Cut Away

You know how I like to rape other websites for DC related shite? Well, I've been at it again. This time, it's our old friend Unseen64. Unseen is one of my favourite websites because it documents unreleased games across the whole spectrum of consoles, and it's updated quite regularly. Now, we all know about the unreleased stuff like Castlevania and the cancelled DC ports of Colin McRae Rally 2.0 and Max Payne, but Unseen64 has produced info on a title I've never heard of before:

It's called Cut Away, and whilst the only info they have on this mysterious title is an advertisement, its always interesting to learn of hitherto unknown games for our beloved undead console. From the promotional artwork shown, it appears that Cut Away may have been an FMV adventure in the style of D or Torico, but after a quick snoop around on Google I found this article giving more info about how the game may have played:

"As a third person adventure, the gameplay will unsurprisingly be similar to both Capcom's Resident Evil and Pulse's Undercover. While specifics are still being kept under wraps, it's clear that the story will take place in San Francisco. Plenty of CG movies are promised, as is an intriguing story to keep you on your feet. Speaking of which, bombs have been planted across the city by terrorists. As the hero, it's your job to stop them from causing complete and utter chaos, whatever the cost may be!"

Sounds a little too much like a press release to be truly helpful, but then again it's the only real info I could find on this highly enigmatic piece of vapourware. Curiouser and curiouser...


  1. Terrorism, eh? Maybe this got the axe after 9/11, joining Propeller Arena.

  2. Just what I was going to say Barry.

    Though of course there are several reasons why this could have crapped out.

  3. Fair points, but according to Unseen64 and the article I linked to, Cut Away was due in 1999. And 9/11 was in 2001 wasn't it?

  4. Hmmm, yeah, definitly earlier than 9/11. An ign article mentions that "Microsoft is the company behind the title, having formed a small development team called Classified Games to produce it".

    Perhaps with the development of the Xbox, Microsoft chose to hold off on the game so that they could have it on their own console. By the time the Xbox debuted, the Cut Away had disbanded or were absorbed by a larger dev team, leaving the game behind for good.

  5. Ouch. According to their company profile, Classified Games went on to create four compilation cartridges for the GameBoy Color.

  6. Something tells me this barely got past concept stages, and this poster is about as far as they got visually. Oh well.