Starcraft Ghost Gameplay Footage Leaks Online
StarCraft: Ghost was announced almost two decades ago, in 2002. The GameCube, Xbox and PS2 action game was eventually cancelled sometime around 2006, following numerous delays. Ghost was set to take place four years after the conclusion of StarCraft: Brood War and follow the story of Nova, a young ghost agent a human espionage operative with psychic abilities.
A playable build of StarCraft: Ghost, Blizzard’s stealth action-shooter for the PS2, GameCube, and Xbox, has apparently leaked 15 years after its cancellation. Most video game fans in 2020 have likely forgotten, or never heard of, Blizzard’s attempt to expand the StarCraft franchise in new directions, yet somehow a copy of the game, said to be for the original Xbox, has been found. Images and videos from the game are being leaked from third-party sources.
The gameplay itself seems pretty bog standard, even by early 2000s standards (to say nothing of the usual Blizzard polish), which may indicate at least one reason the game struggled to reach completion. Meneses says he used a modded Xbox 360 to access the game.
It’s unclear exactly where the videos and screenshots are coming from, but one person with access says that the full game has leaked. The resulting video and screenshots are being shared through surrogates and “various Xbox groups.” There’s some speculation that the game file was loaded onto an old Xbox devkit that found its way into someone’s hands and that they uploaded the files and shared them in circumspect groups.
Despite the game’s cancellation, the backstory for Nova was released in the novel StarCraft Ghost: Nova by Keith R. A. DeCandido. Nova also appeared in campaign missions for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm and Nova Covert Ops.
Who would have thought a month ago that Starcraft Ghost would leak in some form? pic.twitter.com/24wCp4XBsE
— Andrew Borman (@Borman18) February 16, 2020
The game was being developed by the now-defunct Nihilistic Software, alongside Swingin’ Ape Studios, which was eventually bought out by and integrated into Blizzard Entertainment. All that said, it looks like this Xbox build of Starcraft Ghost is now out in the wild proper now, so hardcore fans will almost certainly be able to get their hands on it if they know where to look.