… business politics got involved.

Disney bought LucasFilm, and with the deal Disney made the decision to close down the LucasArts branch responsible for making the game. Though a few rumours began to circulate with regards to 1313’s continued production, it’s become pretty clear to Star Wars fans that this title will likely never see the light of day.

Star Wars 1313 screenshot

Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned

The Pirates of the Caribbean films proved to be a solid move for Disney after their ride-turned-film-series racked in some large numbers at the box office. However, on the video game front things seemed a bit less impressive. Some shameless tie-ins and a Lego spin-offs haven’t really done the swashbuckling name many favours.

Armada of the Damned was looking to rectify that, as Disney Interactive Studio’s large open-world action/adventure game was stepping away from the film’s characters, and bringing in the treasure-chasing antics of Captain James Sterling.

The initial videos and screenshots of the game looked incredibly impressive, with stark visuals, brawling action and the ability to customise your own ship and crew to sail the seas, Armada of the Damned looked promising to say the least.

The project unfortunately sank in late October 2010.


Faith and a .45

Faith and a .45 wasn’t highly publicised, and it’s because the game always had a tough time finding a developer since its inception. Despite this, the game looked really interesting, as it took the form of a cover-based third-person shooter where players relied on co-op tactics to survive. The story followed a couple (who were also bank robbers) during the Great Depression, as they had to outrun a nefarious oilman bent on revenge.

The game required players to work together, much like Gears of War or Army of Two, and also featured online and offline co-op. Faith and a .45 did manage to get a trailer, which showed off some of the action the game had to offer.

Sadly, the game’s lack of a publisher forced it into early retirement. Now that’s a great depression.



The Command & Conquer series once tried its hand at a first-person shooter in the form of C&C: Renegade. The game didn’t blow gamers away, but admittedly, the idea intrigued everyone.

Tiberium was supposed to be another spin-off which gave the FPS genre another go. The game wanted to bring solid shooting gameplay mechanics, mixed with the RTS elements the series is primarily known for. The game got quite a way in terms of development process, with a number of trailers and gameplay videos showing off Tiberium in motion.

The game was cancelled due to failing to meet EA’s quality standards, which is unfortunate given the potential of the project.

Tiberium screenshot

Indiana Jones

Indy has had a fairly solid track record in games. His old point-and-click adventures, such as Fate of Atlantis, are still fan-favourites to this day; then when a current-gen Indy game went in the trash, it all came as a bit of a surprise.

Originally set to release on Xbox 360 and PS3, the LucasArts developed game was going to be the premier showing of the NaturalMotion Euphoria engine. Unfortunately, LucasArts began prioritising The Force Unleashed, which led to internal struggles within the development house. The game was then shelved, and ironically sits as a dusty old relic that Indy himself would track down. Check out the game in action.

Cancelled-Indiana-Jones-title (1)

Dirty Harry

While many may think that a Dirty Harry game would never be considered (it was) and whether Clint Eastwood would approve (he did), there’s no denying that it would make for an awesome shoot-‘em-up.

The game was planned to take players back into the shoes of San Francisco’s no-holds-barred police officer, with Eastwood on-board to provide voice work. It all sounded a too good to be true, and the closure of developer Foundation 9 solidified that notion. Warner Bros. Interactive still have the publishing rights, but no word has been heard of Dirty Harry since the cancellation.

A trailer for the game was released, but that was about it.

Dirty-Harry (1)

Untitled Darth Maul Star Wars game

While we were treated to two Star Wars: The Force Unleashed games which gave us the ability to take on a young and powerful Sith apprentice, there was a game in the works which was going to throw us into the cloak of one of Star Wars’ most mysterious (and downright badass) siths, Darth Maul.

Being developed by small studio Red Fly, the game’s vision was much different than that of other Star Wars games, blending stealth with violent lightsaber combat. The unnamed Darth Maul project was cancelled in June 2011, a disappointing turn of events former Red Fly employees link to George Lucas’ decision to sell Lucasfilm and LucasArts to Disney. The point of cancellation came right when Red Fly exited the prototyping phase for proper development of the game.

The leaked gameplay video gives a look at carnage Maul could unleash in this game, including a few decapitations against some foes.

Darth Maul game


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  1. Kiffness

    October 27, 2015 at 09:10

    All of these look amazing? Why didn’t they ever make any of them?

    • Liv

      October 27, 2015 at 09:38

      Budget cuts?

  2. POItjie

    October 27, 2015 at 09:11

    O why o Why did you have to mention Tiberium. Now I am all sad all over again. I really wanted to play that, was going to be so epic.

    I would love the guys behind Assassin’s Creed to do a Indiana Jones game. That would be awesome. Even my wife enjoyed the older Indiana Jones games. we need a new one…..ok I will stop ranting now.

