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Canceled Mario

Spikers: Canceled Mario was a volleyball/wrestling hybrid for Wii

Super Mario Spikers
Jun 29
// Steven Hansen
Next Level Games developed two fun soccer games, Super Mario Strikers, then a bunch of other junk before the excellent Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. Somewhere after the Wii version of Strikers, though, it was working on some u...
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Phantom Dust

Xbox One's Phantom Dust no longer in active development

Microsoft-canceled project done
Jun 22
// Steven Hansen
Microsoft announced a Phantom Dust reboot at its E3 conference in 2014, but less than a year later the project was shelved, allegedly due to unfair demands by Microsoft. Developer Darkside was shutdown and over 50 people lost...
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Batman CE

Batman: Arkham Knight $200 Batmobile edition canceled

'Greatly compromised' statue
Jun 18
// Steven Hansen
Ugh, what is this, Batmantoid!? I just wrote about how the exclusivity of the retail-exclusive DLC expires a few months after release, but there's one other Bat-thing to note, which is that WB has canceled the $200 edition wi...
Windborne photo

Hidden Path ceases development on early access game Windborne

You get some free stuff as an apology
Jun 18
// Joe Parlock
Hidden Path has announced via its Steam Community Page that it will be ceasing development and shutting down its 'social sandbox game' Windborne, which has been in early access since early 2014: “We’ve been tryin...
Infinite Crisis closing photo
Infinite Crisis closing

DC Comics-themed MOBA Infinite Crisis closing in August

Steam users can request a refund
Jun 02
// Jordan Devore
Hope you didn't invest much money in Infinite Crisis. After failing to make a big enough name for itself in the MOBA market, the game is giving up. Turbine ended development efforts today and plants to shut down service on Au...
Hellraid photo

Hellraid totally isn't cancelled

Totally 100% definitely happening
Jun 02
// Joe Parlock
When a game is announced to be “on hold” or “on hiatus,” we usually just take that to mean it has been cancelled. Prey 2 was put “on hold,” and that still breaks my small, withered heart. I...
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Greed Monger

Greed Monger cancelled after raising $100k

Another in a long line of KS failures
May 29
// Joe Parlock
Here’s a fun game dev fact for you: making an MMO is a long, hard, and expensive task that will generally end in failure and misery for everyone involved. If huge companies like BioWare can screw it up, it’s proba...
More Dying Light photo
More Dying Light

Dying Light dev cancels dark fantasy tale Hellraid

To make more Dying Light content
May 21
// Steven Hansen
Hellraid was announced as a Dead Island follow up in 2013. We finally got a good look at it late last year following a delay for current gen and PC exclusivity. It was meant to come out this year, but that's not happening, H...
Silent Hills photo
Silent Hills

Guillermo del Toro is torn up about Silent Hills' cancellation too

He's 'been in touch' with Kojima
May 15
// Steven Hansen
Director Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) is sad about his second big video game project, Silent Hills, falling by the wayside. Konami recently canceled the del Toro x Kojima joint, presumably a victim of Konami's break w...
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The Black Glove

Ex-Irrational developers shelve The Black Glove

So long, space minotaur
May 11
// Jordan Devore
Steven told us about The Black Glove, a surreal first-person game from former Irrational (BioShock) developers, a couple of times. That was several months ago. The Kickstarter didn't make it. Determined, the team at Day for N...
Konami done goofed photo
It breaks his 'greasy heart'
[Update: this has been confirmed by Norman Reedus, who was supposed to appear in the game.] Looks like the pending delisting of P.T. was a bad omen after all. According to a quote procured by photojournalist Matt Hackney...

Phantom Dust in the wind photo
Phantom Dust in the wind

Microsoft-canceled Xbox One Phantom Dust reboot leaked, looks alright

Developer shuts down, 50 people lose their jobs
Mar 20
// Steven Hansen
Microsoft announced a reboot of a 10-year-old Xbox cult-classic, Phantom Dust, at its E3 conference last year. This raised a lot of "huh?" and a lot of "uh, ok" (from me included) but people who played the original were excit...
Gone Home canceled photo
Gone Home canceled

Gone Home canceled for consoles

Majesco and Midnight City woes end relationship with Fullbright
Mar 06
// Steven Hansen
With Majesco's money troubles -- the company does not have new games in development for 2015, but is instead continuing to distribute its back catalog -- and the closure of its indie publishing arm Midnight City, the PC hit G...
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Sonic X-Treme

Fans cobble together playable demo for abandoned Sonic X-Treme

Canceled for being too extreme
Feb 26
// Steven Hansen
The titled epitome of '90s raditude done in by hubris, Sonic X-Treme, was meant to be the first full 3D Sonic -- a Mario 64 colleague -- and the first of SEGA's star series for its Saturn system. Like so many subsequent 3D S...
Cancelled game photo
Cancelled game

One tit out: Leaked footage of a canceled Soul Reaver sequel, Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun

I can't get over the tit....
Feb 23
// Steven Hansen
Ok. A lot happens in this video, and there's a cool story behind its unearthing thanks to "years of research by NeoGAF member Mama Robotnik" -- there's a full, detailed thread on it here -- but, also, I'm struggling to get p...
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Shadow Realms

Development on new BioWare IP Shadow Realms ceased

It will fade into the darkness
Feb 09
// Darren Nakamura
Shadow Realms had a very cool idea going for it. The tabletop RPG-inspired, four versus one gameplay reminded me of board games like Descent or Level 7 [Omega Protocol]. The modern fantasy setting seemed like a nice break fro...
Transformers Universe photo
Transformers Universe

