This is Vegas cancelled, $50 million lost... lol

Remember This is Vegas? It's okay if you don't. When the game was announced in 2008, we noted it in our "good luck with that" file and forgot about it. Guess they weren't so lucky - the game is apparently as gone as my rent money was the last time I stood up from a blackjack table. But the few hundred dollars I sulked over doesn't compare to this. The project reportedly cost around $50 million, and according to CVG's "cast iron" source, it's all over. Cue more Vegas jokes.

Above: This is Vegas was a sandbox of sin in which you gambled, danced, and raced your way to the top

"It's a ridiculous waste of money," said the anonymous source, "a silly budget when you think that games like Konami's Saw - which made profit - were built with around $3m and BlackLight Tango Down was made for $2.5m."

Indeed it is. Warner Bros. apparently waited a year after purchasing Midway before shutting down the developer and canning the project. Back in 2009, WB insisted that the game was not cancelled despite rumors, but it looks like they spoke too soon. Warner has yet to comment, so who knows, maybe this source is full of it - it's all rumors right now. But we kind of expected it... just look at this 50 million dollar trailer:

Aug 24, 2010


  • CombatWombat101 - August 25, 2010 7:15 a.m.

    I won't lie; I was somewhat excited - not "purchase" excited, but definitely "rental" excited - about this game for one reason: apparently Jay Pinkerton was involved with at least part of the writing. That man is made of comedy. Made of it.
  • KnightDehumidifier - August 25, 2010 5:17 a.m.

    The plot for this game was nothing short of a "Made-For-Spike-TV" movie. For those who don't recall the Oscar-nominated plot, let me break it down for you: Las Vegas is no longer the sinful land it was once, at least that's the guaranteed promise of one well-minded multi-millionaire. His plan is to turn Sin City into a family destination to be like the Orlando of the west, where the debauchery and vices of the past are replaced with theme parks and PG-rated shows. However, there is a movement from the underground looking to stop it. Enter the now unnamed hero I will name, "Douche McEveryman". Douche, wearing his long-sleeved shirt under a surprisingly un-popped collar shirt, has been given copious amounts of money from various sources (strip clubs, casinos, nightclubs, "businessmen") to make Las Vegas as raunchy as it was in its heyday. So it's up to Douche and his knock-off deodorant spray to cause as much ruckus as possible so it would be impossible for the entrepreneur to make Nevada's tainted gem a family experience. Also to put it into perspective, Killzone 2 was worth $48 million.
  • RedAppolyon - August 25, 2010 4:30 a.m.

    Is this the REAL Ceaser's palace?
  • BoondockSaint54 - August 24, 2010 11:52 p.m.

    I was probably one of the few actually looking forward to it. I knew it was going to get canceled since there has been no news on it in years but I still had a small sliver of hope.
  • xerroz - August 24, 2010 11:33 p.m.

    APB was more of a waste of money than this. they had the chance to fix the problems but they decided to ignore the users and everyone else who told them fix this and that so their game dies in less than 3 about EPIC FAIL
  • Hobojedi - August 24, 2010 11:13 p.m.

    THIS IS VEGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS! Where 50 million is spent on a minute of footage..
  • WickedSid - August 24, 2010 11:08 p.m.

    DP - Eat That Hoe! P.S. THIS IS VEGAS!!!! < overused reference to some obscure movie that you must have watched and/or heard of.
  • WickedSid - August 24, 2010 11:03 p.m.

    That money was gone faster than my watch when I passed out in Vegas. And yes db1331, although I do not share your views on console and PC games, that was indeed brilliant.
  • CatrParrot - August 24, 2010 10:26 p.m.

    Fifty million dollars wasted on (what looks like) a GTA clone? Epic. Fail.
  • Genericpenisjoketista - August 24, 2010 10:21 p.m.

    Did anyone else notice Hunter S. Thompson at :23?
  • AngryScotsman - August 24, 2010 10:17 p.m.

    I remember hearing this game announced a year or two ago, then I never saw or heard anything since. Honestly, I'm surprised it took them this long to cancel it. Captcha: Courting me. My saturday night in two words... sigh.
  • 8bitBaby - August 24, 2010 10:10 p.m.

    gotDAMMIT! FIFTY MILLION?! i can't believe they blew that much money on this crap, and it didn't even see the light of day. i'm actually afraid of how much stuff possibly ends up like this. i'm SO SICK of the games industry shooting themselves in the foot. SO MUCH MONEY! GAWWWWD!
  • ColonelKc - August 24, 2010 10:02 p.m.

    50 mil? More like $50,000 judging by the trailer....
  • ShaneCedt - August 24, 2010 9:57 p.m.

    $50 million dollars...for a subpar Grand Theft Auto: Las Vegas ripoff idea. What could go wrong?
  • c1nd3rcell - August 24, 2010 9:33 p.m.

    @db1331 That was brilliant! I always knew a game like this would have to be down the crapper in about a year. Looks like the strippers were there longer than I expected though.
  • DoucheMcGee - August 24, 2010 9:32 p.m.

    So, it was basically Ballad of Gay Tony without missions with the card games from Red Dead Redemption. Awesome.
  • Wriggly - August 24, 2010 9:30 p.m.

    Oh, and @Zackaro: You can, you just have to have no friends.
  • Wriggly - August 24, 2010 9:21 p.m.

    The idea has potential, but from the trailer it looks like a budget game, due to dated graphics, and shoddy animations. How it would have actually played will be unknown, unless someone else picks it up, which I doubt will happen.
  • Zackaro - August 24, 2010 9:07 p.m.

  • Onepersonwithnoopinion - August 24, 2010 8:59 p.m.

    Actually same here db.

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