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Castlevania: The Bloodletting [32X – Cancelled]

As we can read from Castlevania Wiki, Castlevania: The Bloodletting is a cancelled Castlevania game that was intended to be released for the Sega 32X add-on for the Sega Genesis console sometime in 1996 or 1997. A single sprite for three characters are all that remain of this game. Through later interviews with Iga, it has been revealed that the game was intended to feature Richter Belmont, Maria Renard, and a rival to Richter.

Although announced for the Sega 32x (including two reported, although currently unrecovered, screenshots), the game soon disappeared from the radar. Sometime thereafter, Symphony of the Night was announced for the PlayStation.

As noted by Celine:

“Konami showed new installments to some major franchises, with Parodius on display, as well as Dracula X for the SNES. There was also Castlevania: The Bloodletting images to look at, a new Castlevania, which was being planned for the 32X. However, the team working on this game was eventually swallowed up by the Symphony of the Night team, and Bloodletting was no more.”

More infos on the game can be found on Castlevania Realm!

Thanks to Kiddo for the contribution!

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Also, James found this short ads about Castlevania: The Bloodletting from a 1995 Konami CES brochures, in which the game was promoted as a Playstation / Saturn title.

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Konami’s Moto-X [XBOX / PS2 – Cancelled]

Konami’s Moto-X was going to be a postapocalyptic motorcycle combat game, that was in development by Konami in 2002, for the original XBOX and the Playstation 2. The game had six different riders with different strengths / bikes, hand-to-hand combat, weapon-based combat and various multiplayer modes. The game was later cancelled as many other car-combat games, probably because the fad about this genre was already  over.

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Project Overkill [PSX – Alpha / Beta]

Project Overkill is a shoot ’em up game developed and published by Konami in 1996 for the original Playstation. The gameplay takes on a 3d-esque isometric view, in which the player chooses one of four mercenaries to lead through the levels. [Infos from Wikipedia]

My friend optiK sent me a link to this video (from Asuka120 youtube channel) and I thought it was neat:  it is in fact from a pre-alpha build and most of what we can see in this early footage was not in the final game.

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Green Beret / Rush’n Attack [GBC – Cancelled]

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Green Beret, retitled Rush’n Attack in North America, is an action / platform arcade game released by Konami in 1985. In february 2009, www.coplanet.it made an interview with Naps Team, in which they revealed that a Gameboy Color port of Green Beret was in development in late 2000.  Sadly the project was cancelled, probably because of the near release date of the new Gameboy Advance.

Thanks to Celine for the contribution and to Vaettur for the logo!

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Silent Hill (Climax) [PS3 – Cancelled Prototype]

Climax USA, a Santa Monica developers studio,  was working on a demo for a Silent Hill pitch for PS3. However, Konami handed over the development of a next-gen version to Double Helix Studios. As we can see in the video, for this Silent Hill prototype Climax used the same protagonist from their Silent Hill PSP game (Travis). Keep in mind that this does not mean that Travis would have been in the  final storyline, as this was just a tech demo to try to pitch for a full project and probably the story was not decided yet.

While Climax USA was closed during development of Silent Hill: Origins for PSP, the UK branch is rumored to be in charge of a remake of Silent Hill 1 for PSP and Wii.

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