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Shadow of Atlantis

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Shadow of Atlantis
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Sega
Planned release date: 1994, 1995, 1997
System(s): Sega Mega-CD, Sega Mega-CD 32X, Sega Saturn
Genre: Adventure
Number of players: 1

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Shadow of Atlantis, also known as Nautilus is an unreleased game based on the novels, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Mysterious Island by Jules Verne.

Shadow of Atlantis is one of the highest profile games on a Sega platform to be scrapped. It was commissioned by Sega of America and was designed and produced by Eric Quakenbush, along with the team which produced the Sega Mega-CD version of Jurassic Park (some also worked on Virtua Hamster, announced around the same period). It was due to be a point-and-click adventure game, utilising pre-rendered 3D backgrounds and full-motion video similar to Myst, and making use of the TruVideo codec.[1] It was a very costly project, but despite demo footage being released (reportedly costing $70,000 USD to produce), was ultimately cancelled.

Shadow of Atlantis began as a Sega Mega-CD game, but delays turned it into a Sega Mega-CD 32X release, and then finally a Sega Saturn game before being cancelled in 1997. The game appeared at Summer CES 1994 and E3 1995 (in which Sega reportedly hosted a large event for the product, complete with celebrity guests). Perhaps most notably, Shadow of Atlantis screenshots were even printed on the box of the Sega 32X system in Europe, being the only game of the set not to ship.

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