Back before the Flash had a hit TV show or appeared in any blockbuster films, he almost had his very own open world video game. As unearthed by Unseen64, Bottle Rocket, Brash Entertainment and Warner Bros. once collaborated on a "Flash" video game that was set to debut in 2009, but was scrapped when Brash Entertainment went out of business in 2008.
However, "The Flash" video game was well into development when Brash Entertainment went under. There exists plenty of game play footage from the scrapped project, as well as a few mechanics and plot points. Check out the video below for a whopping 17-minute play-by-play of this unreleased "Flash" video game:
Initially, this "Flash" game was intended to take place in fictional cities all over the country, including Gotham. However, this proved to be a little too ambitious for one of the developer's first projects, and they narrowed their scope to Keystone City and Central City. The game focused on Wally West, who took up the mantle of The Flash after Barry Allen sacrificed himself to save the universe. As such, the game followed Wally as he learned his speed abilities; that way, the game could add in more abilities and combos with probable cause as the game advanced.
The main storyline -- which was penned with some help from DC Comics legend Marv Wolfman -- was intended to have 10-15 chapters, with each one revolving around a different member of the Flash's Rogues. These included Weather Wizard, Murmur, Captain Boomerang, Pied Piper, the Top, Mirror Master, Captain Cold and Tar Pit. The game would have culminated in learning that a character who had been helping him all along was, in fact, Reverse Flash. In the conclusion, the Flash would fight Gorilla Grodd as well as Reverse Flash, who would challenge Flash to a battle inside the Speed Force itself.
The game also had side quests. Though the side quests didn't help or hinder the progress of the main storyline, they did impact the Flash's world; that is, the more side quests that were completed, the more people he saved, and the people of Keystone City and Central City would show their appreciation by cheering on the Flash and building statues in his honor, which would lead to the construction of the Flash Museum.
An online multiplayer function was also planned. This mode would enable players to select a speedster character from the Flash's stable, including Jay Garrick, Max Mercury, the Rival, Impulse, Kid Flash, Jesse Quick, Reverse Flash and more.
While you might not be able to play the Scarlet Speedster on your game system, you can catch "The Flash" when it returns to The CW on Tuesday, January 24 at 8 pm ET/PT. The series stars Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Keiynan Lonsdale and more.