Highlander: The Game: There Can Be Only None

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Highlander: The Game: There Can Be Only None

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Square Enix's videogame based on Highlander has been cancelled, proving that the franchise is not actually immortal.

Anyone that grew up in the 80s and 90s should recognize Highlander, a franchise that included multiple movies, television spin-offs, and even a cartoon series. Square Enix had been working on a new Highlander videogame planned for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 for the past few years, but recently announced that the game's head was chopped off.

Square has revealed that Highlander: The Game has been cancelled. The Highlander franchise began with a movie of the same name released in 1986 that featured Christopher Lambert as Connor MacLeod and Sean Connery as his mentor. Both are members of a race of immortals that emerge from humanity and are forced into an eternal battle until a just one is left. The only way to kill an immortal is to cut off his/her head, taking in the killed immortal's strength in the process. The franchise's catchphrase is: "There can be only one."

It's actually an intriguing property, but has undoubtedly been mishandled. The first movie and television's Highlander: The Series which starred Adrian Paul as descendant Duncan MacLeod were both pretty cool for their time, but Highlander has many black marks on its record as well, including in my and many others' opinions, a hilariously terrible second film.

Square's Highlander: The Game, which was being developed by Widescreen Games, sounded interesting in concept. It focused on newcomer Owen MacLeod and took place in various time periods from 2,000 years ago to the modern day. Players would have had to go up against various immortals in one-on-one battles, and Owen was even able to expand his powers through the realm of magic. There wasn't any specific reason given for the cancellation.

There have been a couple of Highlander games released in the past, on platforms like the Atari Jaguar and ZX Spectrum, but nothing in the past decade. With Highlander: The Game having been cancelled, it looks like Highlander's head will remain on the ground until a possible remake of the original movie comes out, said to be in production now.

Source: IGN

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Oh thank god for that.

As I'm sure others will remind you, there is no Highlander 2.

Nope.

There is no Highlander cartoon either.

Nope. Don't exist.

probably for the best

am I the only one who remembers the old Highlander game on the Jaguar?

but really, if done right, maybe this game would have brought the series back to it's glory

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Goddammit Nappa :(

There should've been only one.

Awr, shame
Though I swear I read something ages ago that this was cancelled back in 2009. Odd.

I only enjoyed the first film, that's the only Highlander that existed for me. A game wouldn't of been bad though.

Itīs a shame the game wont see the light of day. I kinda dig the franchise, specially the tv show (not the cartoon)

The_root_of_all_evil:
As I'm sure others will remind you, there is no Highlander 2.

Nope.

There is no Highlander cartoon either.

Nope. Don't exist.

ye, there is no second Highlander movie, I did have a nightmare once though, about a second Highlander movie where Sean Connery somewhat returned from death and that he and Macleod were aliens from a distant planet..odd.

Then I woke screaming...

There is no franchise.

There is only one.

The people responsible for everything beyond the first movie (and I don't care how many this ends up being) need to be:

1) Punched to death

2) Resuscitated

3) Kicked to death

4) Resuscitated

5) Stabbed to death

6) Resuscitated

7) Shot to death

8) Resuscitated

9) Set fire to and have marshmallows roasted over them as they die.

Or is this too much?

You know, I'm actually disappointed.

Well one less Highlander related piece of media for Spoony to rage on. This game would have to have been good or it would just be another kick in the balls for the series. At this point, the poor thing has had enough and should be left alone, some things are not worth or meant to be continued, and the series is a strong reminder of that.

The TV show had it's moments, but Duncan was as interesting as stale bread.

...sorry, forgot #10:

10) Profit!

For shame. I was looking forward to seeing The Spoony One review this game. It would've been hilarious.

Commander Breetai:
The people responsible for everything beyond the first movie (and I don't care how many this ends up being) need to be:

1) Punched to death

2) Resuscitated

3) Kicked to death

4) Resuscitated

5) Stabbed to death

6) Resuscitated

7) Shot to death

8) Resuscitated

9) Set fire to and have marshmallows roasted over them as they die.

Or is this too much?

How about just symbolically just decapitating them?

It for the best. The series is dead in my eyes after Highlander the Source.

AboveUp:
For shame. I was looking forward to seeing The Spoony One review this game. It would've been hilarious.

That's one way of looking at it. Still, The Source review was great, am I right?

MetaMop:

AboveUp:
For shame. I was looking forward to seeing The Spoony One review this game. It would've been hilarious.

That's one way of looking at it. Still, The Source review was great, am I right?

It was.

I love how half the people here are fans of Spoony!

Too bad I was looking forward to this.

