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The Scorpion King [PS2 - Prototype]

The Scorpion King is a prototype for a fighting game / beat ‘em up that was created by Osiris Studios, based on the 2002 film with the same name (featuring Dwayne Johnson). It seems that the studio tried to pitch this demo to publishers that had the Scorpion King license (probably VU Games in North American and Universal Interactive in Europe), to get to develope it into a full game, but without luck.

In the end the publishers chose Point of View to work on their Scorpion King videogame, released in 2002 as The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian for the Playstation 2 and GameCube.

The Scorpion King demo by Osiris remained just a prototype and the studio closed sometime later (or did they evolved into an audio restoration agency?).

Thanks to Tork for the contribution!

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Anarchy Reigns (Max Anarchy) [Beta - Xbox 360 / PS3]

As we can read on Wikipedia, Anarchy Reigns (aka Max Anarchy in Japan) is an online beat ‘em up action game developed by Platinum Games and published by Sega for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The team shared some videos from an almost finished beta version in their Youtube Channel, in which we can notice a different HUD and more gore than the final version. Also, at Platinum Games’ blog there’s an interesting article about the development of the game (in japanese).

Anarchy Reigns was started as an online multiplayer sequel to Mad World, and the initial prototype in the images below shown the same cell shaded graphic in some early test-rooms. If you can read japanese and make a translation of the more interesting info in that article, please let us know! :)

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Kunio-kun: The Claw of Kowloon [PSX - Cancelled / Concept]

Kunio-kun: The Claw of Kowloon is a cancelled sidescrolling beat ‘em up game in the famous Kunio-Kun series, that was in development by Technos Japan for the Playstation. The project was probably still in early concept phase before being canned, but from what we can see in the images below, they planned to make the characters more “realistic” than the usual super-deformer style of the previous Kunio-kun titles.

A big thanks to Johnny Undaunted for the contribution and translation from japanese.

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Streets of Rage Reboot [Cancelled - Xbox 360 / PS3]

Streets of Rage is a remake / reboot of the original Sega Genesis / Arcade brawler that was in development for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC by Grin, the same team behind titles such as Terminator Salvation, Wanted and the cancelled Wanted 2 and Final Fantasy Fortress. Nothing much is known about this game, apart that is was a download-only title. The project was halted because of Grin’s financial difficulties that eventually bankrupted the company. In the gallery below we can see some concept arts and screens from an early build.

It seems that another reboot of Streets of Rage was also in development by Ruffian Games (the team behind Crackdown 2), but there are not many more info about this unseen project, apart from a beta / tech demo video preserved below thanks to Huff Allium!

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