The long-lost video game version of Akira that was slated to launch on the Sega Genesis in 1995 has been posted online.
The film “Akira” was one of the most popular of the late eighties – so much so that its popularity reached countries outside of Japan. And for many, it is one of the best movies they have seen. It was so successful and well-liked that a video game version was set to launch for the Sega Genesis console.
However, this title never saw the light of day – at least until now, because its files have just been uploaded for use 25 years later.
The “Akira” video game
The Akira movie marked a prominent point, not only for the history of Japanese animation, but it also inspired countless creators who in the future would remain devoted to the movie. It was thanks to this film that the movie's director Katsuhiro Otomo reached great popularity in the industry.
Those behind the movie decided to make a deal with the developers Black Pearl Software to launch a video game that would best portray the entire film for those fans who enjoyed the original movie.
The game was called Akira and sadly, it could not be completed by the date that was stipulated due to problems with the THQ distributor. All the followers of the film were left without being able to test the video game version.
Akira prototype today
After such a long wait, this title has been uploaded on the Hidden Palace website. This site serves as a community among video game lovers who cooperate to highlight and preserve those titles lost or forgotten by the video game community.
The long lost AKIRA prototype for Sega Mega Drive has been found and released. https://t.co/CNnNiEhFpK pic.twitter.com/Oo0mCILB47
Three users published this game on the page: Matsuda Matsumoto, drx and an anonymous donor.
The game is partially developed, although we can practically say that it was quite advanced in its production.
Even incomplete, it is still a very interesting title, because it combines several genres such as platform games, driving games, and first-person segments.
Since 2016, the possible existence of this title was being talked about after a video of its gameplay was even seen on YouTube. Now, it's available for download.