Jagex and Hasbro terminate Transformers MMO

Turning attention to its own properties
Dec 16
// Brett Makedonski
We never got a chance to see if there was more than meets the eye with Transformers Universe; Jagex and Hasbro shut down the free-to-play MMO today while it was still in beta. The move isn't entirely unexpected, as it may hav...
Rogue Squadron photo
Rogue Squadron

Factor 5's canceled Rogue Squadron compilation sounds incredible

There was also going to be a multiplayer Rogue Squadon
Oct 10
// Jordan Devore
As if we don't have enough canceled Star Wars games to mourn already, here's a couple more. During a recent Nintendo Voice Chat appearance, Factor 5 president Julian Eggebrecht opened up about a Rogue Squadron compilation and...
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Blizzard cancels MMO

Blizzard kills off Titan seven years into development

'Blizzard's news tightens titan's noose' - Max Scoville
Sep 23
// Jordan Devore
Blizzard's next massively multiplayer game, Titan, was never announced, but the company has spoken about the project off and on these past several years. Here's another update: the game has been canceled -- "it didn't come to...
Gears of War photo
Gears of War

It's a good thing Gears of War: Tactics was canceled

Oh, Kinect
Sep 11
// Jordan Devore
A few years back, it was repeatedly rumored that Gears of War would get a spinoff game built around Kinect. The project never came to fruition and that's seemingly for the best, if this alpha footage of Gears of War: Tactics ...
Metal Gear photo
Metal Gear

Metal Gear fan remake is cancelled, developers release trailer narrated by David Hayter

Konami pulls the plug
Aug 18
// Alessandro Fillari
Well, this is awkward. Back in June, Konami gave a group of Metal Gear fans its blessing to produce a free remake of the original MSX Metal Gear. The project attracted a lot of talent, including those who've worked on such ti...
Ultima photo

Another EA closure: This is Ultima Forever's final month

I'll continue not playing it
Aug 01
// Jordan Devore
Given that publisher Electronic Arts closed Mythic Entertainment earlier this year, it's not unexpected to hear that the free-to-play mobile RPG Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar will also be shut down soon. Once it closes...

In honor of Canada Day, a video about Akira.

Jul 01 // Max Scoville
All about Akira:The MovieThe ComicThe Games:The Famicom GameThe Amiga GameThe Playstation 2 GameThe Cancelled Sega and Super Nintendo Games  The Music:Geinoh YamashirogumiKanye West "Stronger"M83 "Midnight City"M83 "Reunion"M83 "Wait"Other Movies:Blade RunnerBrazilChronicle  
Because "Canada" sounds like "Kaneda"
Today is Canada day. And since "Canada" sounds kind of, sort of like "Kaneda," the hero of Otomo Katsuhiro's groundbreaking cyberpunk manga-turned-anime Akira, that's reason enough for me to put on my favorite red jacket and talk about one of his favorite pieces of media ever... Japanese, Canadian, or otherwise.

Primal Rage 2 photo
Primal Rage 2

Check out this 3-hour chunk of Primal Rage 2 gameplay

I'm ready for a trip to Illinois now
Jun 25
// Brittany Vincent
I don't know about you, but I have a very primal sort of rage about me when I dwell on the fact that I hadn't seen footage of Primal Rage 2 already. Luckily, there's a gaming mecca in Brookfield, Illinois that goes by the na...
Arcade photo

Primal Rage 2 exists and it's playable in an arcade

Galloping Ghost Arcade
Jun 23
// Jordan Devore
I had no idea! There was a Primal Rage 2, but it was never finished. Still, there are at least a couple arcade boards in existence of a prototype version, and Brookfield, Illinois-based Galloping Ghost Arcade has acquired on...
Canceled photo

Disney cans Star Wars: Attack Squadrons

That free-to-play PvP game
May 23
// Jordan Devore
I had to look up what Star Wars: Attack Squadrons was again, exactly, despite being the person to cover its announcement here on Destructoid. Ah, right -- the name made it sound cooler than the reality, which is: a free-to-pl...
Canceled photo

People Can Fly was making a supernatural detective game before Bulletstorm

But it was canceled by publisher THQ
May 19
// Jordan Devore
People Can Fly was working on a supernatural detective game set in the 1940s, Come Midnight, under publisher THQ until the project was cancelled in 2006. Former creative director Adrian Chmielarz tells Eurogamer it was "an in...
Banjo-Kazooie photo

That Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor 'fell to bits'

It just couldn't come together as a side project
Apr 21
// Jordan Devore
Too good to be true, I worried, when first hearing about a spiritual successor to the Banjo-Kazooie series that was to be made by former Rare staffers. "Mingy Jongo." Perhaps that name still rests in your memory. I had forgot...
Kickstarter photo

TinyBuild canceled the JetGetters Kickstarter but backers are in luck

They're getting the $51 tier for free
Apr 18
// Jordan Devore
I quite liked the look of JetGetters, a multiplayer dogfighting game built around jumping out of jets and hijacking opponents' vehicles. While it successfully raised enough money Kickstarter to be funded, the crowdfunding cam...
World of Darkness photo
World of Darkness

Development ceased on World of Darkness MMO

CCP CEO states, 'efforts were falling regretfully short.'
Apr 14
// Conrad Zimmerman
CCP Games announced today that development has been halted on the World of Darkness massively multiplayer online game. In a statement, CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson expressed regret over the decision, sayin...

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