Screenshots and footage from Stars ship: Ghost – Blizzard Entertainment Miss to crack the console market around the turn of the century – showed up unexpectedly this morning. The assets appear to be legitimate, although their origins are unknown.
The video above is one of three videos found and shared this morning on social media and forums. It’s a 720p recording of the first seven minutes of the game. Stars ship: Ghost should be a third-party stealth action game that emerged from Blizzard’s RTS franchise. It was announced at the Tokyo Games Show in 2002 and suspended indefinitely in 2006. In 2014, Blizzard co-founder Mike Morhaime finally confirmed it was canceled.
Another video from YouTube user Leerz Meneses (first spied on by Kotaku) shows StarCraft: Ghost runs on a modified Xbox 360. Meneses says it was leaked online by “someone who found this on a Devkit”.
Then ResetEra users discovered this video uploaded in early January with three minutes of footage from the StarCraft: Ghost to build. The username of the uploader matches one in a folder from the video by Leerz Meneses.
The leak appears to have been noticed on social media for the first time when Andrew Borman of the Strong National Museum of Play posted four screenshots on Twitter.
Borman, who works for The Strong in video game preservation, said immediately He had nothing to do with the leak and that it wasn’t part of his job, but he had seen the build “be released anonymously across Xbox groups”.
StarCraft: Ghost was announced at the Tokyo Game Show in September 2002 and was intended for the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Nihilistic Software originally led development for Blizzard Entertainment. Blizzard then commissioned another studio he bought, Swingin ‘Ape Studios.
Video by StarCraft: Ghost has found its way into the wild before, so technically this is not a new discovery – although the 720p video above offers the cleanest view of what Nihilistic had in mind.