Cipher Complex canned?

Source: Data-mining blog Superannuation, relating the LinkedIn profile of a former Edge of Reality producer. What we heard: Edge of Reality's Cipher Complex charts the travails of one John Cipher, a secret US government operative who is tasked with investigating a downed recon satellite. It could...

Source: Data-mining blog Superannuation, relating the LinkedIn profile of a former Edge of Reality producer.

What we heard: Edge of Reality's Cipher Complex charts the travails of one John Cipher, a secret US government operative who is tasked with investigating a downed recon satellite. It could be considered apropos, then, that so little information regarding the modern-day first-person shooter has been doled out since the game was announced in June 2006. To date, Sega has only released a handful of screenshots and some concept art for the game.

Now, the reason for Cipher Complex's radio silence appears to have surfaced. As spotted by the increasingly prolific Superannuation, the LinkedIn profile of a former Edge of Reality producer indicates that Sega pulled the plug on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game earlier this year. "Producer for Cipher Complex that was canceled by Sega," reads the job description of Rob Brown, who served on the project from July 2008 to January 2009.

Oddly, if Cipher Complex has been canceled, Sega and Edge of Reality have made no outward signs of saying so. The game's Web site remains wholly intact, if devoid of content, and the developer's Web site continues to promote the project. Still, Sega has been less than forthright with other canceled projects this year. Notably, the publisher didn't confirm the cancellation of Obsidian Entertainment's Aliens role-playing game until June, four months after the information initially surfaced.

The official story: Neither Sega nor Edge of Reality had responded to requests for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: Barring some kind of vendetta, it seems unlikely that Brown would fabricate Cipher Complex's demise, so this one's looking not bogus. Officially, though, the game remains on Sega's books.

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33 comments
Cortana101
Cortana101

Games disappear because they just don't have the funding and money that activision, bungie, EA and all the other big game developers have. Too bad but it is the way of life.

progamemania
progamemania

what is up with that, games with really good potential disappear and we hear nothing about them in a long time.

Jackc8
Jackc8

This looked like an interesting game, so I guess it's no surprise that Sega would cancel it. No surprise they've made no announcement either - this is that same company that let the release date for Alpha Protocol come and go, without saying a word until two weeks later. And then they told us some lie about giving it extra development time when they weren't even working on it any more.

glassjaw7
glassjaw7

I was hoping this game would deliver what Splinter Cell Conviction was lacking. That is, stealth!!! (Although it was entertaining and had a great story, but Chaos Theory was miles better) Hopefully it'll still be released.

Cipher_8
Cipher_8

I was looking forward to this game, hell I even chose my username and xbox gamertag after the damn thing sort of... Looks like Splinter Cell Conviction stole it's thunder with the faster paced action orientated stealth action game direction it has taken. Oh well. Sam Fisher it is I guess.

razkaz
razkaz

I've been looking forward to this game since 2006, but this rumor kind of loses credibility by calling it a "first person shooter", lol.

Hoodstock
Hoodstock

If this game is as good as The Conduit they should cancel it.

bluenosepunk
bluenosepunk

I'm thinking that Sega might have seen how good Call of duty looks and said we can't put this out like this.I'm bummed!

tryagainlater
tryagainlater

I thought this game would have been quite good.

Cetanu07
Cetanu07

i remember reading about this game long ago and i was kinda looking forward to it.

LightR
LightR

Sega dumping everything.

mysticw
mysticw

I sincerely hope it hasn't been cancelled. I was looking forward to this game and wanted to see more of it. Interesting take on a premise.

Niner0
Niner0

Never heard of it...

colejd
colejd

I might have been fun

chicken32
chicken32

Wow i was trying to find the name of this game for the longest time! it looked like it had great potential.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Well the game looked ok, but it would need alot of work to be good

juanchito7
juanchito7

Time to go back to the wii hmm wheres my duster?

NuKkU
NuKkU

ummmmmmmmmmmm ive actually never heard of this game lol

shii666
shii666

Oops. Thinking Shadow Complex was this game, I made a false comment about Shadow Complex in a recent article involving the game...

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

I recognized the name, but it took awhile before I really remembered what this game was. It's been so damn long since I've heard any mention of the game's existence.

Strategygamer22
Strategygamer22

Has anyone else notice that the official story part of these pages always says that the person/company has not responded to comments?

SnakeEyesX80
SnakeEyesX80

This same thing happened with Dark Sector. It dropped off the radar for awhile, then popped up redesigned. I think that will be the case with Cipher Complex. I don't remember it being a FPS though. I thought it was always a TPS. And wasn't this supposed to release back on the old XBOX?

sun_rider95
sun_rider95

sc c is far more better than this one

SPYDER0416
SPYDER0416

I hope it still comes out, I last heard about it in an old PSM magazine from 3 years ago. It was supposed to take the whole slow part of stealth out of stealth, and make a quick action game or something.

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

Last i had read about this game was in an issue of EGM a long time ago. after that...Nothing!!! Oh well!!! guess it no longer matter with Splinter cell conviction getting all the attention. I still would've liked to have played cipher complex though. the more Stealth games the better.

robfield
robfield

The copyright on the website still says 2006. I doubt they put much work into the project since then. Considering the fact that Splinter Cell is coming back, they probably won't want to waste anymore money developing this.

ChidoriBoyU
ChidoriBoyU

hope it's not true i wanted to try this game

Unheard-Volume
Unheard-Volume

Well seeing that Sega didn't give us much to get excited over in the first place makes this not such a big deal.

Magrino
Magrino

Source: Data-mining blog Superannuation, relating the LinkedIn profile of a former Edge of Reality producer.

What we heard: Edge of Reality's Cipher Complex charts the travails of one John Cipher, a secret US government operative who is tasked with investigating a downed recon satellite. It could be considered apropos, then, that so little information regarding the modern-day first-person shooter has been doled out since the game was announced in June 2006. To date, Sega has only released a handful of screenshots and some concept art for the game.

Now, the reason for Cipher Complex's radio silence appears to have surfaced. As spotted by the increasingly prolific Superannuation, the LinkedIn profile of a former Edge of Reality producer indicates that Sega pulled the plug on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game earlier this year. "Producer for Cipher Complex that was canceled by Sega," reads the job description of Rob Brown, who served on the project from July 2008 to January 2009.

Oddly, if Cipher Complex has been canceled, Sega and Edge of Reality have made no outward signs of saying so. The game's Web site remains wholly intact, if devoid of content, and the developer's Web site continues to promote the project. Still, Sega has been less than forthright with other canceled projects this year. Notably, the publisher didn't confirm the cancellation of Obsidian Entertainment's Aliens role-playing game until June, four months after the information initially surfaced.

The official story: Neither Sega nor Edge of Reality had responded to requests for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: Barring some kind of vendetta, it seems unlikely that Brown would fabricate Cipher Complex's demise, so this one's looking not bogus. Officially, though, the game remains on Sega's books.