FOOTAGE of a Panzer Dragoon-style aerial shooter has surfaced from the developer of the Star Wars: X-Wing games.
Totally Games worked on the Xbox exclusive Knights of Decayden until early 2002, when the project was shelved.
The game featured a fantasy world where warriors fought each other while riding flying seahorses.
You could also dive into the water and collect sea creatures to use as ammunition.
Combat was primarily conducted with lightsaber-style lances.
Star Wars studio originally pitched the idea to PlayStation in 2000 as an early title for the PlayStation 2, but Sony persevered.
Microsoft initially wanted Knights of Decayden as a launch title for its rival console, the original Xbox.
This was to be part of Xbox’s Studio X program, which included numerous games from third-party developers.
However, when the game wasn’t completed by early 2002, months after the Xbox’s launch, it was shelved.
Speak with axiosTotally Games founder Larry Holland called the project “incredibly ambitious and kind of stupid at the same time”.
Holland blames the time pressure as the main reason for the cancellation.
“I’ve agreed to a very aggressive schedule – probably more for financial reasons and so my organization and company don’t have to lay off a lot of people.”
When it was shown to the Xbox in 2002, it was still in its infancy.
Holland had underestimated the work that would be required to create an entirely new flight system.
As such, Xbox was disappointed with the results in 2002, with Holland admitting, “We hadn’t ironed out all the scope, speed and melee issues.”
Microsoft Gaming head Phil Spencer previously revealed that canceling a game was one of his first jobs at Xbox.
It now appears that the game was Knights of Decayden.
Despite the studio’s disappointment, Holland announced that he expects the cancellation.
“I’ve learned a lot about what I should and shouldn’t try when it comes to taking risks and at least balancing the risk-taking with the schedule.”
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.
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