Deprived (Diesel Games) [Cancelled – Xbox 360, PC]

Deprived (Diesel Games) [Cancelled – Xbox 360, PC]

Deprived is a cancelled first person horror game that was in development by Diesel Games in 2007 / 2009, planned to be released for PC and Xbox 360. The game was conceived as a collaboration with GenAudio to showcase their “4D sound technology” known as AstoundSound.

As far as the settings and gameplay promised, Deprived could have been similar to Condemned: Criminal Origins – another first-person horror game developed by Monolith Productions and released in November 2005 on the Xbox 360.

Audio would have been a key element in the game, taking advantage of the AstoundSound technology to “models how the brain perceives sound from all directions (including above and below the listener)”. As Deprived was conceived as an horror game we can assume that this kind of high-level audio would have highly improved players’ immersion in its fearful world.

“AstoundSound uses enhanced 3D sound technology software, we call 4D, built on over a decade of research and development into how the human brain perceives sound. “

In the end – even if Deprived was never released as a full game – an audio demo with the same name and settings was released by GenAudio on their official website:

“We’re thrilled to present Deprived, a special technology demo from Astound Holdings. Set in a creepy, abandoned prison building, the demo provides the perfect setting for you to experience a rich soundscape powered by AstoundSound 3D RTI spatial audio technology. You’ll hear game audio like never before!”

Before to close down without any official statement, Diesel Games were also working on another cancelled game only known as “Project Tesla”. If you worked on these lost games and could help to preserve more details and media, please let us know!


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  1. Maik

    IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April, 10th 2007

    Diesel Games, Inc to develop first person video game showcasing 4D sound technology, AstoundSound

    GenAudio, Inc. creator of AstoundSound

    Tempe, AZ – Diesel Games, Inc. announced today that it has entered into an agreement with GenAudio, Inc. to develop a first person video game showcasing the breakthrough 4D sound technology known as AstoundSound™.

    According to Kevin Wooten, President of Diesel Games, “AstoundSound™ is considered by many audio pros to be the best multidimensional sound system available today. Diesel Games is excited to be the driving force behind bringing this technology to the gaming world.”

    Jerry Mahabub, CEO and President of GenAudio states, “Diesel Games has been working with GenAudio in an advisory roll over the last year to help develop the Real-Time Interface for AstoundSound™. Diesel has been instrumental in our understanding of the video game industry and they continue to impress us with their technical insight. We look forward to working together in this new capacity.”

    The game project, Deprived, will be the first interactive game to incorporate AstoundSound™. Providing accurate positional audio with elevation cues, AstoundSound will increase the player’s immersion beyond anything that is provided today.


    About Diesel Games
    Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, Diesel Games develops next generation game titles that push the envelope in terms of graphics, gameplay, and audio. Formed in 2005 by industry veterans Kevin Wooten and Michel Henein, Diesel Games is considered a leader in the field of cutting edge game development.

    For more information on Diesel Games contact Michel Henein, Co-Founder and Director of Audio for Diesel Games.

    Diesel Games Inc.
    [email protected]

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