SwitchDeath / Deathmatch [Jaguar – Cancelled?]

SwitchDeath / Deathmatch [Jaguar – Cancelled?]

Switch Death AKA Deathmatch is a 2D sidescrolling platform / action game that was in development for the Jaguar, but we cannot find any info on its release, so we assume that the project was cancelled before being finished. From the screenshot (found by Celine in CD Consoles issue #8) and videos preserved in the gallery below  it seems that in SwitchDeath players were going to take the role of some sort of bug with a gun. Could this game have been released under a different name? If you recognize the character, please let us know!

Abbibi recognized the game, that was also known as “Death Watch”, and linked us to a video of it that you can watch below. Anthony found a better version of the same video, from E3 1995.



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10 thoughts on “SwitchDeath / Deathmatch [Jaguar – Cancelled?]

  1. Ross Sillifant

    Back in July 2003 a poster over on Atari Age Forum (Panamajoe), mailed Stewart Green of Data Design to ask what ever became of the game, Stewart replied that Atari stopped development before game was finished as they wanted to focus on 3D Enviroments as whilst 2D backdrops looked fantastic, they did’nt appeal to the marketing department.

    Sadly they’d lost all source code etc as this was stored on Jaguar Development systems, which had been lost.

    So not the best of news, but at least we have closure on this one as to why it was canned and there looks to be little/no chance of source code turning up.

    1. R

      I’m sorry to say this but unreleased games will have closure until they’re found. i just found out that a dude DID played the game at E3 1995 and was magazine reviewer


    Ok, so here’s what i’ve found out:
    DeathWatch/SwitchDeath is a Run ‘n gun platformer developed by Data Design Interactive. It was going to be published by Atari and was slated for a Nov. 1995 release date. Graphically, this game takes inspiration from Rayman,Plok! and Ristar, the likes of which still stand out even today and it was for 1 or 2 players. It was quietly cancelled before release but it suffered the same fate as VX’s titles and Nexus. Since Stewart Green was involved with the game, he may know who were the people behind the game. Yeah, the source code could be lost but it could be in someone’s attic or garage on a CD-R waiting to be found. It’s best not to lose hope for the game’s ROM to pop up (the game was actually finished), since there’s various old flash carts out there that could have the game inside.

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