Obsidian worked on Snow White prequel

Fallout: New Vegas developer spent a year making "Dwarves" for Xbox 360 and PS3 before change of direction at Disney led to its cancellation.

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Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment spent a year developing a Snow White prequel before Disney canceled it outright. Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart explained to Kotaku in a new feature that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game was to be a third-person action title focusing on Snow White's seven pals.

Tentatively titled "Dwarves," the game was conceived as a new chapter in the familiar story and development began in 2005. Its final scene was even planned, as Urquhart said the endgame would have players banishing the unnamed antagonist into Snow White's mystical mirror.

"It was a lot of fun," Urquhart said. "We feel we turned in a really cool prototype. We worked on it for about a year. It's one of the games here that the team just loved working on. And unfortunately--which, it happens in this industry--you have changes of focus at a publisher."

A CEO change at Disney led to a "total shift in direction," with the House of Mouse considering the Snow White fiction to be "untouchable." Thus, the project was cancelled, Urquhart said.

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AtomicCowboy
AtomicCowboy

It's funny how Disney's animation regained popularity after they started adding boobs to their female characters...starting with Ariel in The Little Mermaid.

ag_04
ag_04

Disney games used to be succesful in the good ol'days (Aladdin for genesis anyone?).

 

I always wondered what happened in the last decade. Only Kingdom Hearts truly shined.

QtrArt
QtrArt

if is Gonna Action Game i will Buy it,Sure :D

jakerscythe
jakerscythe

So this was news.... 6 years ago? Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I know it's the nature of the business, but I would be pretty upset if I was working on something for a year and then it gets scrapped. Doesn't matter if they paid me or not. Also doesn' matter if it was a Snow White game. Wouldn't you?

CRAPCOM1926
CRAPCOM1926

Good think it was cancel, who the fuck would play SNOW WHITE game anyway?

 

Now a CG movie, now thats different.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Damn, that would've been interesting to play. Curse you, Disney!

ACMC85
ACMC85

The Snow White story itself is public domain. Heck so should Disney's Snow White if they hadn't petitioned to change the laws themselves. They made money off public domain and right so, but won't allow the same once their time has come.

foxrock66
foxrock66

This isnt news. I read about this years ago

rasputin177
rasputin177

What an odd idea for a game......... bring it back!

sonicare
sonicare

Disney probably balked when they heard that the dwarves would be carrying assault rifles, rocket launchers, and chainsaw bayonets.

Evilnator
Evilnator

As someone who loves Obsidian Entertainment I can see this being interesting in a wierd way. Quite amazed this could have actually been something great. If Obsidian is doing something like this silently, then there may still be hope for The Black Hound.

CUDGEdave
CUDGEdave

Snow white in that picture has just seen dopey have a poo on her newly cleaned floor.

prismtech
prismtech

the princess is force sensitive!

CapmJim
CapmJim

Sounds like ti could have been interesting. I think the real fault of it being cancelled is it being a Disney game from the sound of it. Snow White is an old fairy tale, so if it had nothing to do with the Disney version and was its own take on the tale, Disney shouldn't have been able to cancel it.

dogbert88
dogbert88

wel, i hope they got compensated for their troubles at least, since i am a fan of Fallout

Salanderr
Salanderr

It would be such a disappointment to work on something for a year and then have it cancelled. I bet it would have been awesome too. 

toyo75
toyo75

It would be more interesting if it were the Brothers Grimm version.

VampireLord123
VampireLord123

Lol from the Snow White picture looks like she saw something big, if you know what i mean.

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

Oh Gamespot, why do post things that didn't happen as news?

dylan417
dylan417

From Snow White to Fallout. Makes sense.

WayneL23
WayneL23

o_O So there is more before "Once upon a time......."?!?!?!?

CaesarIIII
CaesarIIII

You can almost see how that final meeting went ...

 

Disney : We want the game to be kid orientated and for the full family.

 

Obsidian : kid what ?... what is a family ? Crap!! guys run as fast as you can !!

SickWickinson
SickWickinson

Once again Obsidian gets screwed by the people they work with. Will these guys ever catch a break?

CaesarIIII
CaesarIIII

where the hell you find this news Eddie ? :/ 

You most be very bore. :P

dbene
dbene

 @CrazyFool319 

The way i read it they were making the game FOR disney and a new CEO took over and cancelled the project. One would assume all the character designed and story tweaks were based on the Disney version. So...yes...they could redesign a whole game using non disney versions of the character in turn ....hurting the sales, recognition of the product, and relationship with a major corporation. Hardly worth it to make a video game that probably that many people would not be interested in

X_Colbert_X
X_Colbert_X

It's a shame Obsidian is kicked around by publishers so often. If it's not a project cancellation, it's a rushed release date. Obsidian has arguably one of the strongest writing teams out there and conceptually their games work well. It's simply a matter of publishers not giving enough time or resources to allow their games to flourish the way they should.

 

With the amount of time THQ has given Obsidian to work on Stick of Truth, it'll be interesting to see what the developer can do when they actually have the time to fully realize a project.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Obsidian is really using their talent to the fullest, and finally I'm getting my Snow White Prequel.

Mayleene
Mayleene

Talk about casual gamers.......Seriously?  PREQUEL to Snow White?  LOL

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

 @ag_04 Aladdin and Castle of Illusion are two of my favourite games still.... and to this day, I haven't found a more pleasing sound effect than the "knock" noise Mickey's head made on Castle of Illusion when you jumped high enough to hit your head on the ceiling.... love that noise.

Morokoo
Morokoo

 @soulless4now 

Well, hey it isn't Disney if it isn't filled with tweens who can't sing.

Dnaisinmybody
Dnaisinmybody

 @CUDGEdave I think that's why they cancelled the game. Snow white was probably presented the way we all want her to be shown. Having freaky sex with the 7 dwarves and having them take dumps on her. 

blakeney
blakeney

 @CapmJim They might have commissioned it...meaning the work that was done up till that point is still owned by them.

 

Syvarth
Syvarth

 @Suikogaiden Cut him some slack! He probably....changed the words around....... or something?

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

I always wanted a SEQUAL to  Snow White where 7 Dwarfs make a militry task force to destroy the witch marfia, dragon leigon, and the princesses of doom. That would be awesome! It would have guns, explosions, different ending with differet colors, car chases, sex! But most importantly, SEX!

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

No. He get a cookie and a kiss on the forhead each time he give out an article.....