Project Deluge, a team that collects prototypes of video games for archival purposes, shares nearly 500 projects for the Dreamcast and the original Xbox.
As modern games continue to implement restrictive online requirements and DRM, an urgent effort is growing within the video game community to preserve and archive classic game versions. Deluge Project is one such effort, an effort to collect video game development material of all kinds managed by The Hidden Palace organization. Project Deluge is back with a new wave of hundreds of prototype games, this time from the original Xbox and Sega Dreamcast.
Released on Saturday, the most recent update to Project Deluge includes 349 Xbox prototypes and 135 Sega Dreamcast prototypes. By “prototype”, these files can be entirely unreleased games, early releases of games, ports, tech demos, unfinished locations, and similar projects. Each individual prototype has been individually reviewed by the Project Deluge team for playability, to ensure its value as part of the overall collection. Recognizing this, all 484 prototypes are now available online.
The list of games included in the new wave of Project Deluge releases is exciting. On Sega Dreamcast, the list begins with a version of 4 wheel thunder, just four months before its release, it was named All-terrain thunder. Beyond that, there are prototypes of Fighter of the depths it’s almost over, as well as Bad bleeding, and Radio Jet Grind is described as having “decent debugging features”. The list continues with Loan 2 Rumble Boxing Round 2, Rush to San Francisco 2049, Shadow Man, Test driving cycles, Vigilante 8: Second offense, WWF attitude, and even Tony Hawk’s professional skater.
The included Xbox prototypes are even more diverse and exciting. Project Deluge lists a new Xbox port of American Idol, Hello to the chimpanzee, He-Man: Defender of Grayskull, and Pac-Man World Rally first. There is also an unpublished and canceled localization of Dinosaur Hunt: Ushinawareta Daichi. Other unreleased games include Red star, US Open 2003, and The Vatz. Other prototypes which include the first prototype of Psychonauts still discovered, Rogue operations, and Zoom of the room: impact race.
Hopefully, the list of games that Project Deluge calls attention to clarifies the intent of the effort. This is a project dedicated to archiving. He looks for oddities and rarities, like prototypes that never saw the light of day but are important to the history of game development. Project Deluge notes that the developers have been shy about the release of games for the first time. Xbox for fear that it might not succeed, so there is a treasure trove of never-before-seen prototypes that could have been lost in time.
This drop is only the last Deluge Projectthe plans of. He has no intention of slowing down or stopping, so fans can expect another collection of prototype games for the archives in the “next two months.”
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