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Tyrannosaurus_Tex

Tyrannosaurus Tex

Tyrannosaurus Tex is an unreleased first-person shooter planned to be released by Slitherine Strategies for the Game Boy Color.

Why it was Cancelled

  1. Problems with publishing: Eidos Interactive, the company which was initially going to publish the game, quit the Game Boy Color market, leaving Slitherine without a publisher.
  2. Nintendo's high royalty rates for purchasing cartridges and the low margins resulting out of it.
  3. The lead programmer, Ben John, suddenly fled the country, stealing the hard drive with the source code along with him. The only backup the team had was written in assembler and unreadable. A few theories on why this happened has come up. Either he had no intention of finishing the game, or he had a nervous breakdown and abandoned the project. It's also theorized that he seemingly had a relationship with a minor and fled the country with possible evidence. To this day, there's still a warrant out for his arrest. Reportedly, Mike John, T-Tex‘s project manager, pulled a similar stunt as his son by disappearing to Thailand.

Result

Despite the game nearly being complete and Slitherine continuing to seek a publisher for the game, they chose to pull it out of all future Game Boy development at the end of April 2001. The game was never released, although Slitherine still exists, developing and publishing strategy titles for the PC and other major platforms.

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