StarCraft: Ghost (partially found build of cancelled sci-fi stealth-action game; 2006)
StarCraft: Ghost is a military sci-fi game featuring stealth and action mechanics set in StarCraft universe which was mainly developed by Blizzard Entertainment and co-developed by Nihilistic Software and Swingin' Ape Studios for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube consoles.
In the singleplayer campaign of StarCraft: Ghost you play as a female character named Nova. Nova can use stealth to silently take down enemies like Zergs and Terran guards as well use a vast arsenal of different weapons such as assault and sniper rifles, grenades, shotguns, and flamethrowers. Players can also use traps to get rid of the enemies, drag bodies of the dead enemies to hide them while in stealth mode, search dead bodies for extra ammo and other resources, ride many different vehicles on some missions, perform hacking sequences to gain access to some of the information or to progress further down into the level (with Nova's cloaking ability), and use thermal goggles and an EMP device which can be used for many advantages on certain level parts or over enemies.
Availability and Origin
Originally on February 16th, 2020 user eientei95 uploaded a 2003 build of the StarCraft: Ghost, which they claimed to find on the debug Xbox console that they bought (presumably on auction) and decided to share it providing a Google Drive link to the build itself. This build can be played on the devkit versions of Xbox, vanilla Xbox and Xbox 360, though the best experience can be achieved on the devkit 128Mb Xbox. Currently, all of the download links are non-working or have been taken down, possibly by the uploader themself. On the same day NeoGAF forums user Stranno made a post about a leaked 2003 build of StarCraft: Ghost which included some screenshots of the game while also providing a features list and explaining some technical information on how to run it. The post also included 40 minutes of gameplay footage which were posted on YouTube that showcased 2-6 levels of the game, excluding the first level called "Sabotage". However, on February 17th, YouTube user Ocled uploaded 7 minutes of gameplay which shows the first level of StarCraft: Ghost.
List of All Available Levels Found in the 2003 Build of StarCraft: Ghost
- Level 1: Sabotage
- Level 2: Scattered Forces
- Level 3: Zergling Rush
- Level 4: Canyon Advance
- Level 5: The Fujita Pinnacle
- Level 6: Pinnacle Hangar
- Google Drive download link for the 2003 build of the StarCraft: Ghost. Note: Link is currently taken down and does not work. Courtesy of archive.org user eientei95.
- An archived file link on the archive.org for the StarCraft: Ghost 2003 build. Retrieved 16 Feb '20
- Google Drive link to the 2003 of the StarCraft: Ghost which is currently non-working. Retrieved 16 Feb '20
- NeoGAF forums post of the user Stranno about leaked 2003 build of the StarCraft: Ghost. Retrieved 16 Feb '20