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Both new and classic video game systems see their fair share of canceled titles. Many of these games spark interest in gamers upon their confirmation, only to burn that spark out the moment they’re canned. It’s a shame that so many titles go unreleased despite garnering a fan base full of intrigued gamers. We’re closing in on our final picks in this series. What other games should have launched but sadly saw their demise at the hands of the ultimate video game killer, cancellation?
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6. Redwood Falls (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
We never really got to learn a lot about Redwood Falls. Up until now, all we’ve ever really seen is an awesome gameplay clip that featured a snow-covered forest, a mesmerizing lake, and a nasty-looking monster. Redwood Falls was a first-person shooter with horror elements, and though nothing was ever revealed to truly give gamers a sense of what to expect outside of that lone trailer, a myriad of conclusions were drawn from the gameplay footage. The verdict: It looked freaking awesome and genuinely scary. It could have been a great horror shooter, but we’ll likely never know now.
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5. Twelve Tales: Conker 64
Conker’s Bad Fur Day will forever go down as one of the greatest cult classics in gaming, but before Rare decided to give the game its M-rated makeover, it was set to be a cutesy, colorful 3D platformer akin to Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64. Twelve Tales: Conker 64 featured vibrant worlds, adorable characters, and bosses that hardly seemed menacing. All of that changed when Conker’s Bad Fur Day replaced Rare’s original plan. And while we’re not complaining about the end result, it still would have been cool to play Twelve Tales.
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4. Shenmue III (Xbox?)
Shenmue III was officially confirmed as a pending title in 2001, but it never saw a release. Console and launch date details were never released by Sega, and the project seems to have been scrapped. Fans still hold out hope that the title will resurface someday, and while we’re not ruling out the possibility, as of right now, Shenmue is in a deep, lifeless limbo. The game has been canceled twice thus far, let’s hope it isn’t announced yet again only to fall under cancelation once more.
Whether it’s on classic video game systems or modern consoles, cancelation knows no boundaries. Plenty of promising titles have gone under development only end up in limbo and eventually meet their demise. In the case of Sadness, it’s possible that the game was never more than a developer’s dream. Titles such as Twelve Tales: Conker 64 and Shenmue III, however, have actually reached pivotal development stages only to be axed or changed halfway through the creation process. Stay tuned for more as we reveal the top three games that should have never been canceled.