Back in 2002, Blizzard announced that they would be working with Nihilistic Software to create a third-person Starcraft shooter called “Starcraft Ghost”. The game was put on hold in 2004 after Blizzard moved away from Nihilistic Software to work with Swingin’ Ape Studios. After years of silence, the game was then officially announced as cancelled by former Blizzard president Mike Morhaime and Starcraft Ghost was never seen or heard of again.l. Until today that is.
An early playable Xbox build of Starcraft Ghost has leaked online according to Kotaku. This is the first time we have seen the game in so much detail. Twitter user Andrew Borman posted the images which he found in the Xbox forums uploaded by an anonymous user. Later on, 11 minutes of gameplay was then found on YouTube after YouTuber Leers Meneses shared the footage showing off the third mission in the game.
Unfortunately, the video has since been removed but according to Twitter, the footage showed off Starcraft Ghost protagonist Nova running around a 3D planet firing alien weapons such as a Gauss Rifle and even calling down a Hammer of Darn-styled energy beam. The footage was taken off an Xbox 360 console which was found and modded in order to pull the game code.
But it seems the footage that has been found comes from different sources. The original video showed off an unpolished version of the game while Delso Bezerra uploaded gameplay that looks a lot better. The gameplay shows some third-person shooting action, enemies and exploration. According to Kotaku, all the game footage that has been leaked is sourced from a dev kit of the game giving some explanation to why it looks so different across the web.
Starcraft Ghost will most likely never see an official release but this does mean the game’s code is out in the wild so if you wanted to give it a try, you can find it.
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