Racing

Professional Sportscar Racing [PSX/PC – Beta?]

Update: thanks to Anonymous we found out that this game was released as “Sportscar GT” by Electronic Arts, that bought out Virgin Interactive. The screens below could still be different from the final game, so let us know if you see any differences!

In 1997 / 1998 Virgin Interactive were working on a new racing game for the original Playstation and PC know as “Professional Sportscar Racing” but it seems that the project was never released. The game was based on the license for the pro organization of the same name, a competition that was sponsored by the same Virgin Interactive.  Maybe Virgin had some problems with the PSR  license and the development could have been stopped. In the original press release we can read:

Fast driving, intensely competitive Grand Touring racing simulation game. For the player’s driving pleasure, all of the dream cars racing in the 1998 season of the Professional SportsCar championship will be authentically re-created including the internationally famous Panoz Esperante.

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Dragon Booster [PS2 / XBOX – Cancelled]

Dragon Booster is a cancelled racing / combat game based on a canadian animated series first broadcast in 2004. The cartoon follows the story of young Artha Penn, a boy who rides Beaucephalis (or “Beau” for short), the dragon of legend. He becomes a Dragon Booster, a hero to protect the world from the impending Dragon-Human war, and to unite humans and dragons for all time. [Info from Wikipedia]

In 2003 Eden Games were working on this project for the Playstation 2 and Xbox, but the game was later cancelled for unknown reasons. A DS version was released in 2005, but it was developed by Konami (KCE Hawaii).

Thanks to Hey Hey for the contribution!

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Banjo Pilot [GBA – Beta]

Banjo-Pilot is a handheld racer developed by Rare Ltd. and published by THQ in 2005. Originally, Nintendo announced it as Diddy Kong Pilot in 2001. When they sold their share of Rare Ltd. to Microsoft (2002), they opted out of their publishing contract. As the Donkey Kong IP is a property of Nintendo, they could no longer release the game in this state.

In late 2003, THQ decided to publish the four Rare GBA titles, including Diddy Kong Pilot – now reskinned with Banjo characters. By this time, most members of the original team had either left the company or been moved onto Xbox titles. Reskinning Diddy Kong Pilot was now the task for the remaining members of the handheld team who thought it would be easier to make a game from scratch. A voxel based racing title was  developed, which can be seen in our gallery. After five months (mid 2004), however, the team was asked to stop working on this version. Instead, they were meant to revive and finish the previous team’s Mode 7 game for Q3 2004, but without the tilt sensor which was announced for Diddy Kong Plot. In 2005, Banjo-Pilot finally saw a release.

Special thanks for the information and videos to transparentjinjo!

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Mountain Sports [SNES – Cancelled]

Mountain Sports (also known as Rocky Mountain Sports) is a cancelled action / sport game that was in development by DTMC for the Super Nintendo, in 1993. The player would have been able to try different activities as mountain climing, kayaking and ATV racing. It’s currently unknown how the game would have progressed or why it was cancelled. You can read some more info at SNES Central! A screenshot of the game was found in Banzzai magazine issue 14.

Thanks to Celine for the contribution!

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12 Volt [PS2/XBOX/GC – Cancelled]

12 Volt is an arcade racing game that was in development by Sproing in 2003 / 2004 for the Playstation 2, Xbox and GameCube. The game was set in slot-car tracks and players would have been able to race their models in houses and gardens. 12 Volt looked like a mix between Re-Volt and another cancelled Nintendo 64 game, Mini Racers: it’s unknown why Sproing never released this project or how much it was completed before being canned.

Some more info can be read in the original press release:

The cars can move freely on the track, they are not bound to a specific lane or slot like conventional slot cars are! This way the game combines the look of a die-cast-racer with the feeling of a full-physics arcade rally game!

Highly realistic physics enable the player to activate toys and tools that work as weapons against other players. Imagine plunging through a heap full of marbles crashing at you in a world that really looks and feels like a childhood dream-come-true. Special magnetic rails even allow you to hook on to the inner side of hairpins and drive through them at full speed!

A GBA version was planned (and cancelled) too, but they did not even show any screens from this portable version.

Thanks to Userdante for the contribution!

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