Unknown Tantalus Shooter Revealed

This is the latest in our series of unreleased games reveals, and to be honest we're not really sure what to call it. The game - if you can call it such - is contained on a GD with the word 'Tantalus' scribbled across it with permanent marker. That's it. No name, no version, no date. For those who don't know, Tanatalus is a developer that did several ports for the Saturn including Manx TT Superbike, Krazy Ivan and both WipEout and WipEout 2097. They also supported the Dreamcast, with the most notable game being Looney Tunes Space Race, the cell-shaded kart racer.
According to Wikipedia, Tantalus are also working on The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for the Wii U, which is cool. However, this post is about a game lost to the mists of time. A four player split screen demo with no name but a hell of a lot of Nazi imagery and more questions than answers. Is it the multiplayer component for a lost Dreamcast version of Return To Castle Wolfenstein? This sounds likely, but the video below will hopefully jog some memories...


Update: the CEO of Tantalus has revealed the story behind this demo!
Nice work guys! As far as we remember, this is a tech demo we produced, and presumably sent around to a few publishers. As much as anything, it was probably to showcase the fact that our Dreamcast tech supported four-player split-screen multiplayer. It never became an actual game.

Fantastic to see it though, we love a blast from the past.

Cheers,
Tom Crago
CEO - Tantalus
The mystery is solved...thanks Tom! 

9 comments:

James Burt said...

I would say that this is Return to castle Wolfentein Dreamcast multiplayer that was supposed to come to Dreamcast in 2002ish, it was mentioned in 1 Australian magazine about the studio a while ago, I dunno if I'll be able to find that mag though but I'll have a look through MY DC stuff.

Vasiliy R. said...

We can try to ask them, i guess it is this studio http://www.tantalus.com.au/contact.html

Alex Young said...

Do all 4 players work? Is it actually playable as such?

DCGX said...

Pretty cool. With the title I assumed 'shooter' meant another 'shoot-em-up' so this was a nice surprise. Too bad. So many potential good games that never made to Dreamcast.

Tom Charnock said...

Hey Alex - I didn't get the chance to try it with multiple controllers - we only had one! If I'd planned my visit better I'd have taken more stuff with me.

Thanks to everyone else too for commenting. Vasiliy - already thought of that, but had no reply so far. James - do you happen to have that magazine to hand? Keep looking! :)

Scope Lens Kingdra said...

Are you going to upload the disc ROM?

Florian Wallin said...

Seems like it could have been nice :) keep digging Tom , love to visit your site as a dreamcastfanatic

Tom Crago said...

Nice work guys! As far as we remember, this is a tech demo we produced, and presumably sent around to a few publishers. As much as anything, it was probably to showcase the fact that our Dreamcast tech supported four-player split-screen multiplayer. It never became an actual game.

Fantastic to see it though, we love a blast from the past.

Cheers,
Tom Crago
CEO - Tantalus

Tom Charnock said...

Hi Tom, thanks so much for commenting on the post! It was a real mystery what this game was but now you've cleared it up! Still, it's very cool to still be digging up all this never-before-seen DC stuff!