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Ten Cancelled Games That Break Our Hearts

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May 8, 2015 | Written By: Ewan Moore

Tags: Cancelled Games, Konami, Hideo Kojima, Silent Hills, Metroid Dread, Agent, Star Wars 1313, InSane, Gotham by Gaslight, Time Crisis Adventure, Fallout Online, Sadness, Alien Crucible,

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Well, it’s official. Konami has confirmed that Guillermo Del Toro and Hideo Kojima’s Silent Hills is no more. By all accounts, the early demo indicated that it really would have been something special... a chilling and truly disturbing entry into the Silent Hill franchise that would have redefined what makes a great horror videogame (probably, we’ll never know now).

Unfortunately in videogame land, cancellations can be quite common, and Silent Hills is by no means the first time we’ve had an exciting game on the horizon, only to have it snatched cruelly from our grasp. So with that in mind, turn on Green Day’s Time of Your Life, have a good cry, and take a look through our list of the cancelled games that broke our hearts.

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Metroid Dread Detours to Dead End

Metroid Dread

Metroid Dread was a long gestating 2D Metroid game (remember those?) that would have been released for the DS (remember that?). The game was first announced in a 2005 issue of Game Informer, and would have reportedly served as a direct sequel to Metroid Fusion. In 2006, Official Nintendo Magazine gave the game a vague 2006 release date, but suggested we wait till E3 for more information. E3 came and went, with no news on Metroid Dread. Eventually, Metroid Dread faded into obscurity... many people thought the entire game was nothing more than a whisper of a rumour, and began to doubt if anything around them was real after all. In 2009, Yoshio Sakamoto confirmed in an interview for Other M that the game was indeed real at some point, and that it may even see the light of day eventually. Well, it’s 2015 now, so it ain’t looking good.

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InSane Out of Mind


InSane was billed as a survival horror game from none other than Guillermo Del Toro... can you sense a pattern here? The story would have come straight from Del Toro’s twisted imagination, with artwork from his long-time movie collaborator Guy Davis. Development had gotten so far as to warrant this teaser trailer, and things were looking rosy (in a creepy way).

However, after the disintegration of publisher THQ, InSane stalled. The rights to the game went back to Del Toro, who claimed in January of 2013 that a “very big company” had really responded to the game. Hmmm... I wonder what company that could possibly have been? It seems like Poor Del Toro just cannot catch a break with his videogame project.

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Gotham Got Gassed

Gotham by Gaslight

Gotham by Gaslight was a brilliant one shot comic book back in 1989 that saw a steampunk Victorian Batman hunt down Jack the Ripper, who had fled London to come to Gotham city (big mistake). Seriously, it was really, really awesome. What you might not know, is that a videogame based on that story was being planned for release by Day 1 Studios.

Some really cool looking test footage was revealed for the game which showcased just how perfect Batman looked in a misty Victorian setting, but THQ failed to secure the rights to the property, and the game was cancelled. Sure, we got the excellent Arkham games eventually, but I can’t help but wonder how much fun it would have been to punch Jack the Ripper in the face.


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Author: Ewan Moore

Freelance writer with an unhealthy adoration for all things Marvel, Doctor Who, and Nintendo. Ewan claims to play Smash Bros more often than he should.



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