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Sometimes the Best New Video Games Go MIA: 12-10
Have you ever seen teaser trailers and gameplay footage for a game that makes you say, “I am so getting that game when it launches”? Then weeks pass, followed by months, and after a year or two, you suddenly stumble upon some news that informs you that the game you thought looked so awesome a while back – the same game you kind of forgot about as time passed – has been officially canceled. You probably think to yourself, “I would have really liked to see how that game would have turned out.” Sadly, this is the case with countless games over the years. We’ve already revealed three of the top canceled games. Here are some more criminally unreleased titles.
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12. Project H.A.M.M.E.R. (Wii)
Originally announced in 2006 as a Wii title, Project H.A.M.M.E.R. was eventually put on hold by Nintendo. The futuristic beat ‘em up was set to be a brand new IP for Nintendo, and one that the company would seemingly get behind and push forward along with its other popular franchises such as Mario, Zelda, and Metroid. Unfortunately, the game has yet to be released, and it has been confirmed that development has been put on hold. Although Nintendo has indicated interest in releasing the title someday, it’s probable that the game’s been canceled silently as we have not heard any new details over the past few years.
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11. Sadness (Wii)
One of the Wii’s earliest planned releases was a little survival horror game by the name of Sadness. Set in the pre-WWI era, this black-and-white title would feature intuitive use of the Wii Remote and completely strip away any and all HUD icons for a realistic, chilling experience. Unfortunately, developer Nibris hyped the game up constantly but never delivered any trailers, press events, or demos, becoming a joke to gamers, gaming sites, and magazines. The company would shut down, Sadness was canceled, and all we have are some music tracks from the game’s composer. Sadness: The game’s title and the emotion people felt when they realized the game was a complete and total failure.
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10. StarCraft: Ghost (PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube)
Slated for launch on PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Xbox, StarCraft: Ghost was Blizzard’s attempt at branching out onto console gaming. The game would feature stealth action mechanics, and it would take place in a futuristic sci-fi setting. The game’s main character would be a sneaky, agile, and gun-savvy heroine that could really pack a hard punch. Whether she’d be any match for Samus Aran is up for debate, but StarCraft: Ghost certainly looked like something special.
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From possibly being labeled as the best new video games for their respective console generations to being mere afterthoughts, canceled games’ true potential never shines. Though Sadness is definitely buried for all eternity, is there still hope for Project H.A.M.M.E.R. and StarCraft: Ghost to see a release someday? Oh, who am I kidding? These games are long gone. Stay tuned as Bright Hub reveals even more games that sadly entered development hell and were never heard of again.
Bright Hub presents the top 15 games that should have never been axed.