Scribblenauts: Fighting Words (lost/cancelled iOS adaptation of video game series: 2014-2016)


Scribblenauts: Fighting Words
Beta sign-up picture for the game showing its logo.
Beta sign-up picture for the game showing its logo.
Status Lost

Scribblenauts: Fighting Words was supposed to be the iOS adaptation of Scribblenauts but was cancelled by Warner Bros, resulting in 45 employees of 5th Cell, the game's developer, to be laid off. It was the working title [1] of a mobile game planned as part of the innovative Scribblenauts franchise, which allowed players to conjure solutions to problems by typing any word that comes to mind.

Plot and Gameplay

"Scribblenauts Fighting Words is a free-to-play, word-puzzle mobile game from 5TH Cell and Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment. Use your creativity, command of the keyboard, and the magic of Maxwell's notebook to battle creatures across the Scribblenauts universe, recruit characters with their own unique abilities onto your team, and save the world from the devious mind-controlling Blugs."[2] (Description from beta website, screenshot courtesy of @Steel_Beaver on Twitter)

Development and Cancellation

Scribblenauts: Fighting Words was being developed by 5th Cell for iOS devices. Development started in 2014, and the game was due to be released in 2016. [3] The gameplay would have involved typing up any object that comes to mind in order to solve puzzles, similarly to previous entries in the series. However, after nearly two years of development, Warner Bros. cancelled the game for unknown reasons, resulting in 45 of 5th Cell's employees being laid off, including lead animator Tim Borrelli. [4] Shortly before the project's cancellation, 5th Cell allowed gamers to sign up for the beta release at https://scribbeta.wbgames.com/, meaning that work on the game was likely almost done before WB pulled the plug. Despite this, no footage or screenshots of the game were made publicly available. Unfortunately, The WaybackMachine does not have the beta sign up page archived. It is unknown if the game was going to be released on Android devices, like the other mobile adaptation, Scribblenauts Remix, as well as the mobile version of Scribblenauts Unlimited were.

Finding the Beta

In a Twitter post,[1] @Steel_Beaver says an e-mail link was sent to users who signed up for the beta to download it. Anyone who downloaded the beta and played it can perhaps release the files or some footage so we can see the game if they still have it. If that is not possible, perhaps WB Games or 5th Cell and its employees can be contacted for more info.

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References

  1. http://www.ign.com/games/scribblenauts-fighting-words/tba-20051243
  2. http://lostmediawiki.com/File:ScribBeta.jpg
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scribblenauts#Scribblenauts:_Fighting_Words
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scribblenauts#Scribblenauts:_Fighting_Words

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Anonymous user #1

4 months ago
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I had no idea this was ever in development! It's a shame this eventually got cancelled at a late point in development, and considering all the employees that had to be laid off after this, it's unlikely we'll be getting another instalment for quite a while, which saddens me especially, as the original Scribblenauts was one of the favourite games growing up.
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MarioTanooki12

4 months ago
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Same here. I didn't know about this until I got back into Scribblenauts recently.
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Anonymous user #2

4 months ago
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Wait, does this mean they can't make more games in the series unless they have big changes? The employee lay off part concerns me.
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MarioTanooki12

4 months ago
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SpacePirate Ridley on NeoGAF says he worked on Unlimited and Unmasked, but I wonder if he worked on Fighting Words. I would ask him, but apparently it takes from 6 months to a year before you are allowed to post on NeoGAF.
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MarioTanooki12

4 months ago
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So yeah, I can't ask him. But can someone else do it?
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MarioTanooki12

4 months ago
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Anybody, feel free to edit the article when you get more info.
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Scr51

4 months ago
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Hey there! I'm @scr515, the dude mentioned in the "Finding the Beta" section. I don't have the files to the game any longer, as I deleted the TestFlight app a year or so ago. I don't have any images, recordings, etc of it either, sorry! I've gone ahead and added some images of various emails i got pertaining to the beta, so you might be able to gather some more info about the game from those.
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Anonymous user #3

23 days ago
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I was a beta tester for the game and I remember the gameplay being like completing levels by writing words to summon things to kill enemies of in which your efficiency will give you a star rating out of 3 stars while moving through an overworld sorta like candy crush. I am very sorry to say that since I didn't know the game was canned, I wiped and sold my one device that had a beta build. Plus, the emails are out of date.
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MDLuffy1234

23 days ago
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I accidentally posted this as anonymous sorry
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