A canceled release for an Arkham-inspired Power Rangers fighter would have allowed you to team up with friends to take on hordes of disguised morons, one of the project’s licensees unveiled this weekend.
Then at Power Rangers producer Saban, Jason Bischoff went on Twitter to share details and concept art for a game he released internally called Project Nomad. Hoping to capture the "franchise story" on a new target, it looks like the game would have seen countless variations of team rangers fighting the bad guys in a fight inspired by Rocksteady's Batman games.
As a former video game developer (then in Saban), BusDev had hoped for an ambitious and open cooperative in the world that would capture energy, teamwork and the history of the franchise through a new slow. Basically, "Arkham" Rangers. .. or Gotham Knights 5 years before GK's announcement. ⚡️ #powerdown 2/6 pic.twitter.com/NbUOqOttSNAugust 6, 2021
Conceptual art posted along the thread shows designs for different Rangers eras, including a particularly spicy shot of a fire-breathing T-Rex joining the Rangers on an alien planet. Unfortunately, as Bischoff laments, the project never got off the drawing board.
“While the initial conversations with the developers / publishers were favorable, ultimately, the weather and the big changes in our business sparked the conversations around the Nomad Project,” Bischoff explains. "These things totally happen! The industry is based on what could have happened."
I’m not too familiar with Power Rangers myself, but it’s easy to see how a show about brightly colored superhero teams coming together to fight the ridiculous bad guys could make for a solid cooperative game, especially if the animations leaned into the hyper-exaggerated punches and kicks from the show.
If you’re a fan of the series who wants to see more of what could have been, Bischoff says he’ll share more details “again” on his Twitter channel.