GOD FUCKING DAMMIT

This sucks, being a fan of Highlander is like being in a abusive relationship. It keeps beating us with its shit: Highlander 2, Endgames, The Source, The TV Series spin off, the Cartoon and now this, but we keep coming back because of the memories: Highlander, The TV Series and the anime. Dammit I really had hopes for this.

OH and P.S. Fuck the SpoonyOne for bringing Highlander back into my mind. I had completely giving up hope after The Source. Then came news of this game and rumors of a re-imagining for the first film and the series and then Spoony came and helped me get over The Source, Now I'm sad.

Commander Breetai:
The people responsible for everything beyond the first movie (and I don't care how many this ends up being) need to be:

1) Punched to death

2) Resuscitated

3) Kicked to death

4) Resuscitated

5) Stabbed to death

6) Resuscitated

7) Shot to death

8) Resuscitated

9) Set fire to and have marshmallows roasted over them as they die.

Or is this too much?

I cannot believe you forgot decapitation via sword.

Anyways... I'm sort of disappointed at this news. Was looking forward to playing an highlander game... Then I read the games story... Thank fuck.

Its a shame too... Highlander should lend it self well to a video game series. Specially if we use Connor Mcloud. I mean, he's been alive for a while and I'm sure there's plenty of ground to be explored.

On the other hand... What do you mean by franchise... Surely a franchise has to have more than one film...

Man, I remember when I was a kid watching the tv show. The episode where the mentally handicapped guy with a love for trains got killed nearly made me cry (I was like six, leave me alone).

I always thought they could do a really good tragedy with Highlander. We already know that Conner wins the game, so how about we join a character who we know is destined to die?
Doesn't need to be all gloomy, just an interesting thought that sticks to the - ahem - canon.

I guess you could say that it's the endgame the highlander series. Heh, I crack myself up sometimes.

MetaMop:
We already know that Conner wins the game...

Hahahahahaha, what?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highlander:_The_Source

The_root_of_all_evil:
As I'm sure others will remind you, there is no Highlander 2.

Sure there was. It was called the Final Dimension, and while not stellar, it was far better than that abomination they tried to make with space immortals quite enjoyable.

MetaMop:
I always thought they could do a really good tragedy with Highlander. We already know that Conner wins the game, so how about we join a character who we know is destined to die?
Doesn't need to be all gloomy, just an interesting thought that sticks to the - ahem - canon.

Ummm...I'm gonna spoiler this gust in case.

{spoiler=Highlander-related canon]Duncan kills Connor in endgame. Even as far as the third second movie is concerned, Connor didn't actually win the Prize. The series amends this further, and Endgame makes sure we know it's not over. The Source seems to disagree, but if there's ever another propert of any sort in the highlander franchise, I'm pretty sure that abomination will be completely ignored.[/spoiler]

Scrythe:
I guess you could say that it's the endgame the highlander series. Heh, I crack myself up sometimes.

MetaMop:
We already know that Conner wins the game...

Hahahahahaha, what?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highlander:_The_Source

That movie never happened! There was never a Highlander sequel, my many therapists assure me! Never speak of this again!

Aw...That is to bad...

I really looked forward to it too...

Seriously people, if you think there was more than one Highlander film, seek professional help.

Puddle Jumper:
You know, I'm actually disappointed.

Yeah, I'm kinda a sucker for slicin' and dicing, the "purer" the better. A highlander game (done well, mind) could have really hit the spot for me, but I do know that with it being a tie in, it's chances of being good were slim anyway, especially as every other spin off from the classic original turned out terrible.

It's been said to death, but it's still no less relevent;

"There can only be one"

At this point NOTHING good can come of highlader. Remeber III? Endgame? The Source?! Oh god the source!

ARRRRRRRRRGRGLGARBLEARRGLE!

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You know what just go here since Spoony has been covering highlander in all it's horror

I god... i just remembered The Reckoning.

Seriously, why must every protagonist be a MacLeod? We all know Conner was awesome (in the first film), but naming every other bastard immortal after him is just stupid. Unoriginal doesn't even begin to describe it.

That nitpick aside, the premise is something that the films should have been doing all along. Then again, the game would lose major points from me if the journeys, or levels, through time were bullshit flashback sequences. And why the need for magic? I know the series is has a mystical tone to it, but is magic necessary? Couldn't the character just learn new sword techniques?

Doclector:
It's been said to death, but it's still no less relevant;

"There can only be one"

"There should have been only one." -- The Spoony One

I'm sure nintendo will pick it up, they're pretty big on things that won't die no matter how many videogames they're in.

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