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Footage of THQ/Black Pearl's Scrapped Akira Game Resurfaces

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

In 1993, Larry Siegel of Black Pearl Software and later THQ managed to acquire the rights to create a a multi-platform video game based on Katsuhiro Ōtomo's Akira manga and anime film. Jim Gregory worked on the Super Nintendo version and a Game Gear and Sega Genesis version were also in development at the time. The Genesis version was shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in 1994, and issues of gaming magazines Game Zone, Player One, and Console Plus all featured the upcoming title at one point.

According to Gregory, the video game was scrapped due to general project neglect. Issues with the project manager and staff leaving the project ultimately sealed the fate of a 16-bit Akira game.

Footage of the Sega Genesis version from the Consumer Electronics Show in 1994 recently resurfaced on YouTube. The footage shows the game's opening sequence and some of the game play where players would control Kaneda on his motorcycle.

The footage is spliced from a longer segment by PlayStation Nation. The Akira segment begins at 44:33.

Sources: John Szczepaniak at Hardcore Gaming 101, Monokoma at Unseen64, Jayson Lamp at Sega Nerds

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