Another canceled Dreamcast game leaked!

Just spotted this over at the Dreamcast Scene forums. A game called Hellgate that was due for release in 2001 but canceled (like so many games that year) has found it's way onto the Internet. I can't really tell you much about it as of yet (let alone how close to completion it was), except it looks like some sort of combat racing game...in HELL. It's by a company called Jester Interactive.

There's a megaupload of the game over at the forum, which is about 290MB. A website called Superior Version has artwork and screens of it. I remember the official Dreamcast magazine previewing this (a scan of which is also at that link). I'm going to be giving this a shot, and I might even get a video of it up at some point if I get the time. With all the unreleased games that have some how snuck out of the woodwork and onto the internet over the years, I hope we'll get a leak of Dee Dee Planet one of these days..

EDIT: First Impressions! Well it's different, a sort of mix between a first person shooter with a huge rocket powered motorbike to fly about with, not a racing game at all. The bike is very twitchy, if you thought Daytona 2001 was hard to steer you've seen nothing. Good thing there's a analog sensitivity option then. You can make the bike jump and you have a whole bunch of weapons to flick through from a standard machine gun to rockets and these ice blade thingys.

I'm not really sure what the objective is yet, I must be in a hub world or something which I keep going around in circles in, killing the odd creatures walking about that spit explosive booger at you, and some rock monsters and rocker launcher machines. It has a story mode, time trial, a deathmatch mode and a gallery for unlocking artwork. It also has a rather interesting FMV opening. The cut scenes in game seem to fluff up a bit though.

EDIT 2: Here's the opening video of the game, uploaded to Youtube by Dreamcast.es.


15 comments:

CantStrafeRight said...

I remember reading on some forum that someone had got a dev machine with a copy of hellgate on it.

Im guessing this means they got it off the dev box

Category said...

I downloaded it, played it a bit - it's a bit buggy - especially the cut-scenes.

It's not very good, but it was unfinished. Nowhere near Propeller Arena/Half Life quality, but still nice to see it arrive...

Now if only someone can get the Ecco The Dolphin 2 unreleased beta onto a playable disc!

Caleb said...

You need a direct link to that specific message in the board.

Caleb said...

http://www.dreamcast-scene.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=3506

Tomleecee said...

Very interesting find there. I wonder how many more unfinished games there are hidden away on dusty hard drives and unmarked GDs in forgotten storerooms...

Imagine finding playable versions of Picassio and Arcatera! I'm frothing at the prospect.

Meanwhile, back in reality, I'd be interested to see a video of this game being played...

Meringues said...

Heres how it all began from an ebay auction:
http://www.assemblergames.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21605

Heres a video of it in motion:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsG2YXWnepo

I love stuff like this, K Project has to be one of my favorite leaks as I'm pretty much obsessed with Rez :D

I used to be in contact with the guy who was responsible for the leaked screenshots of Take The Bullet but that was on a GD so different story.

Barry said...

Awesome find! Sort of looks like Wipeout racing meets satan. Yet another reason why I need to start burning unreleased games. I just need to figure out the best steps for mac users.

Anonymous said...

Thats so lucky, like how they found the lost "Metropolis" footage in a South American museum last July.
That first screenshot on the post looks pretty freaky, too bad its kinda poopy to play.

The GagaMan(n) said...

Thanks for the info Meringues!

Anonymous coward said...

Talking of leaked games, does anyone know where I can download propeller arena (pal)?

Barry said...

Watched a video, controls do look awful but I'm sure they would have been tweaked before release. Is "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas" available to play? Not that I'm asking, a friend of mine wanted to know.
Yeah... a friend...

Meringues said...

Yeah the flintstones is available to play, I got a white label on ebay a couple of years ago, its is one of the most common unreleased games but I believe someone has ripped it so I guess you could get it from one of those usual routs... say no more ;p

NebachadnezzaR said...

AWESOME!!! O_O

Even if the game's shit, is always great to see another unreleased title make it's way onto the web.

Damn, I don't have any cd's lying around... :(

The GagaMan(n) said...

Some gameplay videos coming tonight!

Paul M. said...

Everyone probably already knows this but theres a development diary of the production of this game along with articles and artwork and things on the devs website here:

http://www.hornydog.co.uk/v1/diary01.htm

Just Copy and Paste the link into your browser. I love documentation like this now if I could only make up some cover art for the disk.