Area 51 [PS2 XBOX – Cancelled]

Area 51 [PS2 XBOX – Cancelled]

Area 51 is a cancelled action / shooter game planned for Playstation 2 and Xbox that was in development by Midway Games West in 2000/2001. It was meant to be a direct successor to Atari’s 1995 light gun shooter which saw a re-release on PlayStation, PC and Saturn in the same year.

Sadly in 2003 Midway Games West closed down and only in 2005 Midway Studios Austin released a loose remake of the 1995 game and in 2007 another sequel called Blacksite: Area 51. We can assume that Area 51 2005 is a completely different project than the 2000 / 2001 one, as the development teams were different.

It’s interesting to notice that in 1998 / 1999 Midway Games West also worked on Area 51: Grey Dawn, an unreleased arcade brawler that could have been re-used as a base to create the concept for their cancelled Area 51 for Xbox and PS2. The only video preserved from the 2000 / 2001 project looks infact a mix between a shooter and a traditional beat ’em up. If you have more info on this lost game, please let us know!

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10 thoughts on “Area 51 [PS2 XBOX – Cancelled]

  1. ForWhomTheBellTolls

    @Earthworm Jim:

    I am pretty sure it is it’s own game, but judging from the protagonist’s look in the trailer, they may have modeled the Blacksite: Area 51 soldiers after him. But… I have also never played Blacksite past the demo so I wouldn’t know. Just saying my observations.

  2. ForWhomTheBellTolls

    @cameron rogers

    The one that was released was not the same 100%. The graphics in the video above were nowhere close to the same as the main game. Also, the main character and gameplay looked different. If anything, it would be a prototype or a beta of the game. So it does deserve to have a page, just change the canceled to beta.

  3. xage

    Area51 for original Xbox should have stayed in the closet !

    It’s one of the worst Xbox games.. sub-par graphics, sub-par story, mediocre engine, bland textures, abysmail copy&paste levels and so on..

    Blacksite was the 360 sequel and was much better !

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