The title is self-explanatory. What games were there that got announced and you were immensely looking forward to, but never saw the light of day, getting cancelled at one point or another?
I´ll start it off with a couple of my regulars:
Whore of the Orient - The spiritual successor to one of my all-time favourite games, L.A. Noire, meant to be set in 1930s Shanghai. Sadly died alongside Team Bondi, and it´s an utter shame. The setting is immensely interesting, unique and full of untapped potential, especially for the kind of detective game that L.A. Noire is (and which we haven´t seen since). It´d be great if Rockstar (or someone) picked it up, but it´s probably unlikely to happen…
Agent - Rockstar´s “infamous” Cold War spy game that never made it past the announcement and a few concept arts, yet still has an official website and is listed on Rockstar´s site. Which kinda makes me hope that maaaybe it´s not entirely cancelled and they´ll revisit the project and even make it one day… (at which point it at least wouldn´t be a PS3 exclusive as originally planned) Cold War games are a rarity, especially proper espionage ones (wink wink Project 007), and for someone like me who loves this kind of setting, it hurts…
East vs. West - A Hearts of Iron Game - I enjoy Paradox´s grand strategies, and would absolutely love one set in the Cold War period (duh). This third party-made (and Paradox-produced) HoI3 “conversion” has so far been the only full-fledged attempt at one, but sadly got cancelled during development (somewhat functioning builds are available, but they are incomplete in way too many ways and don´t provide the proper experience one would want). Retrospectively, I´m kinda glad it didn´t happen, since I don´t think HoI3 is an ideal platform to set a CW game on (too warfare-centric). Paradox have since deepend and played around with their games a lot more, so I´m hoping they will eventually do a proper, worthy CW one.
Aliens: Crucible - One of the many sad stories related to Obsidian-made RPGs (alongside the persisting lack of an Alpha Protocol sequel, them not working on another Fallout, and stuff related to the KotOR series, which I haven´t played yet). While we eventually got a fantastic Alien game in the form of Isolation, Crucible seemed to have quite a few interesting mechanics and it´s a shame it never got made.
Silent Hills - Do I really need to write anything about this one?
Up until three years ago, this list would´ve also included STALKER 2, but that has since been resurrected and will hopefully come out later this year or the next one.
Honorable mention goes to Prey 2 I guess. I haven´t played the 2006 original yet (planning to), so I didn´t even know about this planned sequel until I was reading about Arkane´s 2017 “reboot”, and while I´m not big on sci-fi games, the open-worldish bounty hunter concept looked cool (and yeah, the trailer was slick).