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5 Video Games That Never Got Distributed To The Masses

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Somewhere in the back of our heads, we can think of a plethora of video games, where the entertainment value can seem insurmountable. Like a “To be continued” message at the end of a music video and never seeing what happens next, there are numerous video games that were canceled. You may think you are having a hectic time after getting your hopes up for the release of a video game, but just imagine how the heartbroken game designers feel. 

Even if the video game was well-known, but got swept under the rug, it may be because it had poor management (where managers got behind schedule or their project was over the budget), failed to reach the strict standards of the developers, and new hardware got released (causing the dilemma of if the developers should stick with the old hardware or update it).

Delayed projects can be frustrating for anyone, causing our attention span to focus on other things, but to cancel a project is different. While we can think of video games we expected to see the release of, but did not, here is a list of the top video games that never got distributed to the masses.

The Avengers | Footage of THQ's Cancelled FPS [July 14, 2011 Build]

5. THQ’s The Avengers: 

Right about the same time Marvel Studios planned a film release of The Avengers in 2012, there was also plans of a video game release. If this game released, it would have been based on the Secret Invasion storyline from the comic book series. Too bad that in 2013, The Avengers video game got canceled (and some people blame Homefront and uDraw Studio for that). 

4. Batman: The Dark Knight:

The action-stealth game developed by Pandemic Studios, was one of the bigger disappointments in the history of canceled video games. Batman: The Dark Knight was planned from September 2006 until October 2008. This would have been the first ever open world video game, featuring DC Comic’s Batman and was based on Christopher Nolans movie, The Dark Knight. All of those hardworking people helping to create the game, just never got the opportunity to share their efforts to the world. Ultimately, the cancellation resulted in EA to miss out on $100 million dollars in revenue.

Star Wars 1313 ™ - Trailer HD 1080 !

3. Star Wars 1313: 

In 2006, Disney bought Pixar for $7.4 million. Then, in 2012, Disney bought the rights to Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Lucasfilm. If that was not enough, Disney bought Marvel Entertainment and more, but pause. When Disney bought Star Wars (acquiring the Star Wars IP), the company laid off most of the LucasArts staff. Current projects were either canceled or delayed, but for Star Wars 1313, it just got canceled. Despite the talk about Star Wars 1313 being canceled (where you could have been playing as Boba Fett, a bounty hunter), some people think it may return. 

2. Legacy of Kain Dead Sun: 

This game was in development for 3 years before being canceled in 2012. The two lead protagonists would have been Asher (the human) and Gein (the vampire). 

1. Resident Evil Zero: 

Resident Evil Zero was about to be released for N64 (Nintendo 64), before the prequel of the original Resident Evil on GameCube. Possibly, maybe the project was canceled due to the hardware limitations and lack of N64 cartridge space. Instead, this title was released on GameCube in 2012, but there is always the thought of “What if?” What if Resident Evil Zero was actually able to be released on N64? 

Isaiah Joshua is an author and poet and has a love for video games. In May 2016, he graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor's Degree in Cinema Arts and Science. As an avid gamer, some of his favorite games are "WWF No Mercy, Hitman, Manhunt, Sims 3, Mortal Kombat, and Street Fighter. Conscious in gaming culture, he is always researching gaming history, as well as the latest games to write about.