Starcraft: Ghost, Blizzard’s canceled third-person shooter set in the StarCraft universe, has resurfaced in the form of a leaked playable build for the Xbox.
Blizzard announced >StarCraft: Ghost> for the Xbox, PlayStation 2, and GameCube at the Tokyo Games Show in 2002, but the project was suspended in 2006. Eight years later in 2014, Blizzard co-founder Mike Morhaime confirmed that the stealth action game was canceled, breaking the hearts of >StarCraft> fans who were hoping that the shooter would see the light of day.>
The leaked playable build for >Starcraft: Ghost>, which would have featured a Terran Ghost named Nova, made the rounds in social media after Andrew Borman, the digital games curator at The Strong in New York, shared screenshot of the game on Twitter.>
>Borman clarified that he was not the source of the leak, but the screenshots apparently came from “;various Xbox groups.”; Twitter account DaysAfterRodeo reportedly confirmed to Kotaku that the playable build of >StarCraft: Ghost> was from an Xbox dev kit that contains the game.>
A YouTube user who goes by the name Leerz Meneses then uploaded a 13-minute video of >StarCraft: Ghost> that was running on a modified Xbox 360. The video apparently showed some basic gameplay that resembled most of the shooters in the early 2000s. Unfortunately, that video has since been removed by the uploader.>
The leaked playable build of >StarCraft: Ghost>, however, may still be viewed through videos by YouTube accounts RetroGamerBB2019 and Delso Bezerra.>
Videos of >StarCraft: Ghost> have been leaked before, but the second video with 720p resolution is arguably the best look ever into what the game could have been if Blizzard continued with the project.>
Blizzard was reportedly working in another StarCraft shooter after the canceled >StarCraft: Ghost>, but history repeated itself, according to a report by Kotaku’s Jason Schreier in June last year. Sources claimed that a first-person >StarCraft> shooter was in development for two years, but Blizzard shut down the project in order to allocate more resources to >Diablo 4> and >Overwatch 2>. The game was codenamed Ares, and prototypes allowed players to take on the role of either Terran marines or as part of the Zerg swarm.>