By jakob187 2 Comments
A long time ago, before Bioshock was in development and Irrational was bought out by 2K and changed their name, Ken Levine and Co. were making a game that I was greatly looking forward to called The Lost. The basis of the story was that you played this waitress named Amanda whose daughter is killed in a car crash. You make a deal with the Devil to journey into the bowels of Hell in order to save your daughter's soul. Pretty cool stuff, and the version of Hell in the game was loosely based on Dante's Divine Comedy, specifically the Inferno portion.
The game went through development hell and got cancelled. It was being co-developed by a company in India called FX Labs.
Apparently, FX Labs got ahold of the rights after a while, updated the game a bit, changed a few things to fit for the Indian market, and released Agni: Queen of Darkness this year!!! I was completely unaware of this until, thankfully, krazedkaoz on these very boards mentioned something about City of Metronome, and there was a video on YouTube showing old game footage from The Lost that happened to mention something about Agni: Queen of Darkness.
I remember talking to Ken Levine a bit about The Lost back when I was writing for BonusStage. We were doing an article about games that were cancelled but people were still looking forward to. The Lost was at the top of our list, and for good reason. I mean, it's fucking Irrational, man!!! Freedom Force? System Shock? Deep Cover? Shit yeah, we were psyched. Every time I would e-mail Ken about it, it just sounded like his heart was ripped out over the whole thing.
I found a review for Agni here, for anyone who wants to check out some stuff about it. I'm really curious about how to get my hands on a copy of this to check it out, as it still has the whole thing with the Entities in the game.
What about you guys? What long lost games that were cancelled do you wish someone would pick back up and give another chance? I'm sure we'll get a lot of folks saying "Starcraft: Ghost" and such, but let's really dig on this, folks.
Also, for those curious to know about The Lost: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lost_(video_game)