Last year saw the closure of Japanese developer Game Republic after a slew of unsuccessful releases, something thought impossible when the studio was opened in 2003 by renowned video game designer, Yoshiki Okamoto. Fondly remembered for recent gems such as Folklore, Dark Mist, and Dragon Ball: Origins, Game Republic wasn’t always consistent in its output; Genji: Days of the Blade and Clash of the Titans may have been acceptable, but the studio’s final release, Knight’s Contract, was an absolute travesty.
As with many closed developers, we tend to receive news of those game in the pipeline that never came to be. In the case of Game Republic, fantasy sci-fi title “Shadow” was canned following the firm’s closure, a trail of artwork having recently been posted on the internet.
Details are incredibly thin, though the images would suggest a modern shooter of sorts, somewhat similar to Tecmo’s Quantum Theory. As for the game’s quality, we may be better off with Shadow done and dusted, but on the other hand it could have been a step on the road to recovery for Game Republic.