cannon fodder

Cannon Fodder 3 [PSP – Cancelled]

Cannon Fodder 3 is the cancelled PSP sequel of a series of  war themed RTS / top down shooters developed by Sensible Software, initially released for the Commodore Amiga. On 28 August 2006, Codemasters announced that a brand new version of Cannon Fodder would appear exclusively on the PlayStation Portable. The game would have retained its familiar top down view, and the big heads of the soldiers, and for the first time the game would have been 3D. The game has since been canceled by the publisher. [Info from Wikipedia]

As we can read from an interview with Jon Hare (co-founder of Sensible Software) at Cubed3:

It does upset me that three times we started that project. It was a good project, good design, we had an extremely good team in London to develop it. Unfortunately, through no fault of their own, Codemasters hit economic problems and had to sell the studio, so everything just went.

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Cannon Fodder 3D [PS2 – Cancelled]

Cannon Fodder 3D is a cancelled action game that was in development for the Playstation 2. After selling Sensible Software to Codemasters, Jon Hare ended up consulting on many of their development projects. One of which was the PS2 title Prince Naseem Boxing. Work on this title was performed in a satellite studio based in Hammersmith, London. However due to the commercial failure of this title, the studio was shut down.

A casualty of this was cancellation of a 3D update of Cannon Fodder, something that Hare had been working on for at least nine months. Hare did speak about how he was looking to expand on the whole theme of war and include gameplay not just set on the battlefield: “I’d like to focus on the public’s perceptions of war and warfare. There’s many interesting things that go on behind the scenes with politicians”.

In an interview with Eurogamer in late 2005, Jon confirmed that there was up to two years’ work (on and off) put into a 3D update of Cannon Fodder: “I designed Cannon Fodder 3 with Codies six years ago, development stopped and started three times and eventually it was seemingly permanently halted when the London studio was closed four years ago.” He then went on to add: “Nothing would please me more than to see this project resurrected, it was very advanced in its structure and therefore would need little modernisation.”

Thanks to News for the description!