Throw Up the Horns, Pour One Out, and Take a Glimpse at the Cancelled Metallica Game

on October 16, 2016 11:09 PM

13 years ago, a Twisted Metal-esque vehicular combat game was being made that featured imagery and designs based on the Metallica brand. Developer Climax was working on the title with Vivendi Universal Games looking to publish it on PS2, Xbox and PC in 2005. Although concept art hit the internet a few years back no gameplay was ever seen until today.

Gaming preservation organization PtoPonline somehow finagled a working beta of the very first stage of the game for the PS2 and recorded their trek. The player controls a post-apocalyptic driver that can jump in and out of slapdash cars mounted with various weapons.

The fairly large level features a omnipresent desert, an abandoned city, a dusty racetrack, and unfinished NPCs walking and driving around aimlessly. For an early build the game looks quite detailed and even features remnants of a customization system for the cars.

While reasons for the game’s cancellation were never made public, the folk from PtoPonline did some digging to find out that licensing issues and hostility from Vivendi Universal mot likely caused the the title to fade to black. The only thing we can do now is watch and imagine what it would’ve been like to kill ’em all with vehicular flair.

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Leif Conti-Groome is a staff writer at DualShockers who mainly focuses on indie games and crowdfunding campaigns. He was a contributor to the niche game podcast Total Control and he frequently lends his services to the Torontonian enthusiast group, The Hand Eye Society.