A peek at the Watchmen video games that never made it out of development

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Dec 19, 2016

Your mileage may vary on Zack Snyder’s big-screen adaptation of Watchmen, but there were some video game concepts in the works around the film that actually sounded pretty great. So what happened to them?

The YouTube gaming maestros Unseen64 put together a video focused on two video game pitches from developer Bottle Rocket that would’ve been framed as prequels to Snyder’s film. The first idea was to do a character study with multiple playable characters from the Watchmen roster, with the team members interacting with major moments in history (JFK’s assassination, Vietnam War, etc.). It was a clever concept, and could’ve been an interesting exploration. The second idea was a bit more focused: a Batman-esque solo story about Rorschach cleaning up the streets. 

Neither game actually made it off the whiteboard, though the featurette below does manage to scrounge up some 3D models and concept art from the time. Sadly, Warner Bros. ended up going with a different studio due to a contract dispute. That ended with the development of the (generally crummy) episodic downloadable game Watchmen: The End is Nigh.

But check out the clip below for a peek at what could’ve been: