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5 Cancelled Video Games That Will Be Dearly Missed

Not every idea out there has a great plan to turn it into a reality. Such can be the case for several things, games included. Some great concepts are out there for games, but the ones here never saw the light of day and are stuck in cyberspace to never be seen again, or scripts to be found later to return to said game idea at any time. Sometimes the interest simply would not be there or the project would not be funded properly. No matter what the case would be, gamers would never get a chance to experience something they would find out about and get excited for just to get the equivalent of getting socks for Christmas; complete and utter disappointment.

The games to be mentioned here would each offer either something new to the table or more of something we wanted more of from a particular game series. On this list are five cancelled video games that will be dearly missed and that I would welcome back at any time.

Metroid Dread

Like most games on this list, Metroid Dread got lost in limbo. Metroid Dread was originally announced back in 2005 via Game Informer magazine. The title was to be another 2D Metroid game and was to follow the events of Metroid Fusion.

The game was teased by various sources, such as IGN and the British Official Nintendo Magazine, but no solid information every came from it. When Nintendo was asked about it, they neither confirmed nor denied its existence. Due to a message found via a terminal in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, many thought that this game would eventually see this light of day. The message read “Experiment status report update: Metroid project ‘Dread’ is nearing the final stages of completion. This was confirmed later to be another rumor as Nintendo would deny this as well. Nintendo at the time was not working on a 2D title but also went on to say that it didn’t rule out other titles that could be 3D or 2.5D.

When Metroid: Other M came out, this brought up even more confusion. Yoshio Sakamoto (co-creator of the Metroid series) would be interviewed about the matter and he would never deny its existence but also never would tell us when it would be released. The game was “real” and may be released on a future date. So real that we still know nothing outside of the game “being done” but have no knowledge of a solid release for the game. Only that it does exist somewhere and can be brought back at any time.

Starcraft: Ghost

Originally announced on Sep 20, 2002, Starcraft: Ghost was supposed to be an escape from the real-time strategy focus and cater to a different audience.It would do this while telling the story of a female Terran known as Nova. The game would follow her as a psychic espionage operative (referred to as a “Ghost”) and is set years after the events of Starcraft: Brood War, the expansion that was released for StarCraft back in 1998.

The game looked to be more of an action title with some stealth elements. This could perhaps be compared to say Metal Gear or Assassin’s Creed. The stealth is fitting as the Ghost was a Terran unit in StarCraft that had cloaking as an ability. Not much was ever really said about the game’s story and the game over time became non-existant.

It was never officially confirmed as cancelled until Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime spoke out about the topic earlier this year. A game that would have no doubt more than make up for the terrible N64 port of the PC StarCraft, never saw the light of day. The game was set to release for the GameCube, Xbox, and PlayStation 2 as a spinoff title in the StarCraft series. Would Nova have been as iconic as Sarah Kerrigan? The world will never know.

Ender’s Game: Battle Room:

This game was supposed to be one that would simulate events that took place in the Orson Scott Card sci-fi novel, Ender’s Game. The game would specifically focus on the “Battle Room” portions of the story. The Battle Room was a zero-gravity chamber where talented kids would play what seemed like games at the time against one another while actually training for real combat against the Buggers (an alien race in the story) later on.

Having read this novel back in high school, I wondered if it would just have you play random matches in the Battle Room against the various teams in the story (Rat Army, Salamander Army, Dragon Army, etc) or have you train as Ender and company did, following the events of the novel, and leading up to the Bugger fight. Chair studios had been selected to put this game out, the same company that put out Shadow Complex. The game seemed to be in good hands and would give fans of the book a chance to experience the Battle Room for themselves. Perhaps you would attend command school and train in the Battle Room as your own character you created. Given it was a pretty big focus of the story, it would have been nice to control some of what was left to imagination and much later would become a film.

Outside of being confirmed to focus on the Battle Room, as implied by the title, not much was ever known about the game. Epic Games had acquired Chair studios at some point  and did not think the game planned would be unique or original enough to be worth putting out. After hearing that, Chair would drop the game and no more would come of what could have been a great game to experience. The game was meant to be a downloadable title for the next-gen consoles at the time, handhelds, and PC.

Mega Man Legends 3

Cancelled to never be seen again. Mega Man fans were eagerly anticipating a new title. A new Mega Man Legends game, being RPG style and may have not been the best new title to put out for people wanting more Mega Man, but it would have certainly been the one we needed.

Mega Man Legends 3 would have continued where the previous left off. It was announced late 2010 for the first time for the Nintendo 3DS. The very next year, In 2011, Capcom would confirm the game was cancelled. Like previous titles, fan input would have been something taken into high consideration, much like what is happening with Mighty No. 9 now. That’s another story…

Before the game got officially canned, there was supposed to be a prototype version of the game. It was to be put out sometime in 2011 through the Nintendo eShop with Barrett as a playable character and several missions. It would be an entry into a game many wanted because Mega Man hasn’t always had the best treatment from Capcom sadly. This would be something to hold onto until the day this finally releases. The worst part about this all, just this year, a company that was responsible for voice recording in the game (Cup of Tea Productions) would confirm that the game was “very close to completion”. Keiji Inafune (co-designer of Mega Man) had something to say on the matter as well. He has stated that if given the chance, he would still like to finish Mega Man Legends 3, regardless of the fact of him leaving Capcom back in late 2010.

Being a RPG game, these were able to offer more story than the side scrolling Mega Man titles. What the story actually is, at this point, is anyone’s guess.

Dirty Harry

What was introduced with a trailer that makes one thing of a Grand Theft Auto type game (a sandbox title) in which you control Dirty Harry himself, would be yet another entry that simply did not cross the development finish line. Anyone that wasn’t sold on what they saw was sold once the familiar “Do I feel lucky?” line ripped straight from the movie was played towards the end of it.

The concept was of course to play as Dirty Harry (Harry Callahan) himself. Given his good intentions but bad attitude, the idea was to place this in your control. It would have been nice for sure to control an iconic movie character in a game that was going to come out for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Next-Gen gaming (at the time) was the real deal, and this would have been the perfect spot to put both this character and a game based on him in the spotlight.

“We are focused on creating genre defining story-telling gameplay, along with next generation graphics depicting action-packed sequences that are consistent with the renowned films.”

The above quote and the trailer is pretty much all we got. The Collective, Inc would be responsible for putting out the game and were even working with Warner Bros. Ineractive Entertainment to make this a legitimate game that we could experience. Dirty Harry in a different medium. The Collective would later be pulled from the project, and the game would never be heard about again.

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Author:Victor Vellon

Victor has been gaming since his early childhood and plays many games. From retro to modern, his gaming knows no bounds. When not writing or playing games, he can be found engaging conversation on the Twitterverse as well as managing Video Gaming Hard Corps and it's many outlets.

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