Some of the most anticipated games that never saw the light of day
Want to know about some of the most anticipated games that never saw the light of day? We see a lot of new games get announced at fancy showcase events, but some never make it to the big time for a number of reasons. From a change in direction, to the closure of a developer, these are the games we will never see.
While there are a number of games that were announced with a lot of fanfare that never saw the light of day, we want to keep this list to games that were announced by developers to give us a glimpse at what they had planned. Some of these games were playable demos, while others were just trailers, but all of them were highly anticipated.
When Microsoft announced Fable Legends, a multiplayer game set in the Fable series, it seemed like a great idea. Unfortunately, it turned out to be the last Fable game for a while. Legends was cancelled by Microsoft, leading to the closure of Lionhead Studios.
The studio was working on the game until the very end, with some of the developers moving over to work on the next Project 2020 game, and others going to work for Microsoft on other projects.
A follow-up to Fez, one of the most critically acclaimed games of the last decade, was reportedly cancelled following an argument between the game’s creator, Phil Fish, and a video game commentator.
After announcing that Fez 2 would not be coming out, Fish said, “It’s done. It’s really sad but it’s done. There’s no way I can do it. There’s no way I can do the things that I wanted to do with Fez 2. It’s just not possible.” Fish left the industry shortly after this announcement.
A highly anticipated game created by director Hideo Kojima and featuring the likeness of actor Norman Reedus, Silent Hills was cancelled after Kojima’s departure from Konami.
Originally set to be an entry in the Silent Hill franchise, it later turned out to be a reboot, with Kojima sharing the development duties with film director Guillermo del Toro.
Konami later announced that the game would be rebooted once again as a PlayStation 4 exclusive, but it was later confirmed that the game had been cancelled.
Capcom’s Deep Down
Capcom’s Deep Down was a future New York City monster-fighting game that seemed to be inspired by The Division. However, it has been years since we’ve heard anything about the game and nothing has materialised from Capcom.
Originally slated for release in 2014, Deep Down was a free-to-play game with some online elements, but it has not been seen since.
Mega Man Legends 3
One of the most beloved Mega Man series, Mega Man Legends is a 3D platforming series that was left on a cliffhanger with Mega Man Legends 2.
However, despite fans demanding a sequel and Capcom even bringing one of the games to the PS4, it turns out that Mega Man Legends 3 has been cancelled by Capcom. This decision came after fans got involved in a legal battle with Capcom over the rights to the series.
The cult favorite Bulletstorm was a strange game, filled with dark comedy and over-the-top violence. It was also successful, so it seemed like a no-brainer that developer, Criterion, would return to create a sequel.
However, despite talks with creator, People Can Fly, Criterion never got the green light to move forward with Bulletstorm 2, and the Burnout developer has since shut down.
One of Nintendo’s most beloved racing series, F-Zero has been long rumoured for a comeback, with Burnout developer, Criterion, also in the running to develop the game.
However, Criterion put the project on hold to develop the successful recurring battle royale game, Apex Legends, and Nintendo has since announced that it will be bringing its racing game to Switch.
Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall 2 is one of the best FPS games of the last generation, and the multiplayer game is still alive and well, but Titanfall 3 has been scrapped.
Respawn announced that it would be shifting its focus away from the Titanfall series to develop the successful battle royale game, Apex Legends.