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A bunch of old prototypes for PlayStation 2 games have been released online following efforts by gaming fans to archive and protect the history of older titles. The Hidden Palace and Textfiles.com have worked together to archive and release a whole bunch of unseen gaming content from Sony's PS2 era, including unreleased titles and early builds of some absolute classics.
Project Deluge, as it's called on the Hidden Palace website, is a list of game builds that are, at least in part, different to the official release of these titles. Early builds that weren't finalised or unreleased content can be found in this list of 752 items. The archive has saved a lot of these from being lost to time as many of these only existed on old CD-Rs and DVD-Rs that would inevitably deteriorate over the course of years, and be destroyed forever.
The Hidden Palace site says that the current count of this game dump amounts to 752 items and the list is pretty wild. We have games from Batman: Vengeance to Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. There are early builds of Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex to several Crazy Taxi builds.
The Reddit post that drew our attention to the deluge of games highlights some of the most notable games on the list like Spyro, Lego Star Wars, Persona 3, Ratchet and Clank, Shadow of the Colossus and Final Fantasy X2. The Shadow of the Colossus build for example is the version of the game that you would have seen if you attended E3 in 2005, and tried it out there.
Though many of the titles on this list were fully released eventually, there is at least one game that never saw the light of day. An early version of an Aliens game is on the list which never made it onto consoles. The images on the prototype page show that though the game isn't "playable", you can see some of the assets that were put into the game, like its trademark scary Xenomorphs.
If you want to explore the project and all the assets that have made it to the archive so far, you can see the list of items saved on the Hidden Palace website. It's awesome to see the history of so many beloved titles preserved.
Related: check out our top 10 PS2 games.
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