The PlayStation 3 Assassin Game That Was Cancelled In Favour Of Heavenly Sword

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Sony Computer Entertainment Cambridge have yet another cancelled game in the closet that looks interesting in concept—a Kill Bill-style assassin game starring a female lead who would focus on disguises. The game was tentatively titled Zodiac Assassin, and would be set in locales such as Mexico, Turkey and Japan.

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Various costume design concepts for the game’s lead character.


A painting of a crowd scene in Mexico during the “Day of the Dead” festival.


A drawing of a crowd scene that would have served as part of graphical demo.


An illustration of a fish market scene set in Tokyo.


Villains concepts. Each country/locale would have had its own signature boss.


A combination of painting + geometry used as art direction for a lighting test.


Zodiac Assassin was being conceptualized for the PlayStation 3 in 2005. The game was cancelled as Sony decided to invest instead in Ninja Theory’s Heavenly Sword.


SCE Cambridge worked on other concepts that didn’t make it to production, too: an alien monkey game (no, seriously) that led to the conception of Eyepet and a survival horror game titled Manhattan.

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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.