Ninja Theory Shows off Unreleased Game, Razer
Indie studio Ninja Theory has decided to reveal its cancelled next-gen title, Razer, on the website for its upcoming PS4 title, Hellblade. Razer never got its original pitch approved by its intended publisher. The publisher had a list of features it wanted for a next-gen game, and Razer was made in accordance with all of them. We're guessing Ninja Theory didn't realize Razer is already the name of widely popular PC gaming hardware dealer -- that's like making a game called "Mad Catz."
Ninja Theory appealed to the publisher, who wanted a AAA, big budget title, by comparing two films from 2010, 'Clash of the Titans' and 'Black Swan'. 'Clash of the Titans' had a budget of $125 million, 'Black Swan' used only $13 million. After subtracting the costs of each movie from their revenue, both movies raked in about $300 million in profit. The other big difference is that 'Clash' has a Metacritic average of 28 percent and 'Swan' is at 87 percent. Ninja approached the publisher trying to push a beautiful 'Black Swan'-like idea over a brainless, big-budgeted ball of generic trash. The publisher didn't care, telling them to "go big or go home." Ninja respectfully left.
Nevertheless, the project was never approved and Ninja Theory abandoned the project. They decided to share its promotional works made for the game to help other indie developers, since there aren't many examples of early game design available in the public domain.
Here is a bunch of concept art and some developmental footage of Razer from Ninja Theory, which includes a trailer, prototype gameplay and some rather impressive backgrounds. Based on the picture of the guy holding the sword, someone at Ninja Theory is a big fan of the Ninja from Metal Gear Solid.