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Even The Flash Can't Outrun The Axe

he is quite fast, and called Barry

This probably-genuine video of a poor, dead thing caught my eye today. Reportedly, it’s footage of a recently-cancelled videogame based on DC Superhero The Flash. His powers: he can run fast and has tiny wings on his ears. Which, I would have thought, can complicate coming up with interesting new story ideas for him, but does make him ideally suited to a videogame. Especially that current superhero videogame vogue: the open-world city. The idea of traversing blocks in a split-second, or using momentum to create extreme Parkour, is enormously tantalising. Here’s what we could have been in for…

Now, it’s not confirmed as genuine – indeed, a Flash game was never announced, though was at least rumoured. According to now-defunct developer Bottlerocket Entertainment:

“This is early game footage from the cancelled Flash video game. When our publisher Brash folded we were about 6 months into full production with about a year still to go on the game so please excuse the roughness of how it looks at this stage. A lot of the core elements were just starting to surface and we were all really saddened that the game couldn’t be saved. It was showing much potential. As such we just wanted to share a sample of what the game could have been like. Enjoy!”

Clearly it’s unfinished footage, but some of the concepts – bamboozling enemies with speed, a certain Mirror’s Edginess – shine through. Maybe it would have been on PC, maybe it wouldn’t – but I suspect most of us would have been disappointed it it wasn’t. The Flash does seem like a gift of a character for a game, so whether or not this is legit, hopefully it’ll inspire DC to get on with making one.

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