Gladiator 3000 (by Ion Storm) [Cancelled Pitch – PC]

Gladiator 3000 (by Ion Storm) [Cancelled Pitch – PC]

Gladiator 3000 was a pitch from Ion Storm (the team behind such titles as Daikatana, Deus Ex and Anachronox) to Origin for a 3D man-to-man RPG combat simulator that would have been developed for the PC. Ion storm were looking for a budget of around $500,000 depending if an engine was already available for them to use. Ion Storm were awaiting concept approval so they could start development.

The game was going to use the ancient lore of Gladiatorial battles from ancient Rome and put them into the future on a very inhospitable planet in the farthest reaches of the Galaxy. There would only be one complex on this planet and it would be solely use for gladiatorial combat. Players would have taken the role of a warrior who had been enslaved by an alien race and the only way to win his freedom was to fight for it. This would have been against other gladiators, robots, animals and alien monsters.

The game was going to utilize a very popular RPG system where players would allocate points to their warriors in different stats that they would want to excel in, they would also have the option to pick a pre-generated warrior or randomize them. Many different alien races would have been available for the player to choose and each of these would have different strengths and weaknesses. The arena that the player would fight in would have different scenarios and landscapes and was described in the document as infinitely variable. There would have been water, fire, ice pits and mazes included, and the player would have to change tactics depending on the arena they were going to fight in.

The other main features that were to be included in the game were limbs that could be chopped off, dozens of weapons from primitive to advanced alien technology, numerous different combat manoeuvres, three levels of difficulty, head to head combat online. Graphically Ion Storm wanted to use bitmapped images over rendered 3D skeletons.

Described as the main risk for the game, was the actual 3D figure technology that would be used to animate the characters in the game. Ion Storm wanted to minimize the risk by utilising technology that Origin had already started developing, such as the corridor rendering technology form Bounty Hunter, Ion Storm thought that if they could not utilise the technology the risks would greatly increase in developing this game.

This game does not look like it was taken any further than the initial pitch and so there is not much more information that can be found on this game, if you do have any please feel free to contact us.

Many thanks to Joe Martin for the document.


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4 thoughts on “Gladiator 3000 (by Ion Storm) [Cancelled Pitch – PC]

  1. ahmed

    guys try to share the site because like that no one well know about you unless they search on the internet for a long time.

    i found you when i was checking my old family pics on my pc and i found an old online game screenshot, i kept searching until i found that it was cancelled after that i kept browsing your site for weeks.

    1. LazyFace

      Hey Ahmed,

      Really glad you are enjoying the site, we do as much promotion as we can through Twitter and Facebook but most of the money we make through patreon goes into keeping the server funded and so we don’t advertise.

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  2. James J.

    This concept might actually work today as a mobile title, especially with such a small budget (adjusted for inflation, of course).

    1. LazyFace

      Yeah I was thinking something along those lines while reading the document, could be quite a fun little arena game with some pvp as well as pve


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