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Indiana Jones and the Iron Phoenix (cancelled Fate of Atlantis sequel) revealed

Radogol

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Not sure how I missed this. It's from about a week ago but I've searched here and found nothing.

It's common knowledge that Lucasarts worked on a Fate of Atlantis sequel back in 93/94. We finally got new info though, and lots of it.



Aric Wilmunder, one of Lucasarts' most prolific designers, has published design documents from the game. Here they are:

Design Document
Storyboards, Part One
Storyboards, Part Two
Storyboards, Part Three
Character Sheet



There's also a new retrospective from Mixnmojo with Wilmunder's participation. Catch it at this link.



Thought some old-timers over here might care :)
 

SMG

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I loved Fate of Atlantis. How can we get Iron Phoenix made???
A few talented fans. Old school Point and Click fans have proven time and again they can could pretty close to the quality of the golden age greats
 

Radogol

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So why did this get junked?
That's explained in the retrospective I've linked to in the first post. In short: a) part of the game was outsourced to an incompetent company, b) project lead was moved to The Dig, c) there were some story issues that would make it impossible to sell the game in Germany without major changes.
 

eso76

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Just skimmed through part of the storyboard, sounds interesting.
Would have loved this back then. Still would.

But yep, as others have said, while those sprites are fantastic, I don't think the artstyle fits the series. Coming from FOA this would have looked like it was targeted to a younger audience I think.
 

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There was a sequel to Fate of Atlantis?! And now we can't even get a kickstarter due to licensing?! This makes me incredibly unhappy as a P&C gamer from the good old days :(
 

Morfeo

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Sucks this was cancelled, Fate of Atlantis was amazing, and Im sure this would have been great too.
 

Flipyap

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Those sprites are fantastic.
Fate of Atlantis might be the best-designed adventure game and now you're telling me that it could have gotten a sequel with a Full Throttlesque art style?! We truly live in the darkest timeline.
 

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Damn, would have loved this.

The world can make up for this by delivering Fate of Atlantis Remastered.
 

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This hurts man. Fate of Atlantis is special, been wanting that Indy's RETURN for ages.

Still butthurt that there isn't a sound blaster full version of the soundtrack anywhere.
 

FlyinJ

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Pretty sure this was the first cancellation as Lucasarts transitioned from one of the top-tier game publishers to shit-tier.
 

Radogol

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Pretty sure this was the first cancellation as Lucasarts transitioned from one of the top-tier game publishers to shit-tier.
Well, Loom 2 was cancelled before this was, or at the very least it didn't progress beyond the design document. And Lucasarts still published Full Throttle and Curse of Monkey Island among other classic titles afterwards.
 

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Those sprites are fantastic.
Fate of Atlantis might be the best-designed adventure game and now you're telling me that it could have gotten a sequel with a Full Throttlesque art style?! We truly live in the darkest timeline.
But at least we got The Dig......

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I wish we could get an Indiana Jones game/series on modern consoles in the vein of Uncharted/Tomb Raider, but as period pieces with greater focus on exploration, mythology, and puzzle solving.
 

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Real talk, EA signed with Disney who licenses Star Wars, would it be possible for EA to get the license for Indiana Jones as well?

Full circle - an Amy Hennig Indiana Jones game from Visceral!
 

SchrodingerC

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Oh man, the potential to be a great game was there.
I wish we'd get another Indiana Jones game, especially one voiced by Ford himself.
 

Sciz

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Siiiiiigh.

It's cool that we get to see hundreds of pages of design documents, but at the same time, I didn't really need to be reminded that this game existed.
 

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Oh man fate of Atlantis was the first adventure game that got me interested in genre , i got into the internet world pretty late aka 2009 and the first thing i did was look up was for a Atlantis sequel sigh......

I have played almost all adventure games that had atlantis name in it none came as close.

Someone needs to do this game
 

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I'm not sure the Full Throttle art style works as well for the Indiana Jones universe, but I would have played the shit out of this regardless. Fate of Atlantis is still THE point-and-click adventure to beat, and this looked like a very worthy followup. I'd known about Iron Phoenix for a while, but I had no idea it was this far along. It really sucks that we'll never get to play it.
 

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Not sure if I want to look through that, might hurt too much!!1 Thanks for sharing, loved them good ole Indiana point & click games.
 

CrichtonKicks

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Why was it canned? Did the point in click market crash that fast?

Fate of Atlantis was literally the first game I purchased when I get my first computer in 1993. X-Wing and Ultima 7 were purchased the same day.