Dirty Harry (video game)
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|Developer(s)||The Collective, Inc.|
|Publisher(s)||Warner Bros. Interactive|
Dirty Harry was a canceled video game that was in development by The Collective, Inc. intended to be published by Warner Bros. Interactive. The game was to continue the story of the 1971 motion picture of the same name starring Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan, the main protagonist. Clint Eastwood was intended to reprise his role, lending his voice and likeness as well as consulting and creative input. The game was to follow the same storyline of the film, with the San Francisco detective tracking down a serial killer named Scorpio. Versions were planned for both the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360, with a release in 2007.
A trailer for the game has been the only example given of the game's gameplay or engine capabilities. It is neither a computer generated cutscene nor actual gameplay. Instead, Warner Bros. gave its models and engine schematics to an animation house to produce a simulation of the gameplay.
Warner Bros. was reluctant to release details on the gameplay, but offered a few hints. While it was never confirmed, it appears that Dirty Harry was to offer a free-roaming San Francisco. "The city of San Francisco can be a character", Warner Bros. Jason Hall said, "It can live".
One key aspect of gameplay was discussed in slight detail. As in the films, Harry Callahan walks the line between bad cop and psychopath. Players were also to walk that line. The game was to feature reactive AI, both for crooks and cops. While there was no further explanation, it appeared that if the player was soft on crooks, they may not take Harry Callahan seriously. On the other end, excessive force will put you in trouble with the police chief.
According to official press releases by Warner Bros.: "Dirty Harry helped define a genre and introduced the world to a character who has since become a cultural icon, so bringing Clint Eastwood's authentic Dirty Harry character to this next generation of consoles provides exciting promise for game playing audiences everywhere", said Jason Hall, Senior Vice President of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. "Our work with The Collective is aimed at culminating in a game with an all-new story that allows players to experience the action and suspense of the legendary franchise firsthand."
"Working with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Clint Eastwood to create a compelling, state-of-the-art game that brings Dirty Harry Callahan to life on next generation consoles is very exciting", said Doug Hare, co-founder and Vice President of Production for The Collective. "We are focused on creating genre defining story-telling gameplay, along with next generation graphics depicting action-packed sequences that are consistent with the renowned films."
The game has officially been canceled after "trouble" at The Collective. 
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- GameSpot article on Dirty Harry (working title)
- OXM overview of Dirty Harry
- Dirty Harry at the Internet Movie Database
- Gametrailers Dirty Harry trailer
- IGN article on Dirty Harry (working title)