Project Dropship Videos Show Us A Square Enix Game That We’ll Never Get To Play

By Spencer . June 30, 2011 . 5:06am

Square Enix’s Los Angeles studio was quietly working on Project Dropship. The game, a cooperative shooter, was never announced to the public, but was in development for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.


This video gives us a tour of Project Dropship’s colorful levels.



Each of the characters have their own sets of abilities. Take the guy with the Tron-like disc on his back, he has a dash move. The action in Project Dropship can get frantic as seen in the next video. Square Enix Los Angeles designed Project Dropship with co-op play in mind. This video also demonstrates some of those mechanics, like stepping on switches with another player to make shields materialize.



It might be too late for Project Dropship, but *if* Square Enix decided to release it would you buy it?

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  • Fryxell

    Only if I could play as a loli.

  • Yukito

    For a little while, that first video gave me a Crash Bandicoot feel. Start off 2D, and work into a 3D run forward.  If there were boxes wih Aku Aku masks, no guns, and the guys said “WHOA!”, then maybe I would have been interested.

  • theoriginaled

    Is the in game music as awesome as it is in the videos? Cause Id buy that, nice western meets eastern scifi vibe.

  • Code

    Haha nice that looks pretty slick, reminds me of The Red Star owo; Shame it’ll never see release though, I’d have been interested in seeing more omo;

  • Disappointing that this game got cancelled – it looks like it was pretty far into development.  What a waste.  I would have tried it. I’m interested in SQEX’s LA branch.  Is that their acquisition of a studio like Eidos or is it a real LA-opened SQEX studio?

  • John Antonio

    i would buy it

  • Depends on the price.  Reminds me of a 3d shooting version of moondiver.  The graphics are pretty good, but at the same time I am noticing a ton of graphical glitches, and the gameplay obviously is bearbones. It looks like it would have had potential as a Vita game…definitely looks like a waste to throw it away.

    I guess this is proof of their losses to some degree and that they weren’t just making things up about cancelling games, but while it doesn’t look stellar or anything, I can’t say I agree with the decision to completely can it and make zero return on that investment.

    Also, I really, really like the music.

  • MrRobbyM

    It has nice atmosphere. I’ll give it that. If it was cheap, sure.

  • What the hell, that was actually very interesting. Like a shoot-em-up Ys Seven.

    revive this project for PSVita plskthx

  • godmars

    They probably wanted more then $15 for it. Couldn’t bring down file size to something MS would approve.

    Don’t like the monster designs and really not getting why its called Dropship.

    • “Project Dropship” was likely a code name, not a final title. 

  • That looks great fun, I’d buy that at a fair price. I do love my co-op games and this sort of reminds me of Lara Croft, which is one of the very best.

  • kupomogli

    A action/platformer that looks really good, atleast visually.  Well, atleast the level design.  There really weren’t any enemies so no idea if there would have a good amount of balance, etc. 

  • They should released this instead of Project Silpheed

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