Racing

Cyberdrive (Nadeo) [PC – Cancelled Prototype]

Cyberdrive is a cancelled racing game set in a sci-fi Paris that was in development for PC by Nadeo around 2001, before they became a favorite team among fans of arcade racers, thanks to their release of TrackMania in 2003. At the time Nadeo was still trying to find their niche, working on many different prototypes such as Windracer and Lanfeust of Troy to pitch them to different publishers. Cyberdrive looked inspired by TRON and we can assume gameplay could have been similar to TrackMania.

Some fans randomly found out about the prototype projects in 2011, saving a few images before they could have been lost forever. In the end Nadeo was lucky enough to get hired to work on Virtual Skipper 2 and 3, something that helped to keep them alive while waiting to find real success with Trackmania.

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OutSider [Nintendo 64 – Cancelled]

OutSider is a cancelled “open city” motorbike racing game that was planned in 1996 for the Nintendo 64. Players would be able to freely ride around the city, escaping from chases and resolving different missions. As far as we know the project was never officially announced, but in June 2021 a former developer shared some images on Twitter. The name of the company is blurred out in the document, but it seems the developer worked for Hudson Soft in the ‘90s, so this could have been one of their strange but fascinating N64 projects.

When it was conceived OutSider was quite an original racing game, but it seems after Climax Entertainment released Felony 11-79 / Runabout in 1997 the team decided to cancel the project, possibly because it was too similar to it or not as fun to play.

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Lada Racing Club 2 [PC – Cancelled]

Lada Racing Club 2 is a cancelled racing game that was in development by Geleos Media, planned to be released on PC. The first Lada Racing Club was quite hyped before its release: the team promised full tuning from russian AvtoVaz company, being able to build the car of your dreams from real existing parts, impressive graphics and physics. Players would have been able to drive around a super realistic Moscow, so detailed that if you live in the city you could even drive to your real-life home.

Unfortunately when the game was released in 2006 players were not happy: Lada Racing Club had a ton of bugs, poor AI, boring tracks, weak customization, and it could be completed in just 3 hours. After receiving criticisms Geleos Media promised to improve everything in Lada Racing Club 2, but players heavily boycotted the project and the team couldn’t raise enough money to fully work on the sequel.

Thanks to Josef for the contribution!

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Gravity Kings [Xbox – Cancelled]

Gravity Kings is a cancelled overboard / overbike racing / skateboarding game that was in development by Microsoft Game Studios for the original Xbox. Unfortunately there are basically no details on this lost project, but just a few images from an early prototype: by looking at these we can speculate it could have been similar to the Tony Hawks’ Pro Skater games (exploring the levels, doing tricks), but with an alien twist. The game was set in a modern-looking city, but with strange, orange-skinned aliens.

Images from this early prototype are preserved below, to remember the existence of this cancelled game. If you worked on this lost project and could help save more details, screenshots or videos, please let us know!

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Tobe! Dragon [Nintendo 3DS – Cancelled]

Tobe! Dragon (Fly! Dragon) is a cancelled air-racing game that was in development by Amzy for Nintendo 3DS. Announced in 2015, the game quietly vanished without any screenshot or footage released until it was officially cancelled by the company in 2019. We assume gameplay would have been similar to Mario Kart, with characters riding their dragons to race and using special moves to slow down their opponents. We hope there could be some screenshots published in japanese gaming magazines, but at the moment we did not find any.

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