Published on July 12th, 2013 | by Shitiz Bhagal
Concept Art of Backspace, a Skyrim-like Sci-Fi RPG by Obsidian
Obsidian Entertainment was once developing a sci-fi game called Backspace., Kotaku claims.According to design documents- Backspace is described as a single player action RPG Sci-Fi game, which features gameplay elements like character customization, fast travel, guns and alien invasions. The game was in development using Skyrim’s engine and the game’s “radiant AI” system.
Backspace combat would have been similar to like that of Skyrim, “but slightly faster as there are guns and abilities no swords and shields. however there are melee weapons as well such as katanas, mauls, battle axes, chainsaws and something called a ”temporal lance.” Much like Skyrim all single-handed weapons may be dual wielded or you may equip an ability in one hand and a single-handed weapon in other the hand.
The game’s protagonist would have been a cyborg, who is working for some research lab, which was attacked by aliens. Here is the official brief summary;
“In the distant future, mankind has colonized the far reaches of the galaxy. Near the center of the galaxy is an enormous space station dedicated to advanced research in a multitude of subjects such as temporal mechanics and nano-cybernetics. The game begins with the station falling under attack from an invading alien force.”
“Backspace was a project concept that we neither cancelled nor greenlit,” Urquhart told Kotaku. “We had some great people work on the idea for Backspace for a bit of time and then moved them off to other projects as opportunities came up. We’ve been around for ten years now and have had a bunch of great ideas that we still have sitting around that we may be able to return to in the future.”