Video game preservation community Hidden palace uploaded more than 700 video game demo and prototype files from the PlayStation 2 era over the weekend. The collection, called Project Deluge, consists of “PlayStation 2 Builds Confirmed as Unique and Inconsistent with Final Build” of the games. Many of the games and demos can be played on a Windows PC via emulators.
The collections in Project Deluge were uploaded by “various non-existent media, developers and bits and pieces of various collectors over a period of time,” Hidden Palace said on his website
“These aging items were miraculously saved from destruction, disposal, or sale by one person’s Herculean efforts,” wrote Hidden Palace. “This person not only took on the task of single-handedly securing everything in their possession, but was also so kind that we were able to view and store every object in their collection without any conditions. Yes that’s true. Back for nothing. “
There are currently 752 games and demos uploaded as part of the collection. Hidden Palace researchers said the project was “so massive” that it “dwarfs everything we have tackled so far”.
The sheer amount of builds in the collection means there’s a ton of things to sift through, but some of the highlights are E3 prototypes from Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of the Cortex and Shadow of the colossusas well as prototypes and previews of Dino stalker, Katamari Damacy, God’s hand, and Final Fantasy 10-2. Hidden Palace has played through a number of games during a six hour live stream over the weekend to highlight games like The simpsons Skateboarding and Ty the Tasmanian Tiger.