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What happened to the Hired Guns?

About four years ago there was a game in development that I highly anticipated but that never actually got released. The now disbanded software company Psygnosis was about to develop a new 3D version of their 16bit classic Hired Guns.

I remember playing Hired Guns back on Amiga and while the Gameplay wasn’t anything particularly new, the game had a nice and dark futuristic atmosphere with it.

The idea of the sequel was to only take four of the characters of the old version into the game that can be played together as a team and the Gameplay running on the unreal engine should have an impact on strategic team play, not just wild shooting.

I’ve lost Psygnosis’ path then and didn’t knew what happened to stop the developing on this game. Might be that they had to give up when they dissolved.

What makes me wondering is that this nice gaming idea wasn’t sold and continued by someone else!

There’s still a preview existing on ign.com but no information about why the game got discontinued.

If you know more, please feel free to drop a comment on that.

  1. Dangerous D
    May 14th, 2006 at 01:12 | #1

    If you check the IGN pages again, there is an article dated after the Hired Guns preview saying that Psygnosis had closed it’s american arm and that development of Hired Guns had been “suspended” – usually meaning that it’s cancelled.

  2. May 14th, 2006 at 01:13 | #2

    I have found the following web page, that says that VR1 are now continuing the development of the game.


  3. Mark
    November 24th, 2007 at 07:36 | #3

    Well Vr1:s seem to be gone and hired guns lost forever. However, since the game was almost complete you can check out a beta version of the game. Kind of leaked by Mike from fromwithin who has worked on the game.
    Search info about the game starting here
    or just google:

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