Cipher Complex is an unreleased action game that was created for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 by Edge of Reality Games. The game was started in 2005 and originally self-funded by Edge of Reality. In 2007, they found a publisher with SEGA, but in early 2009 the title was dropped and cancelled.
In the original press release we can still read the main plot that was going to be used in the game:
U.S. surveillance satellites detect activity onboard the decommissioned Soviet Bargration Missile Defense Station 4 off the east coast of Siberia. When the Russians deny the U.S. access to the facility, Department of Defense strategists suggest that a small, plausibly deniable reconnaissance mission be sent in to investigate. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency is given the go-ahead for operation BLACKOUT, the insertion of a single expert Operator on Russian WMDs and launch facilities. Lt. Col. John Sullivan, callsign: Cipher is air dropped in, and what was supposed to be primarily a reconnaisance mission becomes a race against a terrorist threat; one with implications that will shake the foundations of American democracy and freedoms.
Below you can find a promotional video (2009) of an exemplary level which was shown to potential publishers. In addition, you can also see an early view at what it looked like in 2006.
It’s still unknown if this game could be resurrected somehow in the future.
Thanks to Hey Hey for the contribution!
Original press release (2006):
Edge of Reality Announces ‘Cipher Complex’, Original IP for Next-Gen Videogame Systems
Self Funded Action Title Will Introduce Creative Gameplay and True Innovation
June 23, 2006 – Edge of Reality, the independent Austin, TX based game developer, today announced the development of their own self-funded next-gen project, Cipher Complex. After eight years of consistently producing commercially successful titles for various leading publishers, Edge of Reality has decided the time is right to give life to its own internal vision. Cipher Complex, the first completely original title from the company, is an intense, cinematic military combat game that will deliver a brutal shot of adrenaline straight to the hearts of next-generation gamers.
“The evolution of action games has seemed to plateau, perhaps because of the emphasis on sequels,” said Binu Philip, president of Edge of Reality. “We are exploring and developing brand new styles of gameplay and methods of storytelling. The concept and mechanics of Cipher Complex have been incubating in our mind for years, and with power of the next-gen consoles, we can finally make our dream project a reality.”
In Cipher Complex, a recon satellite is mysteriously blasted from orbit, and when diplomatic requests for information are stonewalled, the US government is forced to call in its last resort – Operative John Cipher. Charged with uncovering the truth by any means necessary, Cipher is going behind enemy lines to extract information the hard way.
Cipher Complex is slated for release on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.