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Mission to Nexus Prime [PC MAC – Cancelled]

Mission to Nexus Prime was a real-time strategy game based on a original story by the Hugo Award winning and New York Times bestselling author, Timothy Zahn. Developed by DigiFx around 1997 the game would never be commercially available. Here a small extract from a PR release:

“MISSION TO NEXUS PRIME” contains unique gameplay with features not seen in other strategy games like; four types of dynamically changing terrain on which to battle your opponents; Desert, Arctic, Tropical and Volcanic. Earthquakes and lava eruptions which when triggered form entirely new terrain maps on the fly! Units and vehicles can fall through cracked ice, sink in quicksand and be crushed by falling meteors.

You’ll search the ruins of advanced civilizations, seek out and destroy enemy patrols, rescue critically important allies, defend frontier bases, and face vicious air assaults.

Players must also combat the “the local” creatures which inhabit the world in addition to enemy units! Place units and vehicles in “hidden caverns” to ambush your opponents!

Unique visual model which allows the player to see the terrain but not your enemy! 30 different missions (15 each side) all ordered in a linear storyline written by Timothy Zahn! Over 30 multi-player missions allow you to “team up” for 8 player cooperative play over a LAN (Local Area Network) A communications network that serves users within a confined geographical area. The “clients” are the user’s workstations typically running Windows, although Mac and Linux clients are also used. or the Internet.

Full blown custom mission editor for designing your own levels to distribute to your friends! (Edit everything!)

70 different unit types and twenty unique installations. Each rendered in full Super VGA 3D perspective using Lightwave 3D!

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Bioshock Infinite [Beta – Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC]

BioShock Infinite is a first person adventure game and the third entry in the BioShock series. Previously known as “Project Icarus”, it is being developed by Irrational Games for a February 2013 worldwide release on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. In August of 2012, several high-level developers from Irrational that had been working on Infinite announced their departure from the company; these included art director Nate Wells, who began working with Naughty Dog, and director of product development Tim Gerritsen. At the same time, Irrational announced the addition of Rod Fergusson from Epic Games as their product director while Scott Sinclair, art director from the original Bioshock, replaced Wells.

There are some features that were removed or not implemented from BioShock Infinite beta version. For example Ken Levine revealed in an interview with Gamasutra that the plot’s conflict would have been originally about tech geeks against luddites, those who resist the proliferation of technology. Some more rumors about the problems with the development of the game tell that various multiplayer modes were tested in a prototype form, but later removed. Even if Levine told Kotaku that multiplayer wasn’t guaranteed to be in the game, but in May of 2012, job listings at Irrational hinted that the studio was in fact working on a multiplayer component. Also, the 2011 E3 demo, seems to have been much different from what we’ll be able to play in the final game. For more beta differences and unused characters / items / models from BioShock Infinite will have to wait for when the game will be finally published.. in the meantime, here are some early screens and videos!

Chris Henzler noticed some more beta differences:

  • HUD is different from final game
  • various voice actors changed from final version of booker and Elizabeth
  • story has changed alot
  • atmosphere of the game has changed
  • some of the vigors seem different in the final game
  • the twins seem absent in the beta versions of the game

There are also some unused content that you can check at the Bioshock Wikia! If you played the final game and see more differences, please leave a message below! :D

Thanks to Inspector for the contribution!

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Bastion [Beta – PC / Xbox 360 / iOS]

Bastion is an action rpg developed by Supergiant Games and published by Warner Bros. for Xbox 360 XBLA and PC in 2011. An iOS version was later released in 2012. A four-week prototype of this title, made in 2009, was playable at PAX est 2012. It’s so early that the bad guys are just placeholders from Dungeons and Dragons, but the basic concepts of the game, minus of course the dynamic narration, are already there.

In the beta the player can use an hammer or a sword and pick up and throw various objects at enemies, a feature that didn’t make it in the final build.

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Safari Joe [PC PS2 XBOX – Cancelled]

Safari Joe is a cancelled action-adventure game that was in development by Titus Software around 2003. Key figures in the development team were Rob Stevens (project leader), Jean-Luc Martinez (programming lead) and Eric Marradi (art lead). The game was set in Africa – central Africa around the turn of the last century to be more precise.

