Cancelled open-world game based on the Flash uncovered

YouTube gaming channel DidYouKnowGaming? recently discovered an unreleased title centered around DC Comic’s iconic speedster, the Flash.

The game was set to be an open-world action experience where players could run around cities fighting crime like a cross between the Batman Arkham games and Sonic The Hedgehog. The history of the hero’s presence in gaming is covered in the earlier part of the video before the long lost project is extensively detailed.

Several ideas were bounced around on how to make the game stand out—such as making numerous open-world locations that the Flash could (har, har) fast-travel between—but this was considered too ambitious. Instead, two different cities of great relevance to the Flash were focused on: Keystone City and Central City. Other design hurdles included which of the hero’s specific powers to include in the game, as well as determining just how fast players should feel like they were moving.

The game had the working title of The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive and was being handled by Bottlerocket Entertainment and Brash Entertainment. It was expected to launch on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and even the Wii at the end of 2009, but poor planning and a lack of investor confidence in publisher Brash Entertainment ultimately lead to the game’s demise.

With so many assets still intact, who is to say the Flash won’t rise again. For now, players will have to make due with the speedster’s presence in the upcoming Injustice 2.