Update: this game was later released and renamed to Ar’Kritz the Intruder for PC only! The Playstation version was never released.
Parasite is a cancelled side-scrolling action adventure that was in development by Virtual Studio (while other sources report that it was created by Sony Interactive or Psygnosis / Sony Studio Liverpool) and it was going to be published in 1996, for the original Playstation and PC. Even if it looked nice and it could have had a fun gameplay (somehow similar to Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee maybe?), in the end the project was canned for unknown reasons. As we can read in the original press release:
Parasite is a film-noir thriller with a twist. In it you play an ordinary guy thrown into extraordinary circumstances – possessed by an alien law enforcer, you’re forced to walk the mean streets in search of undercover extra-terrestrials. But as the alien slowly mutates your host body, you’d better help him solve this one quickly, before you shape-shift beyond recognition.
Parasite features two quests in one, as you balance your own need for an
antidote with the relentless demands of the alien who’s got an agenda of his own.
Featuring a fully rendered 3D city to explore (with over 300 screens of, this dark adventure game explores an alternate reality where Raymond Chandler meets William Gibson.
There are not much more info on Parasite, but Celine was able to find some more screens in Game Pro issues 75 and 79.
Videos (from the released PC version):
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