10 Cancelled Video Games That Would Have Made Millions

Some things were never meant to be.

Unlike within the medium of film, video games are often threatened with the possibility of cancellation. Whereas film productions rarely find themselves at such a point of awfulness that entire projects are shut down - Hollywood will put out any old crap if needs be, after all; take Jonah Hex - video games often find themselves in such a muddle that calling it quits seems like the only sensible option. Developers work around the clock to ensure that this doesn't occur, of course, but sometimes you can't stop what's coming. And truth be told, lots and lots of video games end up axed. Most of the time, this shouldn't necessarily be viewed as a bad thing; tons of video games that end up being cancelled probably had no place being released in the first place. After all, cancellation often occurs due to conflicting views or visions, lack of money, or general disarray within the company charged with developing "dud" games. Time pressures, too, often contribute to the eventual decision to cancel a game. Now and again, though, news of a cancelled game makes people really, really angry, and for one reason alone: it sounded totally, absolutely and positively awesome. Here, then, are 10 cancelled games that would have been brilliant enough to pull in millions and millions of dollars, had the developers actually been allowed to finish them. Who knows? Perhaps one day, fate will intervene and some of these doomed projects will finally see the light of day. Perhaps.

Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.