10 Dumbest Reasons Why Video Games Were Cancelled

There's usually a good reason why a game is canned... but not always.


When gaming visionary, Hideo Kojima, announced he was working on Silent Hills with Walking Dead star, Norman Reedus, and Oscar-winning director, Guillermo del Toro, fans lost their collective minds. Then when a demo was released in 2014, it was critically acclaimed.

"P.T." simply sounded too good to be true.

Sadly, it was.

After Konami decided to focus on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain instead of Silent Hills, Kojima's project was shut down. Naturally, fans were devastated they would never play this game, knowing it had the potential to be a masterpiece.

As frustrating as this was, games get cancelled in similar ways all the time. Due to budget limitations, changes in the company, lack of resources or time restraints, thousands of potential games have been abandoned. This can be very frustrating for gamers and developers, but the reason why is usually understandable.


There are times however, when a game is cancelled for the dumbest reason possible. Some of the reasons on this list will sound childish, stupid, or fabricated, but there are those decision-makers who will scrap years of work on a whim, for the most idiotic reasons imaginable.


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