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Top 10 Cancelled Video Games

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Script Written by Nick Williams Teaser trailers and early gameplay videos always get gamers hyped up. But sometimes, even the most promising titles end up in the can end up fading into dust. For this list, we’ve selected games that were officially announced So for those of you looking for Half Life 3, it can’t make the list since its development has neither been confirmed nor denied. Special Thanks to our users "Germano Pontes" "DatBagel" "Dionel Reyes-Ramirez"

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Top 10 Cancelled Video Games

Teaser trailers and early gameplay videos always get gamers hyped up. But video game development is a difficult process – sometimes, even the most promising titles end up in the can in fading into dust. Welcome to, and today we’ll be counting down the Top 10 Cancelled Video Games.

For this list, we’ve selected games that were officially announced So for those of you looking for Half Life 3, it can’t make the list since its development has neither been confirmed nor denied.

#10: “B.C.”

In “B.C.,” players would have been tasked with developing a tribe of cavemen fighting for survival in a dinosaur-infested world. Realistic ecosystems and food chains were promised. If you hunted a certain type of animal too much, it would go extinct and cause a chain reaction that could lead to long-term catastrophe. It sounds like a really ambitious idea – and it was, in fact, TOO ambitious. “B.C.” was cancelled after its developers determined that its scope was too big for it to be completed in a way that would satisfy gamers.

#9: “Thrill Kill”

Just several weeks before it hit stores, Publisher Virgin Interactive decided to cancel “Thrill Kill” after they were acquired by Electronic Arts. After the game got the restrictive Adults Only rating from the ESRB, the EA Board eventually decided to cancel the game, citing its gory and rather offensive nature. Fortunately for those sadists that want to try out this gory fighter, the developers decided to leak the near-completed version online after the game got canned. It must suck to work so long on something and have it cancelled by some new board members. That's EA for you!

#8: “Gotham by Gaslight”

The “Arkham” series is awesome, but before those games there was another epic story-driven Batman game in development. “Gotham by Gaslight” was to be based on the comic series of the same name, and throws Batman in a Victorian England steam-punk setting, where the main villain is Jack the Ripper. It sounds cool, but unfortunately THQ couldn't secure franchise rights to the iconic caped crusader, and this game was cancelled after only one early teaser video.

#7: “Prey 2”

The original “Prey” fused visceral run-and-gun shooting gameplay with some interesting mechanics, such as the ability to manipulate gravity and to make your Cherokee main character perform 'spirit walks.’ In “Prey 2”, you would have played human bounty hunter with amnesia as he attempted to uncover his past and blast aliens on the planet Exodus. “Prey 2”'s development was troubled from the start, and after almost 6 years in development the game was cancelled because it didn't meet Bethesda's “quality standards.” 6 years of work down the drain? Yeouch!

#6: “Shenmue III”

Perhaps no Sega property is as revered by hardcore gamers as the “Shenmue” series. We all know of the demise of the Dreamcast and despite “Shenmue 2” being ported to the Xbox, it sold poorly even with rave reviews. Sega has no plans to finish the series – and what’s worse is that according to developers, the story has been completed. While fans still cling to hope that it may still happen, seeing as the budget for the first 2 games was a whopping $70 million, it’s unlikely Sega will drop invest a good amount to meet the first 2 games expectations.

#5: “Sadness”

There was a lack of adult-oriented games on the Wii, so it's a shame that “Sadness” never saw the light of day. One of the first games announced for the console, “Sadness” mixed beautiful-looking black and white graphics with horror gameplay that was going to be tense and psychological. It promised a really unique storyline, dealing with mental disorders and family issues in a bleak, Eastern European setting. The game's release became questionable when no gameplay footage was shown, and eventually it was unceremoniously cancelled due to development issues.

#4: “Star Fox 2”

“Star Fox 2” had its plug pulled mere days before hitting stores because Nintendo felt that the recently-released N64 would translate to poor sales. The original “Star Fox” was an on-rails space shooter with innovative 3D graphics, and “Star Fox 2” improved on its gameplay with more open-ended mission structure and a bigger fleet of ships. Fans translated the completed Japanese version, so although this game was officially cancelled, its still rather playable, and its strategic layout eventually became part of Starfox Command on the DS, so not all was lost.

#3: “StarCraft: Ghost”

Blizzard also had another project, an MMO known as ’Titan,’ that was cancelled recently. Though With “StarCraft: Ghost,” Blizzard was planning to give us an up-close-and-personal look at its much-loved “StarCraft” universe. In Ghost, a stealth shooter, you would have controlled a Terran Ghost named Nova as she used various gadgets and technologies to sneak her way through hostile encampments. Blizzard has a great track record with its games, so “Ghost” must have been cancelled for good reason.

#2: “Star Wars: 1313”

When Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2013, they shut down its video game studio, LucasArts. The closure of the legendary studio led to several game cancellations, most notably “Star Wars Battlefront 3” and “Star Wars: 1313”. Simply put, early gameplay footage of 1313 looked spectacular. It was meant to be the grittier, more violent take on the Star Wars universe so many of us have been wanting for a long time. Still with the confirmed revival of the “Battlefront” series, one hopes that this highly anticipated third-person shooter is next in line for a rebirth.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

“Eight Days”

“Dirty Harry”
“Fez 2”
“Donkey Kong Racing”

#1: Multiple Megaman Games

Capcom certainly has a way of breaking the hearts of fans everywhere by cancelling not one but four highly-anticipated Megaman games. First there was “Megaman Legends 3” was the long-awaited sequel to the cult classic 3D platformer “Legends” games. There was “Maverick Hunter” a dark and intense-looking First Person Shooter. Then there was “Megaman Universe,” a sandbox that allowed players to create and share their own classic 2D Megaman-style stages. And finally, there was an MMO known as “Megaman Online” ; all of which got the unceremonious chop. And now with series creator Kenji Inafune having left Capcom to make Mighty No.9, One of the most iconic video game characters of all time may as well be cancelled all together.
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