The hero, ‘Safari’ Joe, is hired by an aging anthropologist, professor Livingwood, to take him into the jungle in search of a lost civilization his research has led him to believe is there. An expedition is formed comprising of Joe, the professor, the professor’s assistant, Myra, Joe’s partner, Mohammed, and a female journalist, Kate. Obviously they find the lost civilization and a little something extra; an evil witch doctor called Mobaj Mojumbo.

While Professor Livingwood is examining a mummy-like corpse laid out on an altar he accidentally resuscitates the malefic priest, who had been defeated during a combat with the priests of the lost civilization thousands of years ago. To stop the evil witch Safari Joe need to find four temples and explore their interiors to find each piece of the weapon, in the form of talismans. In order to find the temples, however, Joe and his friends must explore the jungle to unearth the traces of the ancient civilization. During their travels they encounter various different tribes, some friendly, some not, some human, some not, which lead them into various little side adventures to supplement their quest.

The game was never released, probably because Titus was living serious financial strains at the time that would end up bringing the company to bankruptcy in 2005.

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Obscure D [Cancelled – Xbox 360 / PS3 / 3DS / PC]

Obscure D is a cancelled survival horror game that was in development by Hydravision and it would have been published as a digital download by Playlogic for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo 3DS and PC as a digital download. The game was to launch in Fall 2012, and was a Sidescrolling Horror game similar to Bloodrayne Betrayal, but had returning and new characters from the Obscure Series (Liddyah Thompson, Carlos Petrovita, Molly Hampsterview, Jacob Small, Claire Richards, Jason Mcreary, Ashley Thompson and Josh Carter). 

Obscure D was to take place before Obscure 2 where Ashley’s sister was looking for her after she went missing. Here is the main chapters that we would have been able to play in the game:

ACT 1:
Liddyah Thompson, a Senior at the new Leafmore High School in Fallcreak, decided to get a search party together and search for her missing sister and her sisters boyfriend. Her sister is Ashley from the first game and Ashleys boyfriend is Josh from the first game. The game would take place 3 days before Obscure 2/The Aftermath. Right after they get into the woods they are attacked by a disformed man and fight him off. Liddyahs boyfriend Carlos is then killed by a monster, who rips him in two. After that, she vows revenge and looks for the source of the creatures. Next Jason is killed when the car he is trying to start to escape explodes. When it explodes a hole in the ground is revealed, and the survivors escape into an abandoned sewer. This sewer turns out to be the Sewer from the first game near the old school. While traveling the sewer, Molly, another friend, is attacked and her arm is cut off. Liddyah manages to save her, and wrap the wound.

ACT 2:
They continue and find access to the old school, where they are again attacked by more creatures. After fighting there way through the school, they find out that Molly is infected due to spores being implanted in her wound after her arm was ripped off. She then mutates and attackes Liddyah. Liddyah is then infected by the virus, and tells the final survivors she is going to die. The other survivors, Jacob and Claire, think they still can save her, and they all travel to the hospital in the woods. After a brief fight with a creature, Liddyah starts to lose control. She quickly snaps back back into it. She starts to climb higher in the hospital, and gets to room 304. She discovers Ashley and Josh are inside trapped in a cage being experimented on. After freeing them, and after a short tearful reunion between sisters, Liddyah transforms into a creature. The player now takes control of Ashley, and you must fight. Liddyah then kills both Claire and Jacob, but right after Liddyah is killed by a trip wire fence activated by Josh. Ashley then goes and breaks down due to the loss of her sister.

EPILOGUE:
After a twist of ironic fate, Ashley and Josh make it to the old high school from the First game. They are intending to burn down the school, since this is where everything started. Right after, they are attacked by a mutated man with an axe. Ashley is killed, and josh is heard screaming in the final moments. Right after, another deformed man picks up the camera. Shown a few minutes later, Creatures start to escape into the woods, and Obscure 2`s story now begins…

As we can read at Survival Horror List, it seems that development for Obscure D began as a budget title for the PSP and Nintendo DS as Obscure Dark Aura. The game was to star Shannon and take place right after Obscure 2. This version was scrapped and the concept evolved into Obscure D, but sadly the developer closed down before finishing the project.

The game was to take a more cartoon like look, and was aimed at being a T game rating. Obscure D would have had 4 player online coop on the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows versions, and an exclusive ACT for the 3ds version to make up for no coop.

Thanks to an Hydravision Employee for the contribution!

NOTE: Obscure D has been resurrected as Obscure 2013 and has been 50% or so redeveloped from scratch. More content will be posted once the final game comes out in Late 2013

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