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14 PSP games that never were

As the new year begins, let's take a look at some various PSP games that never materialized. Many of these games have been totally scrapped, while others hold on to life support -- will they ever see the light of day?

Devil May Cry
A long time ago, close to the PSP's launch, Capcom announced it was working on a few games for the PSP. One was a game in the Devil May Cry universe. Was it going to be a port of the sublime DMC3? Or would it be something new altogether? Unfortunately, we haven't heard anything about the game since it was first announced so many years ago.

Climax was supposed to be working on a PSP remake of the classic RPG Landstalker. Of course, this was two years ago. Since then, Climax's site has kept its Landstalker-inspired layout. But, that's probably because they never bothered to update the site. Ever.

Elder Scrolls Travels
The PSP take on Oblivion was first discovered in an issue of OPM ... and was never heard from again. Constant rumors of the game being canceled don't bode well for the game. We're pretty certain this game has been killed.

David Jaffe's project on making gamers cry never saw the light of day. It was supposed to be the Halo of PSP. Too bad it sucked so much that it was canned (Dave's words, not ours). At least God of War is coming to our system.

Gran Turismo Mobile
Also shown early in the PSP's life, Gran Turismo Mobile was supposed to be a handheld version of Gran Turismo 4. Then, Polyphony Digital decided to work on the PSP GT5 instead, and has put the PSP version on the backburner since. It's supposed to come out after the PS3 GT5, which means gamers will be waiting for at least another year or two before the game comes out (if it ever does). Read more here.

Makai Wars
This Nippon Ichi game had a lot of people excited when it was announced for PSP and PS3. Then it was put on hold. And then it was supposedly "resurrected." We haven't heard about it since, but we're hoping NIS has something more than Disgaea 3 planned for the remainder of the year.

Every system has a Tetris game. This puzzler was announced so long ago, we don't even remember it. Do you?

King of Fighters Maximum Impact Portable
Announced more than two years ago, this PS2 fighter from SNK was supposed to make the jump to PSP. It never happened, did it?

LucasArt's import-your-own-music-and-play-it game never saw the light of day. Thankfully beats came along and did everything Traxion was supposed to offer.

Back when this game was first revealed, it looked really cool. In fact, it looked so close to being done. Why did this stylish beat-em-up disappear? Check out IGN's surreal interview about the game-that-never-was.

Advent Shadow
The next game in the Advent series was quietly canned when the Xbox-exclusive Advent Rising bombed horribly, forcing Majesco to pretty much give up on big-budget gaming altogether. The original Advent Rising was a bit too ambitious for the team -- filled with great ideas, but low on execution. See the official press release here.

Earthworm Jim
We were excited to play what looked to be a stunning 3D recreation of Earthworm Jim until we announced that the game was canceled. Atari and Shiny left each other in a messy divorce, and only PSP fans are left crying.

Who doesn't like really, really, really obscure puzzles? The classic PC adventure was supposed to find its way home on PSP via Sega. Guess they decided the US market just wouldn't be interested.

Godzilla Unleashed
In spite of being shown on the PSP, development of Godzilla Unleashed was quietly shoved under the rug at one point. Since then, it's only been shown on Wii and DS, as Atari pretends a PSP version was never really in the works. Too bad.

That's a lot of games that were canned or simply turned into vaporware. Every system has its share of games that never make it past development. We're particularly saddened by the mysterious death of Gekido. But, we're really hopeful that Capcom will make good on a DMC game for PSP. 2008 will be an interesting year, no doubt.

[Via NeoGAF, Portable Video Gamer]

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