Playstation 2 (PS2)

Hirelings [PS2 PC – Cancelled]

Hirelings is a cancelled fantasy platform game that was in development in 2000 by Cinematix Studios for the Playstation 2 and PC. As we can read on MobyGames, Cinematix was founded by Jong Yoon and Ben Cooley in 1993, and has released only two PC games: Total Mayhem (Published by Domark in 1996), and Revenant (Published by Eidos Interactive in 1999). After those titles, the studio was working on Hirelings and Renegade Zero, but neither of them was ever released. Cinematix had to close down after a while, probably for economic issues.

Thanks to derboo we were able to preserve some images from the game, found in Korean mag PC Power Zine (October 2000 issue) and from Cinematix’s old website though the Wayback Machine.


Silent Space [XBOX/PS2/PC – Cancelled]

Silent Space (a.k.a. Space Force / Space Wars) is a cancelled Sci-fi RTS that was in development in 2001 by Crytek, originally created as a prototype for PC, but later planned for Xbox and Playstation 2 too.  This project was in the works along with Engalus (a cancelled FPS) and X-Isle (which evolved in Far Cry) in the early days of Crytek.  When the game was announced, Faruk Yerli (president of the studio) told to GameSpot that:

Currently we are in negotiation with some publishers. We know that the game would be fantastic, but you surely know that without funding no game could be finished. We believe that Silent Space could break the limits of other space games, and we will soon announce the future of all of our projects.

It seems that they never found a publisher interested in Silent Space, and the project was soon canned.


Extreme Wakeboarding [PS2 – Cancelled]

Extreme Wakeboarding is a cancelled sport game that was in development in 2002 by Wild Child Studios for the Playstation 2. As we can read on Wikipedia, Wakeboarding is a surface water sport which involves riding a wakeboard over the surface of a body of water. The rider is usually towed behind a motorboat and the sport was developed from a combination of water skiing, snow boarding and surfing techniques. The gameplay would have been probably similar to the Tony Hawks’ skateboard games, but “on rails” as the player needs to follow the motorboat.

Extreme Wakeboarding was never released, maybe because Wild Child Studios did not find a publisher interested in the project. Sometime later the studio had to close down. Another wakeboarding game, Stomped Wakeboarding, was in development by Indie Built (aka Microsoft’s Salt Lake Games Studio) for the XBOX, but it was cancelled too.

Thanks to Userdante and Mihapsx for the contribution!




I:5 (Insomniac) [PS2 – Cancelled]

Codename I:5 (aka “Girl with a stick”) is a cancelled game that was in development by Insomniac Games, between Spyro: Year of the Dragon (2000) and Ratchet & Clank (2002). As the name of the project suggests, it was going to be the 5th game from Insomniac studio, but after some time they decided to stop the works on it, as it was not much fun to play. I:5 was never officially announced, but  they talked about it in one of their “The Full Moon Show” video podcasts, in which they even shown some footage of the prototype. The game was meant to be an action adventure / RPG, inspired by Zelda / Tomb Raider, in wich the main character was a girl with a stick as a weapon and magic powers, exploring a fantasy /prehistoric world. Huge props to Insomniac for sharing some info on their lost game!



God of War 2 [PS2 – Beta]

God of War 2 is an action adventure developed by SCE Studios Santa Monica and published in 2007 by Sony for the PlayStation 2. In the final game it’s possible to unlock a bonus video in which to take a look at some removed levels, as the Colosseum, an Aquaduct, the Rhode’s Marketplace, Atlantis and The Tomb, plus some test / debug levels as the one in the river. An unused move was also found in the game’s code.