Hellgate [Dreamcast – Cancelled]

Hellgate [Dreamcast – Cancelled]

Developed by Horny Dog and published by Jester Interactive, Hellgate was going to be a third person shooter for the Dreamcast, where to kill demons and going around for the levels with a motorcycle. Sadly the game was cancelled, as we can read on the old Horny Dog website: “The Sega announcement that they were ceasing production of Dreamcast hardware wasn’t much of a help, as well as the fact one or two members of our team didn’t have the game’s best interest at heart. […] We had spent 15 months developing the title, and although many of us felt we achieved so much, it wasn’t enough to save the title.”

Our friends at SuperiorVersion have found some nice screens from this project, you can check them all in here. A video from the intro of the game was later found by Dreamcast.es!

From the old developers website we can still read some interesting informations about the game:

magine a crossover between Quake and WipeOut. Got that image? Hellgate meshes these two genres, with high speed at your fingertips, as well as some meaty weaponry! There will be four gigantic realms to conquer, as well as ten formidable weapons to defeat the many demons and monsters lurking within Hell.

We will also be supporting Dreamcast’s online capabilities with online Deathmatch, Capture The Flag, Sumo and Time Trial modes, and also feature offline 4 player Deathmatch and link-up Deathmatch modes. The exciting thing is, Hellgate could well be the first Dreamcast game to support 12 – yes – 12 people.

In March 2009, a playable beta was somehow leaked and now you can download it and try Hellgate on your Dreamcast! Thanks to X-Cult for the file mirror

Thanks a lot to Borman & Dreamcast.es for the contribution!



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9 thoughts on “Hellgate [Dreamcast – Cancelled]

  1. David

    This was the first game I ever worked on. Horny Dog was a team within Jester Interactive. It got canned as we didn’t have a publisher and the owner was running out of money, while at the same time Dreamcast was going down the pan.

    1. monokoma Post author

      Thanks for the infos David :) It looks like it could have been a fun game, do you know if there could be any videos of it somewhere?

  2. Steve

    Hullo! I worked on the game as the UI artist, and also was responsible (and still am :) ) for maintaining the Horny Dog site – although now it’s a portfolio site, I’ve still kept online the previous versions of the site which include the Hellgate stuff.

    Cheers for the YouTube videos, it’s good looking back on what was my first “big” game project in the industry. Dreamcast was a dream to develop for.

    1. monokoma Post author

      Hi Steve! It’s nice to meet someone that worked on Hellgate :) Thanks a lot for keeping up the old HornyDog website, often when old websites are gone we lose a lot of interesting informations that are not preserved anywhere else (as in the case of Hellgate).

      Do you know something about HornyDog’s “next project” that was talked about in the news section of the old (vr1) site? For what we know, it was probably cancelled too :(

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