Up For Debate - What cancelled games would you love to see come back?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Mar 14, 2021 5:00 PM
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Developing a video game is hard, at least for the most part. There’s a lot of internal work that needs to happen before a game is eventually finished and sold. Sometimes obstacles in the way can prevent a title from ever getting finished. Most of the time we never really hear about them, but sometimes a game can be shown off before it is released, and eventually gets cancelled. So today we want to ask you guys: What cancelled games would you love to see come back?

There are many examples of games that were revealed and then eventually cancelled, too many to list all of them over the last few decades. But there are some that gained significant attention and a lot of outcry when they were eventually cancelled.

One of the most significant would have to be Star Wars 1313, which was a highly anticipated action adventure set within the popular world of Star Wars. I think we can all remember the E3 demo from 2013, which looked a lot like Uncharted but with a Star Wars skin. Check it out again if you can’t quite remember:

Back in 2013 it was a very impressive demo, with great looking graphics and seamless cutscene transitions. It turned a lot of heads and had a lot of people excited, which is why it was ultimately very disappointing when it was announced the project was cancelled.

Then of course there was Silent Hills, the Hideo Kojima-led project that blew up because of the mysterious nature of its teaser. There was also the original Doom 4, before DOOM (2016) released. Prey 2, Star Wars Battlefront 3, and Batman: Gotham By Gaslight are all part of the biggest cancelled games as well. 

Oh yeah, and Anthem 2.0 would have been pretty cool to see at least before it got officially cancelled, though I don’t know if you can say that game was ‘cancelled’ as much as the other games on this list. And with Paradox searching for a new developer on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, I wouldn’t be surprised if that game eventually gets cancelled as well. It probably won't, but like I said I wouldn't be surprised.

I have to say though, Star Wars 1313, Silent Hills, and Prey 2 have to be the top 3 cancelled games that most people would wish to see. There are obviously plenty more cancelled games that weren’t mentioned here, so we’d love to hear your thoughts and what games you wish to be back in development!

So what do you think? What cancelled games would you love to see come back? If you had to pick 1 of our top 3, which would you choose? And do you think any of them eventually will come back? Either as a direct restart in development or as a spiritual reboot? Let’s debate!

Which one of our top 3 cancelled games would you like to see come back?

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18:55 Mar-17-2021

PROTOTYPE 3 and DEAD SPACE 4 would be great

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12:30 Mar-17-2021

I would like to see warhammer online comeback or become a new game i loved it when it was released, the downside to it was the subscription you had to pay to

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12:31 Mar-17-2021

play it

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04:43 Mar-16-2021

Battlefield.....(joke or foreshadowing ...your choice)

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22:34 Mar-15-2021

Star Wars 1313 really tops the list for me. Though bounty hunter like original Prey 2 is close second for me. Maybe I just hunger for some game where you play bounty hunter, maybe a bit like cowboy, except in non wild west setting. But yeah, definitely remember wanting those games really badly. I mean sure, playing Jedi is fun, but there is so much of that and 1313 stood out because of that.

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17:35 Mar-15-2021

Before I die I want to see a sequel to Freelancer or a remaster. Come on, Microsoft!

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09:21 Mar-15-2021

**** guys this can be a ridiculously long list you have the Alan Wake Sequel that was never green lit by microsoft then you have the Star wars Game by Amy Hennig along with 1313 then i guess even failed concepts or concepts that got abondon

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09:23 Mar-15-2021

abandoned mid development to see the final product being completely different. like the metro 2033 original concept of it being an open worldish game with the entire metro being there for it to become a Linear shooter, sure it helps with th

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09:25 Mar-15-2021

the final end concept that the game was trying to run with a supernatural horrish shooter, but the books and the metro are actually with a really good political backdrop and a open world game with trading and waring between both sides would

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09:28 Mar-15-2021

be a super dope title to go though. then you have Mass Effect Andromeda's original Concept of procedural generated worlds with the game essentially being a Exploration title with base building and resource harvesting and Colony Establishmen

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09:30 Mar-15-2021

establishment and logistics and protections from unfavorable alien species and a super loose story thrown in. Procedural generation has sorta failed so i guess this concept failing makes sense but man the potential here is crazy also Crytek

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09:32 Mar-15-2021

technically had the idea of a Last of us kinda game right along Crysis 2 I believe

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09:14 Mar-15-2021

I can't think of one, but I DO wish a trash game would get canceled tho and that is Genshin Impact!
I hate it and I'm sick and tired of seeing it everywhere.

