Liam Robertson, a researcher and historian of video games who is part of Unseen64, posted a video where he has shared information about 2 canceled titles based on Watchmen, the popular graphic novel by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and John Higgins.
Robertson noted that BottleRocket, studio which includes some of the creators of Mark of Kri, wanted to bring Watchmen to the world of video games, so they worked on 2 ideas to introduce themselves to Warner Bros. This happened after they discovered that the Distributor was interested in making a game based on Zack Snyder’s tape that had just entered pre-production.
The first project they developed was an open-world action game starring Rorschach. The idea stayed at a very early stage of development, so BottleRocket never made a prototype; however, members of the studio stressed that they intended to include questioning scenes and puzzles.
The other game of Watchmen was a prequel of the tape of Snyder in which the players would be able to have control on characters like Rorschach, Nite Owl and the Comedian. The concept was to create a game where they followed the protagonists of the comic in some historical events like the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Although the projects of BottleRocket never saw the light of day, Watchmen itself came into the world of video games in 2009. The tape of Snyder was adapted by Deadline Games in an action game for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 called Watchmen: The End is Nigh.
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To know more about these canceled projects, check out Robertson’s video below: