Rumor: Surreal’s This is Vegas canned by Warner Bros.

Tuesday, 24th August 2010 18:07 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Looks like Surreal Software’s This is Vegas may have been canceled after Warner purchased the firm from Midway, if sources close to the developer are correct.

Speaking with CVG, a “cast iron source close to the project” claims Surreal was “quietly shut down” last year, amid lay-offs and restructuring of Midway Chicago into WB Chicago.

The source also claimed Midway spent over $40 million on the action title, and while next to nothing has been heard of the game since early 2009, Warner told G4 last August that it was “still in development”.

“Apparently the entire This is Vegas project has been totally canned,” said the source. “Midway spent in the region of $43 million up to the point when it was being sold to WB. Alan Patmore, who was [Surreal] studio boss, either left or was let go – but considering the resources and art created this is a lot of work down the drain.

“It was moving along to a point where the title was on the schedule for release late last year – but still needed another eight months to a year to finish with a studio burn rate of $250,000 per month.”


Snowblind Studios was also part of the Midway purchase, and while it also suffered some lay-offs, the developer is currently working on Lord of the Rings: War in the North for Warner.

We’ll send Warner a mail and see what we can find out for you.

Thanks, BigDownload.



  1. Psychotext

    I’m out of touch… I don’t think I’ve even heard of this.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Stephany Nunneley

    Gosh, it was fully revealed at E3 in 2008, but if I recall correctly, it was announced to be in the works back in 2007.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. daytripper

    $50m wasted, disgrace

    #3 4 years ago
  4. onlineatron

    Makes sense, I haven’t heard hide nor hair of the game since 08 I think.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Patrick Garratt

    I thought this was long dead, personally.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. evilashchris

    Maybe that’s why the old fella from Left4Dead is in the background :D

    #6 4 years ago
  7. AHA-Lambda

    wow this is a blast from the past

    then again aint surprised apart from the 50 mil part O_O eep

    #7 4 years ago
  8. cookiejar

    I always got this confused with Eight Days.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. daytripper

    @7 what does “eep” mean o_O

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Xuchilbara

    I wonder if this is why Surreal never responded to my resume a couple months back? Lol

    #10 4 years ago
  11. The_Red

    Midway didn’t make a Psi-ops sequel ,spent 40 million on this game and forced MK team to make a T rated crossover with DC?
    I’m starting to feel good about Midway’s demise instead of remorse.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Blerk

    Hah – I thought this’d been canned years ago!

    #12 4 years ago

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