Action Adventure

Sony Cambridge Sci-fi Game [PS3 – Cancelled Prototype]

In 2011, Sony Cambridge worked on an untitled Sci-fi project for PlayStation 3. The player controlled movements of an astronaut via the absolute one to one positioning of the PS3 Move controller. It did not enter full production for unknown reasons. Only a few images are saved in the gallery below, to preserve the existence of this lost game.

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Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4: Summer Memories [Cancelled – PS3]

Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 4: Summer Memories was going to be the fourth installment of the franchise known variously in the west as SOS Escape, Raw Danger or Disaster Report. Developed by Irem only for Playstation 3, it was supposed to be released in march 2011, but it got delayed after the Tōhoku earthquake that struck Japan and in the end the game was cancelled probably also due to Irem’s financial difficulties.

According to Andriasang blog, these were the main features of the game:

The game takes place in a big city in the year 201X. It’s July, the heart of summer, and your character is visiting the city for a job interview. The city is suddenly hit with a major earthquake.

The game will feature over 60 characters, the largest in series history. You’ll need to work with these people to escape.

There are a few new features Irem highlights for Disaster Report 4:

You can enter collapsed buildings, within which you’ll find survivors and additional escape routes.
You’ll find new items, including crutches for when your legs are injured.
The game has a new “cleanliness” parameter for your character. If your character gets too dirty, your stress will rise. To increase your cleanliness parameter, you need to…
Use the toilet!. This is a new facility for Disaster Report 4. You can use the toilet to increase your cleanliness parameter

You’re free to customize your character. At the start of the game, you can set gender, face style, and hair style. As you work through the game, you’ll earn over 100 clothing items, including suits and casual outfits.

Also, here is the 1up interview where the director talks about the game cancellation, and the article on hardcoregaming101.

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High School Heroes [Cancelled – Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC]

High School Heroes is an unreleased beat’em up / Action Adventure that was in development from 2010 to 2011 by Freedom Factory Studios for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. The game would have had 3 main playable characters, each of them with their own superheroic skills and abilities. Players would have been able to explore the levels to lead a rebellion in planet Tyrannia, in 6 different main missions, each one with its own setting. High School Heroes looked promising, but even if a playable prototype was finished, they did not find a publisher interested in the project so they had to cancel it, at least for now.

Only some screens and concept arts are archived below, to preserve the existence of this lost game.

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Beyond Good & Evil 2 [Cancelled – PS3 / Xbox 360]

Beyond Good & Evil 2 is the sequel to Ubisoft’s 2003 action adventure, which was released on PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube. Pre-production started in 2007, just like the original title by a team at Ubisoft Montpellier. Michel Ancel returned as lead designer after his Rayman 4 concepts evolved into a minigame collection.

Even though a short teaser was shown at Ubidays 2008, the title was put on hold in summer 2009. The team was dissolved, Ancel started work on Rayman Origins, while other members of the team moved onto other project at Ubisoft (Tintin, different prototypes).

However, in 2009, a short trailer was leaked showing what the team envisioned for the game. Two years later, Ancel presented this trailer at a conference together with various artworks and another video with in-engine footage.

The current fate of the title is unknown. Michel Ancel revealed that current generation consoles are not powerful enough to realise the team’s vision for the game, implying a next-generation release. While both he and Ubisoft deny that the game is cancelled, only a small team (if any) is currently working on it.

Special Thanks to BGEMyth.net, Twitter user Alltpweek, and Gamersyde.com.

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1906: An Antarctic Odyssey [PS2 – Cancelled]

1906: An Antarctic Odyssey is a cancelled PlayStation 2 game in pre-production at Darkworks during 1999/2000, but it was put on hold when development on Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare started. Some concepts of the game may have been taken over into the later also cancelled USS Antarctica/Lost Mantis.

Eventually, IGN previewed the game:

The scope of 1906 is a vast action adventure voyage as a team of scientists make their way deep into the world’s uncharted South Pole. Elements of the survival horror pioneered by Alone In The Dark will be part of the play, as the explorers will have to brave uncharted worlds and unknowable dangers. What lies in the frozen arctic is a mystery ready to be discovered, and you are part of the team that will heroically take on that task.

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