Published on December 28th, 2016 | by Alecs Pillik

Great Looking Games That Never Came Out

I was recently trawling the internet for information on Below. It’s a game that I’ve been looking forward to for a while, but haven’t heard much about recently. It was originally destined for a summer 2016 release. As it goes, the developers have fallen behind. They’ve gone into perpetual darkness (much like the concept for Below) until they can give a firm release date. So that could be next month. It could be next year. It could be never. So, in the spirit of great things that didn’t happen, here’s my list of games that never came out.

Fable Legends

This game looked like a dead cert. I mean, we saw some pretty decent looking trailers. Not only that, but there was even a beta up till April 2016! Sure, it wasn’t necessarily my cup of tea. But it looked like the sort of game that any Fable fan would enjoy. I felt that a concept of the game, being based around four playable heroes and one playable ‘master villain’ was a good one. Similar to EVOLVE – but maybe more enjoyable, as the villain could control an army of creatures. Sadly, both Fable Legends and Lionhead are no more. Will we ever see another Fable game? Perhaps, but it won’t be the same.

Silent Hills (aka P.T.)

If you missed P.T., you were most likely living under a rock. It was pretty much all anyone was talking about, back in the August of 2014. It was true horror masterpiece, with everything that you could ever want from a survival horror game in one short demo. Plus it had Norman Reedus, TV’s Daryl Dixon, playing the main protagonist – what’s not to love? Unfortunately, due to “disagreements” between Konami and Hideo Kojima (the game’s designer), Silent Hills is not to be. The Silent Hill series gave me my first taste of the horror game genre. I’ll never forget playing Silent Hill – back in 1999 at the tender age of 9 – because that game shit me up.

Star Wars: 1313

STAR WARS game. Nuff said. Slap those two words on anything and it’ll sell. Star Wars: 1313, though, actually looked like a decent game. We saw some decent screenshots of the title and it was more than enough to peak my interest. A game following legendary Bounty Hunter, Boba Fett? Count me in. But when Disney purchased Lucasfilm and shut down LucasArts – God rest its soul – Star Wars: 1313 was thrown to the wolves.

TimeSplitters 4

TineSplitters is possibly one of the greatest game series of our generation. It’s a fact. And if you dispute it, you’re wrong and I hate you so you should stop lying and admit that TimeSplitters is the best. TimeSplitters 4 was in development by Crytek, back in 2012, but the game wasn’t meant to be. Sadly, Future Perfect didn’t sell as well as Crytek had initially hoped – and they worried that they’d struggle to pitch a 4th installment to potential developers. Inevitably, the project fell to the wayside. Now that Crytek are having some serious issues, mostly revolving around them not paying their staff, I have a feeling that a new TimeSplitters game may well not be on the cards. At least not from them, anyway.

So there are my top four games that were never to be. What ones have I missed off my list? Let me know in the comments below!

About the Author

Alecs Pillik

From his humble beginnings on the N64, Alec's love for video games has flourished across all genres, from RPGs to FPSs. You can usually find him at work, at the Museum of London, out on the football pitch having a kick-around, or at home gaming with his friends. His favourite games include Left 4 Dead, Battlefield 3 & 4, Oblivion, Fallout 3 & 4 and Call of Duty: World at War. If you're on the Xbox One, don't forget to follow his gamertag for some cool game clips!

  • Dave C

    Deep Down. That looked like a true next gen dungeon crawler, then it simply vanished.

    • lon3wolf

      Yes and tbh it had gone so deep down I had completely forgotten about it.

    • I was going to include it, as it goes, but back in the summer of last year Capcom said that it was still in development – so there’s hope! Think they’ve filed another trademark extension for it…

  • Michael Scoates

    Fallout Online (maybe, one day), EverQuest Online Adventures disappearing from the European PS2, True Fantasy Live Online never making it to XBox and I’m tapping my feet waiting for SEGA to release a Phantasy Star for the PS4 (in Europe, in English). They never call, they never write…

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