Today, we have over a dozen video game platforms, and that’s even without counting web browsers that are the cross-platform homes of puzzles, shooters, and the best online real money casino games you can think of. The number of game developers competing for our attention is huge, and so is the number of games they have released, will release or just planning on developing in the future. But even with such a massive supply of games on all platforms, the unreleased ones are those we bewail the most – games that have great stories and maybe even the visuals to go with them. Like the ones below.
Highlander: The Game
The “Highlander” movie was released in 1986 and was a box office failure – but it had that “je ne sais quois” that turned it into a cult classic in no time. Perhaps it was Queen’s amazing soundtrack or Clancy Brown’s amazing depiction of the Kurgan that captured the hearts of the viewers – we’ll never know. What we know, in turn, is that the movie spawned several sequels, two live-action and three animated series, books, comic books, audio dramas, collectible card games, but no video game since 1995 (and that was only released on Atari Jaguar CD).
Widescreen Games and Eidos Interactive have started developing “Highlander: The Game” back in 2008. Built on Unreal Engine 3, the game would’ve taken its players on a journey across ages with Owen MacLeod, who finds out that he is immortal while unsuccessfully trying to get killed in an ancient Roman arena. The game’s story would’ve taken place across many ages and lands, from Ancient Gaul to Pompeii, ending in modern-day New York City. Unfortunately, the game was officially canceled in 2010.
After getting their hands on the Aliens franchise, SEGA started developing two video games based on the series. We all know what happened to “Aliens: Colonial Marines”, the game they decided to launch. But the other game, called “Aliens: Crucible”, was also in the works at the time. Obsidian Entertainment, the developer working on the title had amazing talent on board – it was founded by former Interplay designer Feargus Urquhart, along with his former colleagues Chris Avellone, Chris Parker, Darren Monahan, and Chris Jones, and is known for its work on Fallout: New Vegas.
Aliens: Crucible would’ve been a team-based RPG with its action taking place on Caldera, a remote colony overrun by xenomorphs. It would have followed a team of survivors trying to save themselves from becoming incubators or xeno-food. The resources in the game would’ve been limited, and the characters would’ve died permanently making the game extra challenging. Facehugger attacks would’ve led to an interesting situations – the player could’ve decided to let the subject pop, mercy kill the one attacked or put them in a sleeper and only take them out when their skills were needed. Unfortunately, the game’s development was “indefinitely suspended” by SEGA in 2009, even though it was almost complete.
Gotham by Gaslight
“Gotham by Gaslight” was a DC Comics one-shot by Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy, and editor Brian Augustyn, putting the caped crusader of Gotham City in the Victorian era, at a time when the most famous serial killer of them all, Jack the Ripper, is also visiting the city.
Day 1 Studios, known for F.E.A.R. 3, started working on a video game adaptation of the graphic novel for THQ. Unfortunately, the publisher couldn’t secure the rights to the property, thus the game was canceled. The leaked concept art and the first demo shows a third-person action game with a dark and pressing atmosphere and a wonderful retro-futuristic steampunk look.