I remember how disappointed people were about the originally planned "Neverending Story" game being scrapped. "The Real Neverending Story" was going to be a much longer game with a more involved story than "Auryn Quest." But apparently the developer ran out of money and started over with the cheaper-to-produce and much shorter "Auryn Quest." I remember someone commenting that "The Real Neverending Story" had been in production for years, while "Auryn Quest" was thrown together in 6 months.
This article is about the originally planned game.http://www.ign.com/articles/1999/12/23/the-real-neverending-story
These screenshots are from the originally planned game. Note how they have the date 1999.
Auryn Quest was released in 2002 in the US.http://www.ign.com/images/games/the-real-neverending-story-pc-13627/4fa6c974cdc388ed13e480b4
I'm not finding much information about what happened except a small blurb at this trivia sitehttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Trivia/TheNeverendingStory?from=Trivia.NeverendingStory
Vaporware: German game developer Discreet Monsters' The Real Neverending Story, which wasn't really getting anywhere even before Discreet Monsters was felled by the end of a tech bubble. The main personnel involved eventually produced a much less ambitious game, Auryn Quest.
I played Auryn Quest several years ago, maybe 3 or 4 years after it was released and being sold at bargain price ($2 or $3 I think). I remember it being very short -- 2 or 3 hours -- and being more an action/adventure than an adventure, though the action was "easy" compared to most action/adventures. I don't remember any story other than some excuse to move to the next game area -- certainly not as much of a story as your average adventure game. I'm glad I didn't pay any more than I did for it. Even if it hadn't been so short, I don't suppose I'll ever forgive it for being such a diminished game compared to the game it replaced.
It's always sad when a promising adventure game that's in production becomes vaporware. There are probably a lot of other vaporware games that current members of Gameboomers have never heard of:
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