Concept art from a cancelled version of Rare’s retro classic Sabre Wulf has recently appeared on the internet.

A lot of you might not be familiar with the name Peter Mckinstry as an employee for Rare, but you’ll definitely be familiar with his work – he is a concept designer for the Dr. Who and Torchlight television series.

However, before Rare was Rare, they were Ultimate Play the Game and before there were Banjo-Kazooie and Killer Instict, there was Sabre Wulf.

The artwork on Mckinstry’s site shows a lot of new concept art on what may have been an unnamed Sabre Wulf title in the works for the Gamecube (possibly even the Xbox), but unfortunately the game was cancelled well into its conception stages.

In the original Sabre Wulf on the ZX Spectrum, players navigated a flip-screen maze, attempting to lead Sabreman through the jungle maze while collecting treasure, finding pieces of an amulet and defending against the indigenous creatures who dare to impede the player’s escape.

Sabre Wulf and Sabreman live on via references in other Rare titles like Donkey Kong Country, Killer Instinct, Viva Piñata and Banjo-Tooie.

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One Response so far.

  1. Jens Erik Vaaler says:

    I remember the name Sabre Wulf, but I never played the original game. The concept art looks absolutely breathtaking, so it’s a shame this got canceled.

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