SANiK on the X-Cult forum has wrote an interesting post about the early screenshots of Coded Arms for the PSP. The game is a first-person shooter that was developed and published by Konami in 2005: it takes place inside a virtual reality military training simulator, which has been abandoned. However, the program
Traxion was a rhythm game for the PlayStation Portable by British developer Kuju Entertainment. It was scheduled to be released in Q4 2006 by LucasArts, but was cancelled in January 2007. The game was to feature a number of minigames, and would support imported songs from the player’s own library as well as the game’s bundled collection. [Info from Wikipedia]
Original Press Release: Gaming and music combine like never before on your PSP in Traxion — where your tracks drive the action. Loaded with dozens of minigames and a variety of music from leading artists — and fully compatible with every music file on your memory stick — Traxion sucks you in as the music not only provides the soundtrack, but also changes the way the games are played! Imagine the rocking guitar chords of heavy metal, the strong beats of rap, the smooth tones of jazz, or even the crazy pace of polka — all impact gameplay in a different way. Traxion’s unique music analysis tool allows for your favorite tunes to drive the gameplay, resulting in a dazzling visual and sensory experience that is different every time you play. And because you control the music, infinite possibilities for personalized gameplay experiences exist. Change your tune and change your game when Traxion, developed by Kuju Entertainment, releases this fall.
Metal Shell was developed by Australian team Tantalus, who were responsible for Manx TT on the Saturn amongst other things. Arena based tank combat is the order of the day, with environments entirely destructible. “Everything in our game can be shot, blasted, shifted or destroyed. You can reduce mountains to rubble, create new rivers by blasting through a dam, and uncover hidden underground areas by shooting through the earth,” said Tantalus CEO Tom Crago.
There were over 20 tanks to choose from, numerous weapons, varied environments and arenas and multiplayer gaming via split-screen and online. It was in development for PlayStation 2, PSP and Xbox, but it was publisherless. They tried to pimping it at E3 in the hope of securing a deal, but with no luck: the game seems cancelled.
[Contribute by Matt Gander from www.gamesasylum.com]
Makai Wars was a Role-Playing Game in development by Nippon Ichi Software for the Playstation Portable, and was expecting a release date around the console’s initial launch in 2005. Development on Makai Wars was put on hold due to a number of internal conflicts, a few years later the title was announced for release on the Playstation 3, however it’s current status is unknown.
As we can read in Wikipedia, it’s interesting to notice that Makai Wars is frequently referenced as an internal-joke in other NIS games. In “Prinny: Can I really be the Hero?”, we find out that Asagi was to be the main character of the cancelled game, but was removed due to the ending of making the game. It’s one of the few reasons Asagi is insane in Prinny CIRBTH, mentioning it during a therapy lesson with the Hero Prinny.
Makai Wars is later mentioned in the PSP Version of Disgaea 2, in the special “Axel Mode”. In the story, Makai Wars is actually a movie, which has been on constant Hiatus and development hell. Also, in the graphic / text adventure game “Disgaea Infinite”, there’s a bonus ending in which Asagi try to buy a “time machine” to be able to change the her past and let Makai Wars to be released.
Thanks to Mittell for the description!
Landstalker was an Action-Adventure game in development for the Playstation Portable by Climax Entertainment, it was to be an updated port of the Sega MegaDrive/Genesis game “Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole”, and had a proposed release date of Spring 2006 in Japan.
After a lack of updates given by the developer the game was officially cancelled and only a short tech demo video remains to remember its existence.
Thanks to Mittel for the description!