6. Jumpgate Evolution
Why we’re upset about its cancellation: Whenever we talked to the developers of Jumpgate Evolution, they’d describe their space-based action MMORPG as a mix of Star Wars, Star Trek, and Battlestar Galactica in terms of combat. That, alone, had us excited to near-catastrophic levels, but what made things worse was that we actually played this one. Jumpgate has been on display at a number of E3s and PAXs, and going hands-on proved that the developer was right – the combat was fun as hell, and the environments were absurdly beautiful.
And then it got delayed. And then it got delayed again. And then there was a lawsuit, and then it got delayed, and then the developers said that the game was absolutely, totally not cancelled… and then the company experienced huge layoffs, and now… well, you know the rest. There’s a tiny, tiny chance the game is actually still in development, but we stopped holding our breaths a long time ago – we need to save our energy for when we sob into a Lean Cuisine over how cool it looked, and how we’ll never play it again.
Why we think it was cancelled: Most likely the lawsuit. Or the layoffs… or it just sucked.