Learn more about the unreleased Dirty Harry game0 Comments
Back in the early 2000s, video game adaptations of older films was suddenly en vogue. For example, you might recall Rockstar's version of The Warriors or even Radical Entertainment's take on Scarface. Profiting on movie nostalgia was hot, and that's part of why Warner Bros. Interactive were looking into getting a Dirty Harry video game produced. The company hoped to make the movies relevant again as they were soon to release a Dirty Harry collection on HD DVD.
A game version might just turn some younger folks into fans of Dirty Harry, or so the company hoped. These plans first began in 2004 when Warner Bros. Interactive asked for developers to pitch projects to them. The Collective won the rights to create a title for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Sensory Sweep Studios were also given the rights to produce a Dirty Harry game for other systems such as Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Wii.
This title was to follow the same general story beats as The Collective's version, but otherwise was quite different. Even the art style took on a cel-shaded vibe whereas the Xbox 360/PS3 release had more "realistic" graphics. So, what exactly happened to cause the downfall of Dirty Harry? As time wore on, development did not move along in stride.
Past staff members have since gone on to say that internal problems such as constantly changing management made it tough to keep on track. They even admit that they may have signed up for projects that were too vast for their companies to produce. Whatever the case, as deadlines loomed, Malpaso Productions (Clint Eastwood's production company) were not pleased with progress made and canceled The Collective's Dirty Hairy in 2007. Shortly after, Sensory Sweep's version also hit the chopping block.