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'Primal Rage II' from Heartbreak to Resurrection: The Journey After Cancellation


Game cancellations are devastating, both personally and professionally. How do you deal with it, move on, and will anyone ever see your work again? Game designer Chris Tang talks about a rare comeback story. Despite the popularity of the Atari Games franchise, arcade fighting game 'Primal Rage II' was cancelled in 1997, doomed to be forgotten. Or was it? First as a prototype arcade unit and more recently in emulated form, the game was resurrected through twists of fate and heroic fan efforts, allowing the masses to finally enjoy the 20-year old "game that never was". This unique and heartfelt postmortem chronicles the development, challenges, untimely demise, personal consequences, and eventual comeback for what Engadget called "2017's hottest new fighting game".

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