All video games go through changes in the early design stages. Designers hold onto the good bits, weave in new ideas, and try their best to bury the bad ones where no one will ever, ever find them. Generally that means minor tweaks and adjustments — you can’t massively overhaul a game once you’ve already begun, right? Actually, you wouldn’t recognize many of your favorite games if you stumbled across them early in development.
Below are five beloved games that started out as something completely different.
Unless you’ve been trapped in an underwater city for the last decade, you’ve probably played Bioshock. But the earliest version didn’t even take place in Rapture, one of the most captivating settings in gaming. The location was a space station bursting at the seams with horrible mutants.