Cross Blaim game got completely changed during its development.

Door MP83

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05-07-2020, 15:09

Here's an ad of the version that actually got released:

Here's three ads of the version that apparently didn't get released:

Anyone knows what happened to the original game idea? It's completely different from the finished product. I wonder if there's a prototype of it somewhere...

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Van Sandy Brand

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05-07-2020, 19:16

Hmm, well I can't read any of the Japanese. Is it actually saying something specific about the game, or is it the usual ''fluff'? Smile

It is not uncommon for video-games to go through many iterations and transformations during their development. Especially back then, when the investments were a lot lower and games + teams were much smaller, it was probably a lot easier to pivot and make drastic changes.

Also, it wouldn't be the first time that a publisher or someone from marketing just screwed up and used the wrong footage. Wink

Van JohnHassink

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05-07-2020, 23:45

Sandy Brand wrote:

Hmm, well I can't read any of the Japanese. Is it actually saying something specific about the game, or is it the usual ''fluff'? Smile

"Real Fight RPG", so, yeah... Big smile

Van MP83

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18-09-2021, 07:17

Late update:

Here's the ads for the originally intended Cross Blaim from 4/1986, 5/1986 and 6/1986 issues of I/O Magazine:
https://archive.org/details/Io19864/page/n108/mode/1up
https://archive.org/details/Io19865/page/n85/mode/1up
https://archive.org/details/Io19866/page/n81/mode/1up

Here's the ads for the actually released game from 12/1986, 1/1987 and 2/1987 issues of I/O Magazine:
https://archive.org/details/IO198612/page/n104/mode/1up
https://archive.org/details/Io19871/page/n106/mode/1up
https://archive.org/details/Io19872/page/n92/mode/1up

As for the why the game got changed, there's an interview with the composer Yasuhito Saito in one of the The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers books, where he tells that the main designer of Cross Blaim left the company suddenly.