My excavation of the Dolph Briscoe Archive and Warren Spector’s personal effects continues and, as usual, Eurogamer is publishing the results. This time it’s a collection of rejected pitches and unmade games which Spector’s group was working on at Origin Systems, of Wing Commander and Ultima fame.
“There were lots of game ideas that came out of my group at Origin,” offers Spector. “Arthurian Legends, Transland, PassTimes, Operator…They never went anywhere… [but] we were all coming up with ideas left and right.”
This was one of the quickest Deleted Scenes articles to pull together, because there were so few identifiable people I could chase down. Only one pitch had a name on it and two decades have faded the details for all the Origin staff I could raise. I spoke to everyone from Creative Directors to Tech Support, but the fogginess was sadly pervasive.