Phase Zero [Jaguar – Cancelled]

Phase Zero [Jaguar – Cancelled]

Phase Zero (also know as “Hover Hunter” in early previews) is a cancelled first person shooter developed by Hyper Image for the Jaguar. A playable demo was somehow leaked online and many videos and reviews of the game can be found on Youtube. Phase Zero looked really nice and it was fun enough, but something went wrong during the development and Hyper Image were not able to finish their project.

Thanks to Celine for the contribution! Scans from Cd Consoles magazine, issues #4, #5, #8 and #13.



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10 thoughts on “Phase Zero [Jaguar – Cancelled]

  1. Adam

    If I recall correctly this was also going to feature LAN play (the Jaguar did have devices which allowed you to link units together). From what I played of it, the game is like Hover Strike but more polished and with much better graphics.

  2. Ross Sillifant

    Steering well clear of all the claims over what exactly went wrong during games development, instead looking at game itself, i’ve read a few comments over the years saying that whilst the engine itself is very impressive and if it’d be used by other developers as ‘middleware’ we could of seen a lot more impressive Jaguar titles, Phase Zero itself as a game, is lacking a lot of meat on it’s bones..i.e not that much to do….

    So unless drastic changes were made before release, i think this would of had a poor reaction at review, with the press going to town on it’s very limited gameplay.

  3. Ross Sillifant

    Forwarded over Atari memo sent to Jack Tramiel, Phase Zero among many terminated titles.

    Dated March 8 1996

  4. R

    I won’t lose my hope in seeing the source code of this game popping up someday. More unreleased games are popping up as of late which is amazing.

  5. Ross Sillifant

    It would be fantastic if this was found, released and the Homebrew community built a decent game on the back of it.

    1. R

      Personally i would like to see Songbird finishing this one. I don’t trust the Jaguar homebrew scene with the likes of Reboot (especially knowing they’re hoarding a unreleased game doing nothing).

  6. Ross Sillifant

    Jaguar Homebrew scene is 1 I’m very glad to have avoided.

    I’m well aware a good few ST coders and artists of commercial titles were not happy to see their work ported over to Jaguar and sold on cart without their permission being asked, let alone given.

  7. R

    i’m still amazed that they haven’t put the man behind those ports and the group he’s involved with it behind the bars (they have a very negative reception in some forums), for example, i’m working on a homebrew game based on a public demo (that anybody could use to develop a full game from it), not soon after CJ and the guy 3rg backstabbed my friend by saying that we’re not allowed to publish the game (they helped him in some parts of the programming)…and i ask why? That public demo was a freeware game that ANYBODY could modify and make and original title from it. That doesn’t make any sense… :/

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