Golden Axed: A Cancelled Prototype

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Golden Axed: A Cancelled Prototype
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System(s): Steam
Publisher: Sega
Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
FREEFREE[1] 1368460
FREEFREE[1] 1368460

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Golden Axed: A Cancelled Prototype was a limited-time free game published by Sega for Steam as part of their Go Sega 60th Anniversary campaign. It is a prototype release of a cancelled Golden Axe game titled Golden Axe Reborn. It was removed from sale on 19 October 2020.

The game was brought back to Steam after Sega announced that all of its 60th Anniversary games would be available again for 48 hours from 14 December 2020 to 16 December 2020.[2][3]

From the depths of SEGA’s archives, a glimpse of what could have been, just for the fans!

— Steam Store Page[1]


The game was originally developed in 2012 in only two weeks.[4] Programmer Tim Dawson was not informed of the game's release, or that it would be treated as a joke, and reacted angrily on Twitter.[5] In response, Sega edited the game's description to be less derisive.[6][7]



Production credits

  • Animation: Adam Dowley
  • Audio: Anne-Marie Weber
  • Environment Art: Brent Waller
  • Design Lead: Daniel Hooley
  • Production: Darius Sadeghian
  • Art Lead: Dean Ferguson
  • Animation: James Fearn-Wannan
  • Concept Art: Jeremy Love
  • Audio Lead: Jeremy Taylor
  • Character Art, 3D Logo: Koji Hashimoto
  • Studio Head: Marcus Fielding
  • Tech Lead: Mark Rowley
  • Rigging: Mauricio Milne-Jones
  • Character Art: Ruan Ji
  • Design: Sanatana Mishra
  • Environment Art: Simon Dew
  • Programming, Animation, Design: Tim Dawson
  • Rigging: Vikram Shingrani
  • Tech Art: Wayne Perry
Sanatana Mishra, Eurogamer[8]

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Golden Axe (1989) | Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder (1992) | Golden Axe: The Duel (1994) | Golden Axe (slot machine) (2010)
Sega Mega Drive
Golden Axe (1989) | Golden Axe II (1991) | Golden Axe III (1993)
Sega Master System
Golden Axe (1989) | Golden Axe Warrior (1991)
Windows PC
Golden Axe (1990)
LCD handheld game
Electronic Golden Axe (1990)
Sega Game Gear
Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe (1991)
Sega Saturn
Golden Axe: The Duel (1995)
Sony PlayStation 2
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 5: Golden Axe (2003)
Xbox 360
Sony PlayStation 3
Golden Axe: Beast Rider (2008)
Google Android OS
Golden Axe (2009) | Golden Axe (2017)
Xbox Live Arcade
Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe (2012)
Golden Axed: A Cancelled Prototype (2020)
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Golden Axe The Music (2008) | Golden Axe I & II (2016)
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