There is currently a degree of ambiguity as to the status of Coded Arms: Assault, after a report from Japanese magazine Famitsu claimed that the game was canceled. A list of canceled Konami games was released, but oddly enough Coded Arms Assault was not on the list. Famitsu later stated that the report was false, and that the games on the list will indeed be released. Konami has not shed any light on the issue nor gave an official announcement. The game was supposed to be released in 2007, but the latest info about it are from the 2006. The official website from Konami Japan does not exist anymore. – [Info from Wikipedia]
Eyedentify is a PlayStation 3 video game where the player is the controller of a team of game characters using a digital camera. The game was first announced at E3 2005, accompanied by a trailer. The game has not been heard of since its announcement at E3 2005, and there is speculation that it may be cancelled or in development hell. However none of these have yet been confirmed, and it is unknown if new information will be available regarding the title. – [info from wikipedia]
Nobi Nobi Boy is a game in development exclusively for the PlayStation 3 video game console by Keita Takahashi of Namco Bandai, creator of the Katamari Damacy series. One of the meanings of “Nobi” is “stretch” in Japanese.The game was first shown at a press conference held during Sony’s Playstation Premiere 2007 event in Tokyo. Takahashi showed a silver stretch hose with two pink balls at the ends, explaining that it wasn’t a controller, but a visual aid to help explain the game. A 30-second demostration clip was then shown, featuring a quadrapedal character shaped like two round balls, with an elastic abdomen that can stretch like a hose.A playable prototype of the game was showcased at the GameCity 2007 International Interactive Entertainment Festival, where Takahashi delivered the festival’s Vision Statement for the year. In the demo; as many as three Nobi Nobi Boys were shown interacting on flat plane filled barnyard animals; in which their elastic bodies were be used to snap, whip, entangle, and drag themselves around. The Nobi Nobi Boys could swallow animals, distending the Nobi Nobi Boys’ bellies, which could then be whipped to the posterior to be expelled. – [info from Wikipedia]
Heavenly Sword started development on PC since 2003, with a view to moving onto next generation platforms such as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It had, at one time, been up and running on an early Xbox 360 prototype but this was abandoned in favour of the PlaySation 3 when the title was picked up by SCEE. – [info from Wikipedia]
Before LittleBigPlanet was called “LittleBigPlanet”, it was called “Craftworld”. It was a physics-based 2D side scrolling game and it’s main character was a little guy by the name of “Mr. Yellowhead” (he is an unlockable character in LBP). His arms were controllable with the right analogue stick and his legs were controllable with the left analogue stick. The main point of the prototype was to guide Mr. Yellowhead past a bunch of little and big obstacles by grabbing on to them and pushing and/or rolling them around, much like a puzzle game.
This was enough to make Sony interested in the game and after much work and a public beta, LittleBigPlanet was released worldwide by November 5, 2008.
As wrote on TheEscapist, it seems that Media Molecule had some plans to make the game a “full 3D” exploring platform:
Media Molecule co-founder Alex Evans told Joystiq at Gamescom that an early build of LittleBigPlanet had “free depth and completely moving cameras, and the gameplay engine wasn’t layered fundamentally.” Levels could “travel into the screen,” so Sackboys were able to move more than just left and right.
Evans admitted that this level of freedom was “really hard” and “creatively unconstrained.” He says: “We found our level designers wasted tons of time in 3D land, so we iteratively reduced it; first of all, we reduced the scope, then we added the layers, and with each restriction we did, it improved the quality.”
In the screenshots below, we can see some interesting concept art of the various stages of the game.