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A former Namco developer recently uploaded this milestone video of early footage from a cancelled Snake Plissken game that was in development at the Namco's Bay Area studio, developers of the first Dead to Rights and innovative cover shooter Kill Switch, in 2003 and 2004.
Tentatively titled Snake Plissken's ESCAPE, the video's description says the game featured Kurt Russell's likeness, and a nearly finished campaign design with a storyline approved by the Escape franchise's principle creatives—Russell, John Carpenter, and the late Debra Hill.
The video depicts a rough, edgy character-action game fairly similar to Dead to Rights that offered players a choice between stealthy action or using guns, as well as some environment exploration in space environments with multiple paths.
According to Namco's 2003 announcement of the game, Snake Plissken's ESCAPE (initially known as Snake Plissken Chronicles) was slated for release for late 2005 and was "the first in the planned series of games."
According to an April 2012 filing at the US Copyright Office, HBO is working with screenwriter Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness and the forthcoming Secret Life of Walter Mitty) and his Sleepless Knights production company on a seemingly unannounced "Untitled Game Designer Project." Earlier in 2012, HBO acquired the rights to the documentary Indie Game: The Movie with the intent of turning it into a fictional half-hour series, but it is unclear whether this is related to that project or something else entirely.