If there has been one company this generation that completely screwed up it was Midway. By Midway I’m referring to the old Midway that was shuttered and whose most valuable asset (Mortal Kombat) was later sold to WB Games. When Midway was up on the auction block after the company had their financial issues, WB Games essentially bought the company for MK and a few key developers, the rest of Midway is now a thing of the past, which somewhat saddens me.
But for a company that was around since the heyday of arcade gaming, it was odd to see the company screw up so much in the past ten years. A key example of one of Midway’s blunders is the recently unearthed game Hero. Most of us knew about some of Midway’s cancelled projects like the Snoop Dogg starring Fear & Respect or an unnamed project that was an apocalyptic shooting game involving mutants/demonic minions, but I don’t think that details on Hero were ever public knowledge. Uncovered by Siliconera, Hero began development in 2008 and was going to allow gamers to literally become a super powered human, hence the title.
Our first details and images of Hero come from the website of former Midway artist Tae Young Choi, who served up some amazing pieces of art for the project. Mr. Choi was nice enough to some brief descriptions of the scenarios depicted in his art which includes a battle atop the wing of Air Force One. Another amazing piece of art shows a person using their control of the water to shape a deadly dragon. It may not be a fire breathing dragon, but the thing still looked cool as hell.
There wasn’t any mention as to why Hero got canned at Midway, but one can assume that the fact that the company was hemorrhaging money, no part because of a few financial duds like Stranglehold and The Wheelman, resulted in the company shifting their focus once again. It’s a shame that Hero never got going and wasn’t picked up by WB Games as it would’ve been nice to play a super hero game that doesn’t involve the Marvel or DC properties. Aside from Infamous, the super hero video game genre is a lonely one when it comes to originality and Hero seemed to be bursting at the seams with it.
To view Mr. Choi’s art of Hero check out his website.