Concept Art From Nightmare Creatures III Before It Was Cancelled

By Ishaan . March 11, 2011 . 8:26am

In 1997, Kalisto Entertainment released a game for the PlayStation, titled Nightmare Creatures. The game took place in 19th century London, and was a survival horror title that had you playing as a monk (Ignatius) or a female swordsman (Nadia) as they attempt to free the city from an outbreak of outlandish creatures set loose by a cult.


Depending on how old you were when you played it, Nightmare Creatures could be pretty terrifying. Kalisto later followed the game up with a sequel, Nightmare Creatures II, in 2000. Eventually, they also announced a Nightmare Creatures III, but this last game was ultimately cancelled before it saw release.


Nightmare Creatures III: Angel of Darkness was in development for the PlayStation 2, Gamecube and Xbox before Kalisto Entertainment went out of business. Set in 19th century Prague, the game originally centred around a heroine who could merge with her pet raven.


Once Kalisto closed down, Ubisoft, who were supposed to publish Nightmare Creatures III, took over the game’s development and initiated a complete redesign. Unfortunately, they eventually cancelled the title. Thanks to the portfolio of artist, Arthur Hugot, however, we now have an idea of what direction the game was headed in, under Ubisoft’s control.


While we can’t say for sure, this appears to be the game’s protagonist. Here’s a better look at him in a full-body shot. He looks a little reminiscent of Raziel from the Soul Reaver series:



Two more pieces of artwork include enemy designs. Here’s a look at those:


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  • Maybe it was for the better. I loved the first to death, was sort of annoyed at the second and its, I felt, arbitrary ending. This third one… well, who knows what it would have played like, but I think it’s best we just remember the original as one of those PS-One gems.

  • Cloud_ST

    First pic is badass,the artstyle at least looked good,I only played the second one and it was average/mediocre at best,kinda liked the story though,and the fact that the protagonist was so deformed and injured,it was pretty different from the usual,maybe they could have made the 3rd one better.

  • PrinceHeir

    oh my god i remember playing this game along with a samurai fighting game(it was in 3D background. i don’t remember it but you can sidestep and the stages were wide)

    sucks this never came out. would love to have more of these games :)

    • That 3D fighting game you’re describing, was it on PS1? If so, it sure sounds to me like Bushido Blade.

      • PrinceHeir

        thank you :P

        yup it’s bushido blade, ahh whatever happened to that game :

  • Goddam shame, wouldn’t mind seeing some of these old cancelled projects revived on XBLA/PSN

  • Great games…

  • SneakyHawk

    Huh, Nightmare Creatures was one of the first games I had for my PS1 as a child. Good god, that game scared me. Never did want to touch it. No clue what happened to it now…guess that’s another game to add to my backlog.

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