The LaserActive Preservation Project is a new blog that is working to preserve documents about the obscure Pioneer LaserActive console and its beta / cancelled games. Below you can see an interesting video full of unseen Laseractive titles and thanks to the project team we have some more info about what we can see in there:
2:23, 2:25, 6:24 – 6:27, 6:41, : Unknown Title #1. Could have been a proof-of-concept mockup, or footage of an unreleased game. Due to the disparity in image quality, it’s probably the former.
6:46: Unknown Title #2: Maybe footage from Goku proof-of-concept?
5:44 – 5:57, 6:28 – 6:30: Goku [SEGA MEGA-LD, 1995] (BETA). Early CGI footage, may or may not have been used in the final game.
5:57 – 6:03, 6:15 – 6:17, 6:37, 6:39 – 6:40, 6:42, 6:48 – 6:50: Pyramid Patrol [SEGA MEGA-LD, 1993] (PROOF-OF-CONCEPT/MOCKUP): Unused CGI footage showing “rough drafts of several stages from Pyramid Patrol.
6:31 – 6:33, 6:38, 6:45 – 6:47, 8:58 – 9:43: Pyramid Patrol [SEGA MEGA-LD, 1993] (BETA).
Identical to the finished product except for a different crosshair animation when charged shot is fully charged, as well as different enemy placement.
12:36 – 13:15: Hi-Roller Battle [SEGA MEGA-LD, 1993] (BETA).
No HUD or enemies implemented in this build of the game. Looks to be a recording of a computer workstation exploring the unfinished game area in real time; it is definitely not being played on a LaserActive, which could not support real-time rendering of 3D environments.
13:57 – 14:26: Vajra [NEC LD-ROM2, 1993] (BETA). No healthbars or score implemented in this build of the game.
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