NCsoft has just canceled Project HON, the Unreal Engine 4-powered mech combat game that was looking like it could be something special, judging by the first couple of trailers. Fast, powerful and beautiful, it was shaping up to be the dream cross between Transformers and the sadly long gone game Exteel, curiously also from NCsoft.
The reasoning behind this cancellation is somewhere along the lines of Project HON not being suited to the current gaming market in South Korea, so the studio decided to focus on Lineage Eternal: Twilight Resistance and the MOBA game Master X Master. However, the fact that three elements in the Project HON team were caught in an embezzlement scandal (pocketing thousands of dollars that should have been used in the development of the game) also didn’t help.
Project HON surely had a lot of potential and we believe there’s no short amount of players wanting a great mech combat game, also judging by the bitterness surrounding Exteel when it was shut down. Oh well, I guess we’ll finally have Blade and Soul in North America… or maybe not.