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The lost games of 2008

More delays than Sydney's public transport system.

  • Metro 2033: The Last Refuge

    There have been previews of the game since 2006 but Metro 2033: The Last Refuge is quickly becoming the next S.T.A.L.K.E.R., with no release date in sight. It seems the game follows a similar storyline as its spiritual predecessor, taking place in a desolate post-apocalyptic world where you must warn humanity of a mysterious horde of animals (as post-apocalyptic worlds are prone to such). The game shows some promise, but whether it will see the light of day is still uncertain.
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    With Warner Bros. delaying the movie for "marketing reasons", the game has also been pushed back into early 2009, leaving Christmas sales in the mire. Film tie-ins are never a pretty sort (except for Goldeneye, which goes without saying), but there is always hope when developers get just that little more time to polish up what is usually a rushed money grabber. Whether developers actually get more time in this case is an unanswered question, though there is that faint glimmer that maybe Quidditch could become all the more fun.
  • Daybreakers

    Just like the similarly named film it has no relation to, the Daybreakers game is nowhere to be seen. With a release date set somewhere between now and the game's setting of 2087, developer Trilogy Studios has little to show for its work other than some concept art and Tatooine-inspired desert dwellers. Could it be good? You'll probably never know.
  • Age of Pirates: Captain Blood

    Yes, it has an awesome name, but with a release date that has constantly been pushed back since 2006, this frigate is dead in the water. Information released to date reveals a plot with naught depth other than to engage in naval battles and "swashbuckling sword fights". Unfortunately, there's word yet as to when this ship gets into port.
  • Every year, a number of games always fall off the radar. Whether it is due to delays, cancellation or sheer laziness on the developer's part, sometimes even anticipated games can disappear without a trace. We have compiled some of the notables of this year, so you know what you are missing out on.

    Chrome 2

    Polish developer Techland has slowly built reputation over the past eight years with titles like GTI Racing and Call of Juarez. Unfortunately, it appears this year's scheduled addition to the company's repertoire, Chrome 2, has vanished. With no information on Techland's Web site and naught but a stub in Wikipedia (most reputable of all sources!), the follow-up to the little-known original may not make it to Little Tim this Christmas.
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