Since I’m in a slightly bitter mood I thought I would share this little gem I stumbled across today amidst by on-going Battlestar Galactica marathon. While we may have dodged a bullet by Bethesda Zenimax sparing Prey 2 for now, not every game is that lucky as some are cancelled no matter how much money has been sunk in.
Sony may have their stuff together better than other studios such as EA or Take Two, but even 1st party SCE games are shelved, sometimes for the better good, no matter how cool the concept may be. There may already be a bitter bunch of gamers out there still angry over the cancellation of The Getaway 3 and Eight Days, but that may intensify with this new reveal.
Uncovered by the Superannuation chap we have a very brief glimpse at a sci-fi based project helmed by SCE Europe. SCE Europe, in particular Studio Cambridge, has gone through the ringer in recent years with projects being cancelled amidst rumors of amazing projects in the works which never see the light of day. For the past few years Studio Cambridge has been relegated to doing support work for 1st party PS3 projects such as LittleBigPlanet and Killzone, but the studio may have taken a stab at an original sci-fi game.
Featured in the showreel of animator Martin Binfield, the video shows a brief snippet of a 3rd person action game involving a character running along a lunar base of some kind in addition to partaking in some zero-gravity action. Far from being a clone of Dead Space, the game boasts a slightly cartoony style in its visual presentation and some of the enemies which are shown later on in the video through non-textured 3D models.
The project, which is nameless as of now, was listed as a shelved concept in Martin’s video so its likely development never progressed to a major level compared to other canned endeavors such as Eight Days. Conceptually I don’t know if this Studio Cambridge project would’ve broke new ground in any way, but seeing more sci-fi games is always nice and for me seeing Studio Cambridge release a 3rd person action game would’ve been a delight as the studio is filled with tons of content.
By no means is this canned PS3 game a shocking news update of any kind as it’s simply a glimpse at something that could’ve been cool but sadly will remain as nothing more than a faint memory.