Thanks to DCodes7, we found out some interesting info about the development of Future Cop LAPD, a Playstation shooter that started as a new chapter in the “Strike” series. From 1991 – 1997 The strike series has been about Open world mid-air helicopter combat, developed by EA (Electronic Arts).
Nuclear Strike -released in 1997- was to be the last game to be released in the Strike series, but originally the developers who worked on the project were going to make another strike game called Future Strike. Apparently the game was going to be released in 1998; one year after Nuclear Strike’s Release.
When Nuclear Strike was released on the Playstation, a “Future Strike” trailer was hidden in the game. To view the trailer you have to play and beat all the game’s missions or use a cheat code.
Ultima Worlds Online: Origin – originally titled Ultima Online 2 – was to be the first sequel to the popular 1997Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing GameUltima Online. Origin Systems revealed that they were developing Ultima Online 2 in September 1999 for release within a year or two, but development was cancelled in March 2001.
The game was to be set in Sosaria but in an alternate timeline where a cataclysm has collided the past, present and future of Sosaria into a single world, thus bringing Industrial Revolution and steampunk elements to the medieval fantasy world. Players would be able to choose from three playable races. Ultima Online 2, billed as a “2nd generation MMORPG”, was to improve upon Ultima Online and previous MMORPGs. The most noticeable advancement was the competitive 3D engine that replaced Ultima Online’s aging isometric view. The design also changed several aspects that players voiced dislike for in the first one. In Ultima Online 2, player vs. player combat was to be disabled by default (except in special areas, such as arenas). The title also would have emphasized grouping, including groups of 20-30 players, and reduced the ability of single players to become all-around grand-masters (i.e., prevent the notorious “tank-mage” characters that appeared in Ultima Online).
In March 2001, Electronic Arts, the parent company of Origin, announced that development on Ultima Worlds Online: Origin would cease in order to provide additional support for Ultima Online. Shortly after, EA announced it had laid off 200 employees including some at Origin Systems. EA feared that it would compete for subscribers with Ultima Online, which was still profitable and not showing signs of slowing down. About one-third of the team that worked on Ultima Online 2 joined Destination Games to work on Richard Garriott‘s MMORPG, Tabula Rasa.
Just a few years later, history repeated itself when EA cancelled Ultima X: Odyssey in 2004.
Boogie is a music game developed by Electronic Arts for the Wii in 2006 / 2007. Being touted as a party-game, it enables players to create their character, then use the Wii Remote and a microphone to sing and dance through it. [Info from Wikipedia]
In the gallery below we can see a photo from an early prototype of the game, when the graphic style and the engine were not finished yet. Also in the concept arts there are various characters that were never implemented in the final version, as an early concept for the party freak, abandoned because it was to similar to a Pikmin. At some point the team was thinking of having plush toys for the characters, and even vynil toys. Eventually, they evolved toward more traditional 2D animated monsters, slightly reminiscent of Lilo and Stitch.
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