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Leaked Footage Of (Probably Dead) Midway Shooter

Amidst all the layoffs and turmoil, you never know when a weird game is just going to burp up out of the void and make itself known. This is such a game.

It's not too often that you get to see footage of a game that was canned before it was announced. But someone, somewhere is always prototyping something. And if those someones end up getting laid off, well, you never know what's going to happen to that footage. Cue Unseen 64, which tossed up this clip a couple of days ago and claimed that it's footage of a Midway shooter. Destructoid picked up on it this morning, as well.

  


Looks like it's relatively modern Midway tech, so it's probably based on whatever updates the company made to the Unreal Engine for Stranglehold. Normally, the existence of yet another canceled game wouldn't be that newsworthy. But somebody dropped us a tip that had the word "Robotron" in it. Was this demo supposed to be the start of a new game in the Robotron line? It's got clear moments of humans being saved, which was a key part of the original game. But those don't look like evil enemy robots to me. Weird. Either way, we'll probably never get to find out.
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Posted by Jeff
It's not too often that you get to see footage of a game that was canned before it was announced. But someone, somewhere is always prototyping something. And if those someones end up getting laid off, well, you never know what's going to happen to that footage. Cue Unseen 64, which tossed up this clip a couple of days ago and claimed that it's footage of a Midway shooter. Destructoid picked up on it this morning, as well.

  


Looks like it's relatively modern Midway tech, so it's probably based on whatever updates the company made to the Unreal Engine for Stranglehold. Normally, the existence of yet another canceled game wouldn't be that newsworthy. But somebody dropped us a tip that had the word "Robotron" in it. Was this demo supposed to be the start of a new game in the Robotron line? It's got clear moments of humans being saved, which was a key part of the original game. But those don't look like evil enemy robots to me. Weird. Either way, we'll probably never get to find out.
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Posted by JJOR64

Robotron in 3D?  I'm there.

Posted by Magresda

Wasn't this the game that "looked better then Gears of War 2!"? 

I can swear I heard that quote on a 1up podcast sometime in december.
Posted by Captain_Fookup

Looks like it had potential, perhaps some other company will pick up the IP in the future.

Posted by Quadrifoglio

That's totally a Stranglehold-themed build of the Unreal Engine.

Edited by LiveOrDie1212

this game look like it could be really fun if they could've stuck with it and improve on it, but too bad.

Posted by HatKing

Eh...maybe if it had a lot of work done on it...I mean obviously it was very early in development...but even then it still looks like just a typical shooter.  I guess there isn't a enough there to really make a sound judgement on it...but I'm not going to be losing any sleep if it is canned.

Posted by bulletclip6

id play it.

Posted by ZeroCast

Pre-Alpha much?

Edited by ZmillA

rofl looks like more fun than too human

Posted by mrfluke
it has the same running animation as stranglehold
Posted by Arkthemaniac

I actually think that game could be awesome with some time and effort.

Posted by BlueJester

I love how when he slows time and zooms in, its stranglehold cross hair and sounds. neat.
The blue thing on the dudes back is a lot like Issac's blue thing in dead space.

Posted by OmarStylesIX

It is almost identical to Stranglehold. From the crosshair, to that "precison shot" and the camera view.

Posted by InFamous91

i would of give it a try

Edited by Death_Burnout

Yeah that's very early, so early it used Stranglehold death voices as placeholders!

in that state it almost looks like a Stranglehold mod.

Posted by ArchScabby

sci fi zombies?  I would totally play a game like that

Posted by Wright

Looks pretty neat, though It's probably for the best if it's dead.

Posted by SoothsayerGB

Eh, nothing special.  But if that was just the beginning...

Posted by TheGamerGeek

Ah, that actually looked like it would've been good if they just tweaked the Gameplay to where it doesn't play exactly like Stranglehold and fixed bugs.

Posted by ch3burashka

Unlimited ammo is NOT the way to go these days...

Posted by JoelTGM

looks like stranglehold

Posted by DukeTogo

I see some Robotron in there.  Maybe even some Berserk.

The bad video makes it look like Pit Fighter video.

Posted by Bucketdeth

Looks like it could have gone somewhere, maybe it will pop up sometime in the near future.

Posted by OmegaPirate

Cyborg zombies?

Posted by FCKSNAP

I liked robotron. But a modern Sinistar would be awesome.

Posted by Kohe321

Huh to bad it won't come out.

Posted by LiquidPrince

That would actually look pretty cool if it was polished a ton. Has a Left 4 Dead quality to it.

Posted by stephengotlost

I wish I could "unsee" this game.

ba da pish

Posted by Kush

This is obviously just Stranglehold with a futuristic skin over it...

Posted by truebornracer

Looks a lot like Stranglehold

Posted by Teptom

I was waiting for him to slide down a rail or something. Why were those zombies keeping hostages?

Posted by MeatSim

looks interesting but it also looks like it had a long way to go before it could be shipped which isn't happening now.

Posted by ZombiePie
Snapstacle said:
"I liked robotron. But a modern Sinistar would be awesome."
THQ made an unofficial sequel to Sinistar called Sinistar Unleashed that had nothing to do with the arcade game except for the fact that it shared the name, but you should still look it up.

But onto this game. Maybe with a little more time in development, content, and polish, maybe and I know this could be a push, maybe this could have been the game that Stranglehold should have been.
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Posted by iAmJohn

OH SHIT, IT'S ZOMBIE CYBORGS!!!

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Posted by punkxblaze

Between the zombie things and those lights on the dude's back?

ITT: Left 4 Dead Space

Posted by forestofdeath

DO NOT WANT.

Posted by FalcomAdol

Too bad, with a decent cover system and tweaked controls (looks a bit floaty), this looks kind of promising.

Posted by LiquidPrince
Kush said:
"This is obviously just Stranglehold with a futuristic skin over it..."
It has stuff that seemingly could have developed into something quite unique.

Posted by gla55jAw

Everyone already beat me to Stranlehold comments.

Posted by Xander51

I would have bought a new Robotron on the Stranglehold tech. Cool to see that clip.

Posted by keyhunter

Cool, he shot things with two pistols, dove to the side, and slow motion sniped a zombie. Stranglehold 2 perhaps?

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Posted by Chewii101

I get the Stranglehood thing but does no-one else kinda see Dead-Space elements? Zombies lol. But also the bar on the character's back, which seems alot like the health system in Dead Space.

Posted by RetroIce4

Robotron?

Posted by ImperiousRix

Looks EXACTLY like Stranglehold.  It sinched it when he did the focus targeting move to take out that monster chasing the poor old guy.

Posted by Junpei

would have needed tons of polish, plus the enemies early in the video that die from 1 little shot seems kinda boring gameplay-wise to me.

Posted by agentboolen

It might be due to the game not being finished yet but this game screams to me as low budget saver game.  Bet it was planned to be released at $40.

Posted by JuggaloAcidman

The game looks like it was cancelled due to suckage!!! I still can't get over how crappy that game looked... LET IT BURN!!!

Posted by LiquidPrince
JuggaloAcidman said:
"The game looks like it was cancelled due to suckage!!! I still can't get over how crappy that game looked... LET IT BURN!!!"
It was a Prototype... There was no level design or finalized A.I and even the animations hadn't been implemented properly. That's like the very VERY first build of a game, to see if the concept works.

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