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7 Cancelled Games We Really Want To Play

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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.

Armada-of-the-Damned

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.

Faith-and-a-45

Tiberium

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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Kiffness
Kiffness
5 years ago

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

Liv
Liv
5 years ago
Reply to  Kiffness

Budget cuts?

POItjie
5 years ago

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
jj
5 years ago
Reply to  POItjie

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
5 years ago
Reply to  jj

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

jj
jj
5 years ago
Reply to  POItjie

Will check them out. How old are they?

POItjie
5 years ago
Reply to  jj

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

Hansie
Hansie
5 years ago
Reply to  jj

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

Jones99
Jones99
5 years ago

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
5 years ago
Reply to  Jones99

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
jj
5 years ago
Reply to  POItjie

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
5 years ago
Reply to  jj

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

Liv
Liv
5 years ago

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
Marshal
5 years ago
Reply to  Liv

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

Based God
Based God
5 years ago
Reply to  Marshal

Hahahahahaha pretty much the most awesome thing ever

B4K€R
B4K€R
5 years ago
Reply to  Marshal

So pretty much the perfect game?

lol all day
lol all day
5 years ago
Reply to  Marshal

Sounds legit

Kev_dogg
Kev_dogg
5 years ago
Reply to  Marshal

Hahahahahahaha

Inx
Inx
5 years ago
Reply to  Marshal

Hehe I’d buy it

Liam
Liam
5 years ago
Reply to  Liv

Sounds epic

Kyle_S
Kyle_S
5 years ago

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
Based God
5 years ago
Reply to  Kyle_S

Hahahahahaha don’t hate

Darth Vader
Darth Vader
5 years ago

A darth Maul game?? Sounds lame

Just for kicks
Just for kicks
5 years ago
Reply to  Darth Vader

Hahahahahahahahahaha

angry gamer
angry gamer
5 years ago
Reply to  Darth Vader

Lol

Based God
Based God
5 years ago
Reply to  Darth Vader

Hahahahahah

The Dirtiest Harry
The Dirtiest Harry
5 years ago

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
Driver Fan
5 years ago

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

Nico
Nico
5 years ago
Reply to  Driver Fan

Such a classic

Clive
Clive
5 years ago
Reply to  Driver Fan

I thought they were a bit 1 dimensional

Based God
Based God
5 years ago
Reply to  Clive

Maybe the first 1 but the second 1 was great

Liam
Liam
5 years ago

That would be awesome

Captain Jack
Captain Jack
5 years ago

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

angry gamer
angry gamer
5 years ago

I’m mega bleak that none of these were made

Trill Bill
Trill Bill
5 years ago

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

C&C God
C&C God
5 years ago

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

Clifford
Clifford
5 years ago

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

Daniel
Daniel
5 years ago

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

M A $ E
M A $ E
5 years ago

This list has me Indiana jonesing hahahaha

Andrew
Andrew
5 years ago
Reply to  M A $ E

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

New Gamer
New Gamer
5 years ago

The Pirates game would have been fun

Captain Jack!!!!!!
Captain Jack!!!!!!
5 years ago
Reply to  New Gamer

Fuck yeah

Ale
Ale
5 years ago

Awesome article!!!!!!!

Dirk Jansen van Rensburg
Dirk Jansen van Rensburg
5 years ago

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

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