Racing

H2Overdrive [PS2 – Cancelled]

H2Overdrive is a cancelled powerboat racing game developed by VisiWare, that was going to be published in 2001 on the Playstation 2 by Crave Entertainment. In the game players would have been able to race in the fictional Global Powerboat Racers League, which features events set in locations ranging from rivers and lakes to the surface of the planet Mars, with 7 modes of play:  championship, simple race, duel, survival, checkpoint, ghost, and cat and mouse. The project was never released, maybe because of some problems with the publisher or for quality reasons.

This game is not related to the arcade-only H2Overdrive, developed by the guys who made the original Hydro Thunder.

Thanks to Drake Lake for the contribution!

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Motocross Challenge [DS – Cancelled?]

Motocross Challenge is a racing game somehow similar to Excitebike that was in development by DHG Games for the Nintendo DS. The project originally started as a Gameboy Advance game, but after Motocross Challenge GBA was cancelled, it evolved into a DS game that should have been released in 2009. After some months the official DHG Games website went down without any explanations and the DS version was cancelled too. As the developers shared the GBA version online to let the fans to play it even if it was never published, it could be possible that in the future they will leak the DS version too.

In April 2010 Motocross Challenge was finally released for the iPhone / iPod Touch, so at least it was not lost at all! You can see some videos of the iPhone version in DHGames’ YT Channel or buy Motocross Challenge from the iTunes Store (only $0.99!)

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Powerslide 2: Slipstream [XBOX / PS2 – Cancelled]

Set in a post-apocalyptic environment, the original Powerslide was a racing game developed by Ratbag Games and released for the PC on December 1998. In 2003 Ratbag were working on a (self-funded) sequel, know as Powerslide: Slipstream, but the project was canceled because they were not able to find a publisher interested in the game.

As we can read in the original press release, “Powerslide: Slipstream featured drive-anywhere environments full of jumps and action across twelve post-apocalyptic environments, including Berlin, Los Angeles, London and Sydney. Wheel-to-wheel collisions promise spectacular accidents, with special animated features on the vehicles, including moving fins and stream vents for slipstream mode.”

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Jet Moto 4 (2124) [PSX – Cancelled]

Jet Moto 2124 is the cancelled 4th episode in the Jet Moto (Jet Rider in Europe) series of futuristic racing games, that was in development for the original PlayStation as the previous 3 games. The gameplay differs from that of a traditional racing game with cars, as players instead control hoverbikes which hover close above the ground and can be driven over both land and water. [Info from Wikipedia]

Soon after finishing Jet Moto 3 the team started to work on the sequel: JM2124 was set in the future and it had 16 tracks to play through, across the  entire solar system from the Moon to Jupiter. Even if Jet Moto 4 was almost finished, after the low sales of the third game  they decided to kill the new project and the development was stopped. A playable build exists somewhere out there and maybe in the future it could be preserved somehow.

Thanks to Hey Hey for the contribution!

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