Over the years, companies have shown the projects they are working on ahead of time. For them, this works on several levels, since they can show what they are doing so that people remember that they are working on something new and they generate hype for a product that they are planning to release in the future. But this is a double-edged sword because if they cancel a game, they disappoint an army of fans that were ready to pay money for those games. Below, you’ll find a list of games that had a lot of potential, but never came out because they were canceled during their development. Do any other canceled games come to mind? Which ones? Which games from the list above would you like to play? Please leave your comments below.
A proper successor to arguably, the best and most popular massively multiplayer online game ever made sounds terrific, but Titan (which was being developed by Blizzard Entertainment) didn’t happen. The cancellation of the game, which took place in 2014, happened because there was a general lack of passion in the project. If a proper successor to World of Warcraft eventually comes out, I’ll be more than interested in seeing what that game is and what business model it follows.
Rainbow 6 Patriots
Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Patriots was another entry in the popular series of first-person shooters. In the game, you were going to play as a member of a counter-terrorist team (I think that’s been done before…) and you were going after a team known as the True Patriots. It all looked and sounded compelling, but the project didn’t pan out.
For horror games, Silent Hills sounded like a dream game. Developer Hideo Kojima, director Guillermo Del Toro and The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedes were behind this project at one point, but soon after Hideo Kojima confirmed that he’s leaving Konami, there were rumors about the game being canceled. Soon enough, rumors became true and the only thing we have to remember the game by is one of the best demos ever release: P.T.
Star Wars 1313
There have been action-adventure games set in the Star Wars universe before, but Star Wars 1313 looked gritty and realistic. In the game, players were going to play as a young Boba Fett who explored an area known as 1313. When Disney bought Lucas Film and Lucas Arts, the new owner decided to terminate the development of the terrific-looking adventure game.
Star Wars: Battlefront 3
The Star Wars: Battlefront series had a cult following and for years, they were clamoring for a new title. At one point, there was a Battlefront being developed by Free Radical Design (for some reason they never announced the game) and despite finishing 99% of the game, the title was canceled due to financial problems.
The original Fez was one of the most unique and fresh two-dimensional (three-dimensional?) platformers ever made and there was going to be a sequel. Unfortunately, lead designer Phil Fish decided to stop working on the game after having a strong argument with a journalist on Twitter. It’s hard to tell what Fez 2 would have looked like, but whatever the developer had in mind, I would have loved to play that.
A massively multiplayer online game set in the Fallout universe sounds amazing and developer Interplay Entertainment was working on exactly that. Unfortunately, the game was eventually canceled after publisher Bethesda acquired the rights to the Fallout property.
Mega Man Legends 3
Another cult series that comes up online all the time: Mega Man Legends. In the third entry, you were supposed to control two characters (Aero and Barret) and you would have joined forces with other characters from the Mega Man series. Keiji Inefune was working on the game and even when he left Capcom, the company continued the development of the game. But in 2011, Capcom decided to cease development because they were not happy with what they had.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned
Equal parts action-adventure and role-playing game, Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned was an open-world title based on the popular Disney films. The game was shown during E3 2009 and the journalists who had a chance to play it at the time, praised the gameplay and visual aspect. A lot of people are still disappointed when developer Propaganda Games axed the promising title.
Star Craft Ghost was going to be a military science fiction game with stealth-based mechanics set in the StarCraft universe, but the project never panned out. Over the years, StarCraft: Ghost has gained a legendary reputation for being a game that everybody wanted to play. It’s worth mentioning that Blizzard doesn’t shy away from canceling games when they are not happy with what they have. Even to this day, it’s uncertain if the company has a StarCraft Ghost in the works, but if they do, I’m pretty sure a lot of people would like to check that out.
Here are some other canceled games that looked promising: Six Days in Fallujah, Rockstar’s Agent, This is Vegas, BioShock (Vita), B.C. and LMNO.