Exclusive: Konami scraps Xbox hell-raiser
22nd May 2003 | 12:14
Despite "reaffirming its commitment to Xbox with the announcement of Apocalyptica" via a press release last month, Konami Europe has now canned the console version, we can exclusively reveal.
Apocalyptica, an action title set in Nu-Hell, was to be Konami Europe's first Xbox Live-enabled title, enabling "up to eight combatants to battle it out in a series of 'Death Match' scenarios, using Microsoft technology to also taunt their adversaries in the heat of battle." But work on the project, also heading to PC, has been mysteriously discontinued.
An Xbox version of the brilliant Dancing Stage is now set to be the company's first Xbox Live venture on the continent later this year.
We contacted Konami Europe and a spokesperson confirmed to us that the Xbox version had indeed been canned, but refused to comment on the matter further. "But the PC version will release as planned," we were assured.
We also contacted UK-based developer Extreme FX, but a spokesperson would only say: "Konami handles the PR for the title, so we can only refer you there."
Although our journalistic dynamite has temporarily failed to break down this wall of silence, the fact remains that Konami's promising Satan-bashing third-person action thriller will no longer appear on console. The PC version is out in the Autumn.