In the history of video games we have known multiple cases in which projects, despite being advanced in their development, fail to see the light. Curiously, in later years information usually emerges that proves their eventful existence. This week, The Hidden Palace, whose purpose is to preserve classic video games, shared details of a canceled game from Daredevil.
The information, leaked by a developer who preferred to remain anonymous, states that Daredevil: The man without fear was going to be released on the PS2. Nevertheless, in 2004 it was canceled. The saddest thing is that the project already had considerable progress, and the images are proof of this.
The development of the game Daredevil was the responsibility of 5000Ft, an American studio based in Reno, Nevada. His playing history, however, is not well known. They worked on titles like Army Men: Green Rogue (2001), Army Men: World War – Team Assault and Stacked with Daniel Negreanu. Therefore, Daredevil: The man without fear It was the project that could make them known like never before.
In fact, by the date Daredevil: The man without fear was cancelled, there is no doubt that Those responsible wanted to take advantage of the success of the 2003 feature filmstarring Ben Affleck.
“The scope of the game was originally much smaller, given that they initially received a much smaller budget. However, when 5,000 Ft. president Tim Page was contacted by a friend who worked at Sony Pictures, who told them that 20th Century Fox was developing a film for 2003, the game’s budget was expanded and the scope increased as well.
The problems that sentenced the fate of the Daredevil game
What caused its cancellation? Firstly, Your evaluation process became chaos. Especially when Sony tried to get 5000Ft to implement new mechanics to increase the quality of the game. The problem is that all this costs money and their resources were limited.
Another problem occurred when 5000Ft decided change the graphics engine. Daredevil: The man without fear It began its development with RenderWare, but later they decided to create their own tool to reduce costs. The project began to suffer a series of complications that led to its first delay. The original plan was to launch it in 2003the same year the film was released.
The tension and constant problems caused several 5000Ft employees to abandon ship. The studio was losing key personnel and it was no longer possible to maintain the pace of development of Daredevil: The man without fear. Worse, Marvel didn’t even approve the changes that Sony had suggested., since the project had moved away from what they initially proposed. In the end, the best thing was to cancel it in 2004.
Today, Daredevil is one of Marvel’s most beloved characters. However, it must be recognized that his popularity was far from being the same a few decades ago. The 2003 film, starring Ben Affleck, was the first big push the Hell’s Kitchen hero received beyond the comics. Unfortunately, the film ended up being a complete failure both at the box office and with critics.
Now, there is no doubt that the Netflix series put Daredevil at its peak of popularity. So much so that, when Disney recovered the rights to the character, they quickly integrated him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock had a surprise cameo in Spider-Man: No Way Homebeing the lawyer of Peter Parker himself.
Now we know that Daredevil will have his own series on Disney+: Daredevil: Born Again. At the moment, it does not have a release date, since the production has had to face multiple obstacles. Last May, it was suspended due to the writers’ strike, and the situation got even worse when the actors joined the strike.