Alright people, here it is: My tribute to a great game that never got a chance. From everything I heard, this could could have been simply amazing! Very little about the game is known now, but what was concrete was this:

1. PowerSlave 2 was only going to be available on the PSX and PC.
2. Had you of collected all of the Team Dolls, and kept your saved game on the same card, when you began PowerSlave 2 you would have started with special weapon or piece of equipment.
3. PowerSlave 2 was going to be from a 3rd person point of view.
4. To make your way through the game you would have to travel back and forth from the real world to the afterlife.
5. The PC version was definitely going to be multiplayer.

Unfortunately, that's all that we really knew about PowerSlave 2. One interview was done about it, and I have a few of the initial graphics and art that were to be used in the actual game as well, but that's about it. Sorry.


Egyptian Hottie

Angry Lion

Even angrier Alligator

Egyptian Landscape
To the side is a little pic I put together in Photoshop using the pictures from the interview. You can click on it for a larger view, if you like.

(below is a transcript of the interview between GameFan's Knightmare and the good folks at Lobotomy. Towards the end, I threw in some of my thoughts as this was originally a usenet thread)

Development is currently underway for the sequel to Lobotomy's hugely underrated corridor masterpiece: Powerslave. Knightmare recently took a trip to Lobotomy's new HQ near Seattle to get the scoop.

Powerslave 2 in Development:
GF: Tell us about the story for Powerslave 2?

: The game is set in ancient Egypt, thousands of years before the first Powerslave. At the start of the game, Ra(the sun God) disappears, causing a permanent solar eclipse on the land. It turns out that he has been abducted by one of his arch rivals, and it's your job to rescue him and return light to the world. As a young Egyptian warrior you must seek out the various Egyptian Gods and attempt to gain their supernatural powers, in order to ultimately challenge and defeat Ra's rival.

GF: You've stated that Powerslave 2 will be a 3rd person adventure, like Tomb Raider. How much will a 3rd person perspective alter the gameplay? Will it play more like Tomb Raider?

LOB: No, it's much more action oriented that Tomb Raider. There's more involvement with each enemy, more hand to hand combat. There will be some enemies that you can crush quickly, like the spiders in Powerslave, but for the most part, combat will be a little bit more complex. We want to give the creatures more believable A.I. So they can run and hide and come back out on
the other side of you and attack.

GF: Will the combat be like Powerslave?

LOB: It will still be weapon based, but this time there's a lot of hand to hand combat. The hand to hand will be a simplified version of a one on one fighter, like Tekken. As you close in on an enemy the camera pulls out to the side so you get a better view of the action.

GF: Will the camera system be similar to other 3rd person adventures, like Tomb Raider?

LOB: There will be all sorts of cameras, but for the most part it will follow you around and stay behind you so you can see the action clearly. In certain areas there might not be room for the camera so we'll put in a more dramatic camera. As you walk into the room you might want to have a side view so you can see a God or a big enemy approaching. We're going to have very dynamic camera use.

GF: Will you still have the world map screen for accessing levels?

LOB: No, There's a map you'll see for reference but you won't be able to use it to change levels. You'll actually have to physically travel from place to place. It's kind of like Tobal 2's Quest Mode, where you go from area to are, and it loads another area quickly. But you'll need a special ability to reach the Afterlife.

GF: What's the Afterlife?

LOB: Instead of just having regular 3D play like in Powerslave, we are actually going to include a 4th dimension - The Afterlife. The Afterlife will be a whole 'nother supernatural work, mapped over the world you are already on. Once you gain the ability to cross over you can travel between the two worlds at will. By doing certain things in one world, you can alter the physical appearance of the other.

GF: So you're going to design two interlocking version of every level!?

LOB: Pretty much. They're going to be pretty involved.

GF: How do you reach the Afterlife?

LOB: It's an ability you acquire about 3 levels into the game, the first time you die. We'll use if for puzzles and shortcuts, and for reaching areas that you couldn't previously get to without the ability. The Afterlife is basically a continuation of the non linear game structure we had in the first Powerslave. In fact, Powerslave 2 will be even less linear than Powerslave. In Powerslave 2 you can actually skip some of the Gods and not get all the weapons, or abilities. You don't need everything to complete the game.

GF: Will the main character have superhuman powers like in Powerslave?

LOB: Kind of. He's a little bit more super human than most characters. But he won't be crazy like he was in Powerslave, where you could fly around for an unlimited amount of time or jump up higher than your height. But it will be close to that. You'll be able to get powers from different Gods.

GF: How much will the level design differ from the first Powerslave?

LOB: We want the environments to be lusher than Poweslave. Not as much sandstone. Larger scale. More decorative. One of the important things we want to try and accomplish, what we didn't do in Powerslave, is the distinction between natural terrain and man made terrain. They kind of blended together in Powerslave. Hopefully we can create more natural looking terrain and more interesting man made structures. You know, rolling hills and rounded surfaces, instead of having everything squared off.

GF: Are you using the same graphics engine?

LOB: No, it's a new engine. I mean, we're using the same tools we used to build the other engine, but it has a bunch of different techniques depending on whether you're indoors or outdoors. I'd definitely call it new.

GF: Will Powerslave 2 be multiplayer?

LOB: The PC version definitely will be. As for the Playstation version, I think we probably do a link cable mode.

GF: Is there any connection between Powerslave and Powerslave 2, besides the Egyptian theme?

LOB: A few of the characters are back, some of the weapons, some of the Gods. The Cobra Staff if in there, but it comes in two forms. And it's not a staff anymore. Plus we're throwing in a weapon similar to the controllable missiles in Death Tank.

GF: Will there be Team Dolls?

LOB: Wait and see...
(here is where the interview stopped and my comments on usenet began)
Now, let me straighten something out here people: We had what was going to be a game with an environment on a more grand scale than Tomb Raider, action like Duke Nukem: Time to Kill, character models BETTER than anything seen on the PSX, more complex traveling than Soul Reaver's dimension warping and a multiplayer mode that utilized the link cable....and I AM THE ONLY ONE UPSET!?

Doesn't that have anyone else salivating!? My God, I about died when I heard it got cancelled and Crave pretty much bought Lobotomy, split them up and put them to work on other projects. The character design was so smooth too, Paul Lange said that they had a demo up and running to show off the new 3D world and characters models but still didn't get to many bites for publishers. Now that's what really gets me, crap developers are churning out the same old shit every single day...and yet quality companies like Lobotomy, with amazing software and true innovation are left out in the cold....

BTW, Lobotomy also said that because the PSX version got shipped before they could put in DeathTank or any extras, that people who had finished the game with all the dolls could use that save to begin with a more powered up character in part 2.

> the music in Exhumed is amazing btw

Yes it is, and mostly because Scott Branston is a genius. Unfortunately I didn't get to meet him while I was there. With Dominick's level design, Scott's sound direction and Ezra's amazing ability to program anything you give to him Powerslave 2 could have been a gift from the Gods themselves. Look at what they did with Duke on Saturn, but moreso Quake! I mean, come on, NO developer would have had the balls to say "We can make it work"...but they said it...and more importantly did it.

Bel, who misses the greatest game developer of all time: Lobotomy

To view the Lobotomy PowerSlave 2 interview from GameFan magazine, click here.