Weekend Question: What canceled game do you wish you could have played?

PCG Ted

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From over the hills and under the mountains a single unifying cry rings out: "Weekend. Question. Weekend. Question." If you're new, I ask the same question of PCG's staff and forums for a regular feature on the site. I'm actually going to be out of town this coming weekend, so this one will probably be up on Monday.

This week's question is: What canceled game do you wish you could have played?

A little while ago I wrote about Troika Games' canceled post-apocalyptic RPG prototype, a cool-as-hell spiritual successor to Fallout from some of the best who ever did it. That article (and Chris' helpful suggestion) had me wanting to hear about all of your Lost Lenores.

Could be a ghost of a concept that just wasn't meant to be, like Troika Games' pitch for Arcanum 2: Journey to the Centre of Arcanum, or something more substantial, like Troika Games' demo for a Lord of the Rings CRPG. Could even be something not by Troika Games, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it.
 
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Zloth

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  1. A second Prey game. The first one was great fun, and the baddies were interesting aliens. Unfortunately, Arkane has gone a different direction, and many of the folks central to making Prey have been scattered around the gamedom.
  2. A real Crysis 2. The one that got made dumped almost all the first game's story and re-did the technology so the consoles could run the game. I wish we could have a proper Crysis 2 that continued the story from the first game (and its DLC).
  3. It already looks unlikely that we'll get a second Midnight Suns game, despite in-game indications. That's a shame - I'm really having fun with that game.
Hmmm, Ted's is a 2, Brian's is a 2, all three of mine are 2's...
 
Someone has to say it, Half Life 3 (or even HL2 episode 3)

As that ones pretty much a gimme, probably Baldurs Gate 3 as it was originally intended. Larians BG 3 looks like its going to be great, but I would have played the hell out of that game 20 years ago or whatever it was.

  1. A second Prey game. The first one was great fun, and the baddies were interesting aliens. Unfortunately, Arkane has gone a different direction, and many of the folks central to making Prey have been scattered around the gamedom.
Interesting fact, Arkane didnt want to call the 2017 game Prey, Bethesda Zenimax management basically forced it on them because they owned the IP and wanted to use it.
 

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As a fan of action-stealth games, I really liked the idea of Starcraft: Ghost. Getting some more Starcraft lore would be a nice bonus as well.
Ah yeah, that would be cool to see. From the gameplay snippets I've seen over the years, there' was clearly potential in the formula. Shame the management did everything possible for it to crash.

From the not-mentioned games: Van Buren aka proper Fallout 3. Damn I wish I lived in a timeline when this happened and Bethesda never got their dirty hands on the IP.
 
Another I just got reminded of in another thread: there was a planned Half Life 2 spinoff focused on Ravenholm and Father Grigori. Ravenholm is one of the all-time great shooter levels, so I do wish they'd been able to flesh it out into something worthwhile.
 
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SimVille. Around the time that SimCity 3000 and The Sims were such great successes, Maxis was working on a game between those two scales -- one where the player managed a neighborhood, essentially. No choosing between different power plants, no "Bob unplug the toilet", but something in-between. Part of the appeal was the shared universe: at the time, Maxis was allowing for crosspollination between its games, so that Sims from TS1 could be imported into SimCity 4, and SimCity 4 maps could be used to create TS2 neighborhoods, etc.
 
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I can't remember the name, or even the developer . . . but I remember reading in the 90s in a gaming magazine about an alternate history World War II mech game. The concept art looked very well done and immersive for mechs done with World War II era (esque, since alternate history) technology. As far as I know, it turned into vaporware and never materialized, but sounded like it had a lot of potential.
 

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