    • jj

      October 27, 2015 at 09:18

      I never played any of them were they any good? For some reason all I can remember was Pitfall, that Indiana Jones sort of spin off game

      • POItjie

        October 27, 2015 at 09:25

        They had some really good puzzles sections and some fun combat. I really enjoyed them. Wish they could make a new one now.

        • jj

          October 27, 2015 at 09:34

          Will check them out. How old are they?

          • POItjie

            October 27, 2015 at 09:40

            Indiana Jones and the Emperors Tomb was the last one I played and that was in 2003.

      • Hansie

        October 27, 2015 at 09:37

        Pitfall was so awesome. I remember that from when I was a kid. It was something like one of the first of games.

  3. Jones99

    October 27, 2015 at 09:12

    That Commonad and Conquer game was so awesome. The only limiting thing was that for multiplayer there were no bots to play against. So it would be fun to lab but I only had 2 pc’s so it wasn’t as much fun as it could have been. Tiberium looks like it would have been fun but the game would have been limiting if they didn’t try something new.

    • POItjie

      October 27, 2015 at 09:17

      Well Tiberium had the awesome idea of you only have one gun, that morphs into multiple other guns. I liked that idea and it made it super high tech.

      • jj

        October 27, 2015 at 09:19

        Very cool. It kind of reminded me of some of the half life mods where you could only be a soldier or sniper or whatever

        • POItjie

          October 27, 2015 at 09:41

          I miss Half Life Multiplayer. had loads of fun back in the day.

  4. Liv

    October 27, 2015 at 09:14

    The Pirates of the Caribbean game would have been fun. I imagine it would be like assassins creed or prince of Persia. Would be sick jumping from ship to ship ransacking

    • Marshal

      October 27, 2015 at 09:15

      Yeah would have been sick. Like the GTA of the Seven Seas

      • Based God

        October 27, 2015 at 09:33

        Hahahahahaha pretty much the most awesome thing ever

      • B4K€R

        October 27, 2015 at 09:35

        So pretty much the perfect game?

      • lol all day

        October 27, 2015 at 09:36

        Sounds legit

      • Kev_dogg

        October 27, 2015 at 09:36


      • Inx

        October 27, 2015 at 09:36

        Hehe I’d buy it

    • Liam

      October 27, 2015 at 09:32

      Sounds epic

  5. Kyle_S

    October 27, 2015 at 09:16

    The Star Wars games look like they would have been a lot of fun but we are about to become inundated with Star Wars games.

    • Based God

      October 27, 2015 at 09:32

      Hahahahahaha don’t hate

  6. Darth Vader

    October 27, 2015 at 09:20

    A darth Maul game?? Sounds lame

    • Just for kicks

      October 27, 2015 at 09:22


    • angry gamer

      October 27, 2015 at 09:24


    • Based God

      October 27, 2015 at 09:32


  7. The Dirtiest Harry

    October 27, 2015 at 09:21

    A Dirty Harry game would have been cool. I imagine it would have been like Driver. Quite gritty but with a lot more gore.

    • Driver Fan

      October 27, 2015 at 09:22

      Let’s just take a second and remember driver. What a fun game.

      • Nico

        October 27, 2015 at 09:25

        Such a classic

      • Clive

        October 27, 2015 at 09:26

        I thought they were a bit 1 dimensional

        • Based God

          October 27, 2015 at 09:26

          Maybe the first 1 but the second 1 was great

    • Liam

      October 27, 2015 at 09:25

      That would be awesome

  8. Captain Jack

    October 27, 2015 at 09:23

    It’s weird that a pirates game was never made. Those movies were huge!!!!

  9. angry gamer

    October 27, 2015 at 09:24

    I’m mega bleak that none of these were made

  10. Trill Bill

    October 27, 2015 at 09:27

    Fuck they all look great!!!!!!!!!

  11. C&C God

    October 27, 2015 at 09:28

    Faith and a 45 doesn’t really feature on my radar buy the rest would have been awesome

  12. Clifford

    October 27, 2015 at 09:29

    Indian Jones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Daniel

    October 27, 2015 at 09:30

    I’m so excited for all the new Star Wars games

  14. M A $ E

    October 27, 2015 at 09:30

    This list has me Indiana jonesing hahahaha

    • Andrew

      October 27, 2015 at 21:19

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  15. New Gamer

    October 27, 2015 at 09:31

    The Pirates game would have been fun

    • Captain Jack!!!!!!

      October 27, 2015 at 21:19

      Fuck yeah

  16. Ale

    October 27, 2015 at 21:18

    Awesome article!!!!!!!

  17. Dirk Jansen van Rensburg

    November 3, 2015 at 12:37

    Awesome list gents! now for some cancelled franchises. .. ( hint hint…) #deadspace

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