Ubisoft cancels unknown shooter, Internet laments

Ubisoft made a generous contribution to the pool of “games you'll never play and which by extension would have undoubtedly been the best thing ever,” with the release of images and video from something called Gorilla Nation, a PS3-exclusive shooter set in a futuristic London involving gunplay, running and giant mechs.

The video, which portrays the game as vaguely reminiscent of Sega's cult speed-shooter The Club – or possibly an on-foot Panzer Dragoon – features perspective shifts between second and third-person play, an intuitive-looking (possibly motion-controlled) control scheme, and graphics as nice as you'd expect from target renders of a PlayStation 3 game. Then again, the plot seems to have been “lone man versus robots in a dystopian brown-on-gray world of etc etc,” so let's not make like this probably would’ve changed the way we live our lives forever.

As to the question of why Ubi would release footage from something nobody's heard of and now will never play? This is 2010: if you don't know why something's on the Internet, blame viral marketing. As soon as anything's greenlit featuring gorillas (or possibly people, who are just gorillas but more so) and/or nations, we'll know this is a canny ad firm somewhere playing us all for suckers. Not that we had anything better to be doing this week.

Aug 6, 2010

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  • erothrax - August 9, 2010 9:13 p.m.

    It was to be an on-rails shooter, so yes it would have been completely linear, no exploration. Everything would have been scripted and pre-rendered depending upon the action taken by the user.
  • SumthingStupid - August 7, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    looks better then any shooter i've ever seen before
  • CandiedJester - August 7, 2010 3:22 p.m.

    Wow, that looks really cool. Awesome graphics, nice crisp looking city. Cool gameplay, well, minus the super game-like highlighting of the enemies and all the other orange highlighting or whatever. (Takes away from emersion, stop doing it game complanies!) And the running which makes it seem totally linear and not something you can just hang back and explore very well. Still would have been excited though.. >: sigh.
  • EroticInvisibleMan - August 7, 2010 11:28 a.m.

    So Ubisoft plans a game that looks good and it gets axed, but we still get far too many Imagine games and constant rehashes of once good titles.
  • WillisTron - August 7, 2010 5:44 a.m.

    Is it just me or was that clip SUPER BADASS?? I'm sad now :'(
  • ThatGuyFromTV - August 7, 2010 4:02 a.m.

    Yeah, this looks like it would have been a Move game for a more hardcore audience. During the first chase you can see an aiming reticle moving across the screen. This probably got cut because nobody really loved Move. Damn shame.
  • ultimatepunchrod - August 7, 2010 3:56 a.m.

    dude, that was awesome. may have been a move on rails sort of thing, but that looked really cool. i kind of really want to play that now
  • RedOutlive10 - August 7, 2010 2:52 a.m.

    Whatever, just don't forget about Beyond Good & Evil 2, UBI.
  • HawtKakez - August 7, 2010 1:40 a.m.

    Is it strange for me to say that this looks so good that it can't be gameplay? Sad to hear the news that it wont see the light of day.
  • apleasantguy - August 7, 2010 12:16 a.m.

    Looked like Children of Men the game. Shame.
  • WhiskeyTango - August 6, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    awesome looking game and I do hope it's just a viral marketing strategy and that it get's released this year or next. I agree with Mattdawarrior though about it looking a little too nice maybe pre-rendered parts if not all but nice nonetheless.
  • bioshocker - August 6, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    damn that game does look awesome, you can bet your ass I'm lamenting
  • Snapp3r - August 6, 2010 10:16 p.m.

    I hate to say it, but it looks rather awesome. Although PS3 exclusive sucks.
  • marioman50 - August 6, 2010 10:13 p.m.

    Doesn't look like just "brown-on-gray" to me.
  • Gameguy94 - August 6, 2010 10:06 p.m.

    That's a shame not many games are set in London. Assholes.....
  • oufour - August 6, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    D: WHY UBISOFT!?! WHY DO YOU HATE ME!?!?!?!?!?!
  • RabidCabbage - August 6, 2010 9:42 p.m.

    I'm now sad that I will never play a game that I'd never heard of until now. Someone needs to set something in a futuristic London like this.
  • nuno004 - August 6, 2010 9:41 p.m.

    WANT,but can't has reCAPTCHA: 116 Dankelman WTF?
  • Teazey - August 6, 2010 9:37 p.m.

    This looks awesome! I would have liked to play this.
  • gamingfreak - August 6, 2010 9:34 p.m.

    Aw, why'd they cancel it? Now I want to play it.

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