Scalebound – Supposed to be one of the biggest release this year, the gaming community was shocked when it was announced as cancelled in January. An action role-playing game, players would play as protagonist Drew who would team up with his dragon Thuban to travel the world Draconis. The first Platinum game to focus the role play instead of action, the story was to focus on Drew to prevent a conflict of two main characters. With the ability to play four person co op, this was going to be winner.
Silent Hills – Norman Reedus voice acting for us? We were all so excited. This cancelled horror game was supposed to be the ninth in the series. The pairing of Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro was set to make one of the best games yet. The demo for Silent Hills – P.T was raved about by many different sites. The pair are set to come back with Norman Reedus in new game Death Stranding, but this time introducing Madds Mikkelsen into the fray.
Prey 2 – The planned sequel to the original Prey, the game was supposed to start after the events of the first game. Playing as U.S Marshall Killian Samuels, a passenger on the flight ship that crashed into the Sphere in the first game, you are a bounty hunter on Exodus. With no memory of his abduction from the ship, he meets a human who met him during that missing period. He works as a bounty hunter as he reclaims his memories. The game was cancelled in 2014 at PAX Australia. The reboot was announced in 2016 at the Electro Entertainment Expo 2016.
Rainbow Six Patriots – Based in New York , Team Rainbow was going up against a terrorist group called the True Patriots. In 2012, lead designer Philippe Therien, creative director David Sears, narrative director Richard Rouse III and animation director Brent George were announced as being removed from the development team. The game was scrapped in 2014. After cancellation Ubisoft started work on Rainbow Six: Siege.
Star Wars 1313 – Cancelled by Disney after they took over . The game was supposed to give us insight into one of our favourite characters: Boba Fett. Players would see Boba Fett during his time in one of Coruscant’s shadier areas – Level 1313. Whilst not officially cancelled, the project is on hold, and the license was abandoned in 2014. This was one of the biggest losses for the Star Wars games franchise.
Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun – Cancelled in 2012 after three years of work, the multiplayer part of the game was salvaged by Square Enix and Psyonix eventually becoming Nosgoth. Taking place after the events of Legacy of Kain: Defiance, introducing protagonists Geir the vampire and Asher the human whose souls have entwined, the story would follow from revenge to saving the world – what more could we want?
World of Darkness Online – Based on Vampire: The Masquerade, this was meant to be a role-playing game focusing on social interaction and player politics. If this sounds a lot like a fantasy Eve Online, that’s because it is. White Wolf Publishing merged with CCP to adapt the game to the World of Darkness universe. After nine years in production, the game was cancelled in 2014. This game was supposed to be the way to bring World of Darkness to the larger audience.
Fallout Online – An MMO set in the Fallout universe. This exciting foray into the online world was set back by legal proceedings between Bethesda and Interplay. An out of court settlement resulted in Bethesda receiving full rights to the Fallout series and the MMO being cancelled. Although it might have been difficult to fit the ‘lone survivor’ ideal into an MMO, we were all eagerly awaiting a chance to try a band of survivors.
Fable Legends – A free to play RPG, Fable Legends got cancelled during beta. Taking place 100 years before the events of the original trilogy, the player would work as a team with other players or AI to complete story. Similar to the rest of the series, players can do jobs, and mini games.
Halo Chronicles – Supposed to be the “filmiest” of all the games, not much was known about this game before it got cancelled in 2008. The episodic game was to be directed by Peter Jackson and would have been an interactive story telling of John 117’s back story.
Starcraft: Ghost – Part of Blizzard Entertainment’s Starcraft series, this game was supposed to be a stealth-action game. As a third person shooter, it would have followed Nova four years after the conclusion of Starcraft: Brood War. Put on indefinite hold in 2006, the game was officially cancelled in 2014. The backstory for Nova was released in the novel Starcraft Ghost: Nova by Keith R. A. DeCandido.
Time Crisis Adventure – This collaborative project between Darkworks and Namco got cancelled for unknown reasons. Another in the Time Crisis series, we were expecting more from the shooter. In the end, all Time Crisis references were removed and the game was turned into a survival horror game by the name of Cold Fear.
Timesplitters 4 – Abandoned in 2012, the fourth instalment of the Timesplitters series was to be made by the original dev team renamed Crytek UK. Although there is no plans for Crytek to finish the game, a group of fans have been given permission to develop a Timesplitters mod named Timesplitters Rewind. It is expected that the game will be released later this year.