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10:21 Mar-15-2021

why is it trash?
never played it but heard bunch of people talk about it like Lost Pause, and only bad thing i understood about it is that its big money grab as it makes you spend real money to unlock characters other then that it seems really enjoyable.
alos one mans trash is others treasure, for example serious sam 4, it seems that people didnt really liked it but to me its the best game of 2020 and the first game that i actually enjyed playing in the last 2-3years

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17:28 Mar-15-2021

It's a gotcha game and I'm pretty sure Tencent is behind it.

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04:59 Mar-15-2021

PT, Routine, The Lunafreya DLC for FF XV, that was big, the dlc of Mass Effect Andromeda, Scalebound, InSANE....... The list is longer than the Phone book in Tokyo....

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16:36 Mar-15-2021

Were any of the FFXV DLCs worth playing? I couldn't bring myself to play them after the depressing second half of the main game which I found to be a drag to get through.

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16:54 Mar-15-2021

in my opinion they are expecially Ardyns dlc

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16:40 Mar-15-2021

The annoying thing about Andromeda was that the potential DLCs had the possibility of being far more interesting than much of the main game. The gameplay itself was decent enough and there were a couple of interesting characters, but the mysteries it set up for the DLCs were more compelling than the storylines in the main game.

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04:32 Mar-15-2021

The canceling of Prey 2 was criminal. Also, 90s Arcade racer, which was supposed to be published by Nikalis, ended up disappearing the way many Nikalis games have...

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22:30 Mar-14-2021

Deep Down was a really cool looking ps4 game! Does anyone remember this?

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10:24 Mar-15-2021

first time hearing about this cancelled game and it reminds me of Project Awakening a game that was also ps4 exclusive tho i have no idea what happened to it i didnt heard that it was cancelled

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12:51 Mar-15-2021

First time I'm hearing of Project Awakening too! Looks cool

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22:25 Mar-14-2021

Project Offset...

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21:45 Mar-14-2021

Homeworld 3!!

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21:33 Mar-14-2021

Shadow of a Soul: Chapter 1.

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21:28 Mar-14-2021

Any of the Black Isle Fallout projects that never made it.

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20:03 Mar-14-2021

Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun

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11:54 Mar-15-2021

Damn shame.

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19:31 Mar-14-2021

1313 would be my choice
But the more I think about it, the more I realise that if it were made today, it would just be another sony style (TPS with heavy emphasis on story) game with a star wars coat of paint

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19:32 Mar-14-2021

Also that Capcom game deep down, might as well be canceled too

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16:23 Mar-15-2021

Well 1313 would be a lot like Jedi: Fallen Order but probably without the lightsaber gameplay-wise if made now. The opening level of J:FO even plays just like the section of the above trailer where the character is climbing the falling ship and it wouldn't surprise me if it was a homage to the 1313 trailer.

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18:58 Mar-14-2021

This is an opportunity to make Half Life 3 jokes

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16:24 Mar-15-2021

There was meant to be a third?

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18:27 Mar-14-2021

Bully 2 anyone?

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17:52 Mar-14-2021

Anthem

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17:39 Mar-14-2021

Starcraft: Ghost, the next Advent Rising game

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17:49 Mar-14-2021

Ditto on both of those games.

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20:19 Mar-14-2021

Advent Rising 2 would be nice

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22:48 Mar-14-2021

The first soundtrack I purchased was from Advent Rising. Starwars is an old universe. Advent Rising still has so much potential.

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