Unreleased footage of a Mega Bloks Halo mashup game showed up on YouTube on Saturday, giving us a look at what could have been the first attempt at competing with Tt Games and the LEGO franchise in the game space.
Andrew Borman (PtoPOnline), a YouTuber who finds leaked footage of unreleased games and makes them available to the public, showed off the Xbox 360 version of the game, and it looks like it was actually pretty far into development. Borman reports that the prototype was being made by developer N-Space, which was disbanded in 2013, and only lasted a year before it was scrapped. It was apparently made using the Unreal 3 engine, and from the vertical slice in the video, it would have included features like shooting your favorite weapons and using all of the tools from the original game, as well as building turrets and customizing vehicles. A co-op and siege mode were apparently also going to be included.
Today Bonnie Ross, the founder of 343 Industries, made a statement on the Halo Waypoint forums to clear things up. “Over the past few days, footage has recently made the rounds of an exploratory Xbox 360 project we worked on several years ago, known as ‘Haggar.’ Since then, we’ve received a lot of great feedback from the community. Haggar was something we prototyped with our friends at Mega Bloks that focused on the elements of action, exploration and user creativity found within the Halo universe. Haggar had a lot of fun ideas and invention behind it, but ultimately didn’t progress beyond the early prototyping levels that are shown in the recent video. This is just one example of several similar projects we have evaluated throughout the years – a process that we continue exploring on an ongoing basis.”
While the project will never see the light of day, it’s always cool to see what could have been. For more on Halo and all things action-platformers, keep coming to Hardcore Gamer.