The Trader: the best game we never made - Housemarque

The Trader: the best game we never made

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In 2003 Housemarque was working on a PS2 title called The Trader, a third person action game set in a steam punk open world. Sounds amazing? It was. But for various reasons we never managed to complete the project. To kick off their new column “Lost”, EDGE published a small post-mortem about The Trader, which includes a video from an alpha version of the game.

The piece starts like this:

Speak to enough game developers and it becomes ever clearer how much hard work goes unreleased; for every finished game that reaches the physical or digital storefront, there are so many more abandoned, either destined to fade from memory on some half-forgotten hard drive, or turned into something else entirely. In a new series of features, Lost, we intend to unearth the games that never made it. Here, we begin with a tale from Resogun and Super Stardust studio Housemarque as CEO Ilari Kuittinen explains lost PS2 game The Trader, and what the studio learned from the experience.

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Also, we have published some exclusive sketches from the pre-production of the game on our forum, click on the image below to see the rest!




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