More than 700 prototype PlayStation 2 games have been unveiled and made available online.
The prototypes – shared by conservation group The Hidden Palace – include unfinished or demo versions of classic PlayStation games, including Shadow of the Colossus, Final Fantasy X, Okami, Ratchet & Clank, God of War and more.
In a live stream held on Saturday, the group spent six hours playing through some of the highlights from the PS2 prototypes, including E3 demos of Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex and Shadow of the Colossus, a prototype of Capcom’s Good Hand, and troubleshooting versions of Final Fantasy X-2 and Legacy of Cain: Soul Reaver 2.
The group also played previews of Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly, God Hand, Ratchet & Clank (2002), Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc and more.
The entire drop also includes E3 demos for God of War 2, Sly Cooper and Thievius Racoonus and Viewtiful Joe 2, and previews alpha versions of Def Jam: Fight for NY, Burnout 3 and Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3.
A huge list of all the PS2 prototypes included in Project Deluge can be found on the Hidden Palace website.
Most of the software included in the dump can be played using an emulator on a PC, and the group says it is currently working on adding even more software via a future release soon.
In total, the prototypes make up almost 900 GB of data. According to The Hidden Palace, the software was taken from closed media, developers and various collectors, and is by far the largest dump of unreleased games it has ever released.
Hidden Palace has spent almost a year confirming that the software included in Project Deluge contains differences from the final retail versions, it says.
“These aging objects were miraculously saved from being destroyed, thrown away or sold through a person’s herculean efforts,” it claimed.
“This person not only took on the task of backing up everything they had in their own hands, but was so overwhelmingly kind enough to let us look at and preserve every item in his collection without string.”
It added: “We would like to thank all the members of the Project Deluge team for helping us with this project so far. Without your help, it would have taken forever before anything could happen. ”
“… Since this party is an active ongoing project, we do not have a preliminary release plan. However, be prepared for the next part of the party soon. More is on the way, so stay tuned! ”
Over the past year, a significant amount of retro prototypes of video games have been leaked online. Recently a playable version of Rare’s unreleased N64 game Dinosaur Planet, as well as a fully playable GoldenEye Xbox Live Arcade building.
And last year, a significant amount of classic Nintendo data leaked on the Internet. The so-called Nintendo ‘Gigaleak’ saw early prototypes for games like Yoshi’s Island, Star Fox, Super Mario 64 and Zelda: Ocarina of Time shared online.
The early demos are said to be part of an alleged leak of the Nintendo source code, which could be linked to a major breach of older Nintendo data that was first reported in May.
Early prototypes of Super Mario Kart and Super Mario World 2 (Yoshi’s Island) appeared as part of the leak, and early sprite artwork for Super Mario World and others.