Surreal Software

This is Vegas [X360 PS3 – Cancelled]

This is Vegas is an action / sandbox game that was in development for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 since 2006 / 2007  by Midway Games / Surreal Software, but sadly it seems that the game was cancelled in fall / late 2009.  Due to Midway’s financial troubles in 2009 the company sold certain assets to Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment which included This is Vegas and developer Surreal Software. SS then worked on some animations and characters for Snowblind’s LotR: War in the North. In December/January 2010 there were some layoffs and departures and in June 2010 the studio was closed down. 4 years of work on This is Vegas went directly into the bin.

Here is an introduction to This is Vegas’ story from an old Gamespot preview:

The game’s story follows you, an unnamed nobody, as you arrive in Vegas with 50 dollars in your pocket and hazy goals. As luck would have it, you’ll cross paths with Joey Nissan, a local “entrepreneur” who winds up working to get you in with the Vegas crowd. From the sound of it, this bit in the game will be your license to be decadent as you play. Of course, all good things don’t last forever, and soon you meet your nemesis: Preston Boyer, a fast food tycoon bent on cleaning up Vegas to be a family-friendly tourist trap. This doesn’t exactly fly far with you and your new crowd, so your goal will be to stop Boyer and preserve the town’s special atmosphere.




Gunslinger [PS2 – Cancelled]

Gunslinger is an unreleased action adventure set in the old west, that was in development by Surreal Software in 2001 / 2002 for the Playstation 2.  Initially the game was going to be published by Activision, but it was later purchased by Sony probably because they felt the potential of the project, but in the end it was cancelled, because of marketing reasons (as it was seen as not enough profitable to release). The gameplay would have been similar to Red Dead Revolver (by Rockstar Games) and Gun (by Neversoft), with an open ended world, lots of gun fights, horseback exploration and much more. With a “morality system”, similar to the one seen in Black & White or Fable, the player would have been able to earn a reputation based on his good or evil decisions through the game. A playable build of the game was shown at E3 2000, so maybe we’ll be able to play it sooner or later if someone could preserve the demo and share it with the community.