New footage has surfaced of an Xbox-era South Park game that was apparently canceled mid-development.
As showcased in a video by YouTube channel HappyConsoleGamer (which you can see above), an early in-progress build of the game was found on an Xbox developer’s kit purchased at an expo in Portland.
What exists of the game, which was in development by Eugene, Oregon-based studio Buzz Monkey Software, suggests it was going to be an open-world game in the vein of the roughly contemporaneous Simpsons: Hit and Run, a pretty charming Grand Theft Auto clone with a Groening aesthetic.
The extant materials include a large, unfinished map of the depraved Colorado cartoon town, with a handful of textured areas, most notably Cartman’s house, that seem pretty faithful translations of the TV show’s visual style. There are test areas for early missions, a combat room where Cartman beats up poor, innocent stray dogs, and a surprising amount of driving for a game starring fourth graders.
This isn’t the first time it’s surfaced. Last month, a moderator on the Nintendo Age forum posted some screenshots and a brief, fully voiced cutscene from the dev kit before selling what appears to be that same devkit to HappyConsoleGamer.
It’s not clear why the game was canceled, though indications on the existing software suggest it was in development as of 2005. South Park as a license has had a patchy gaming history, although the new role-playing game series that began with The Stick of Truth and will continue with the upcoming The Fractured But Whole has been strong.
As for Buzz Monkey Software, which had a number of small successes in the mid-aughts (including work on Tomb Raider: Anniversary), it was acquired by Zynga in 2012.