Snake Plissken’s Escape – A Game That Never Saw The Light Of Day

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Yes, a video game based on the iconic character from the John Carpenter films Escape from New York (1981) and Escape from L.A. (1996) was made. In fact, the game was announced by Namco Hometek back in 2003 for a 2005 release. Namco had collaborated with creators Carpenter and Debra Hill, and Kurt Russell (Snake Plissken) who would voice his character. Carpenter, Hill, and Russell had all signed off on the game’s storyline.

As you can see from the video above, the game, titled in the video as Snake Plissken’s Escape, was well on its way to completion, but was canned for one reason or another. You can also see from the video that it was going to be a very violent game in which you got to play stealthily or as a reckless psychopath. Given that the video shows a game that’s roughly 10 years old, the graphics are obviously dated, but it still looks like a riotous good time.

As Kotaku is reporting, the game was initially called Snake Plissken Chronicles and was to be the first in a series of games.

In case you’re wondering about that wicked track playing over the video, that’s KMFDM’s “World War III.”

Tons of speculation can be made as to why Snake Plissken’s Escape was flushed, and comparisons to other games can clearly be made, but this is a game that I’d like to see get a fresh coat of paint and released. After all, who doesn’t love Escape from New York, Snake Plissken, Kurt Russell, and John Carpenter? A title like this has fan favorite written all over it. Then again, more often than not, movie-to-video-game adaptations fail miserably.

What’s your take? Would you like to see this game get revamped and released? Let us know in the comments section below.

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