Final night time online game preservation group, The Hidden Palace, launched over 700 PS2 early builds, prototypes, E3, and press launch demos in a large dump the group known as “Project Deluge”.
The Hidden Palace hosted a stream on Twitch that lasted over six hours Saturday night time. Throughout that stream, they showcased numerous PS2 pre-release builds and demos for varied video games, together with Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, LEGO Star Wars The Video Recreation, Loopy Taxi, and Ultimate Fantasy X-2.
A few of these early builds had been solely seen at tradeshows, like E3, and had been particularly constructed for preview protection. Different early releases embody debug and beta improvement builds. All of this was discovered and saved from being bought or thrown away by one particular person, who labored with The Hidden Palace and Web Archive to correctly catalog and add all of those recordsdata. All complete, this provides as much as over 850 GBs of knowledge.
It’s a treasure trove of online game historical past that The Hidden Palace spent practically a 12 months digging by means of, checking out retail builds, and solely saving unreleased prototypes and unreleased revisions. You may learn extra of the nitty-gritty particulars about how the group was in a position to pull this off in a weblog put up on the group’s web site. The quick reply: It appears like quite a lot of work. A LOT of labor.
And surprisingly, Undertaking Deluge isn’t performed. The group claims to have many extra prototypes to dig by means of and plans to launch extra quickly however doesn’t have a extra particular date than that.