By Coleman Bentley
File this one under “missed opportunities,” folks. According to Mike Mika, current head developer at DigitalEclipse games, way back in the early aughts the world was on the verge of getting a legitimate ‘Happy Gilmore’ game for the OG Xbox. Then, despite the enthusiasm of everyone involved, the project fell through, never to be heard from again. We will now give you a moment to process this news and contemplate how different your life might have turned out should your youth have included this masterpiece.
At one point we were pitching this hybrid fighting and golf game with the Happy Madison crew. Good times. It should have been greenlit because it was a great idea. pic.twitter.com/Ty03MNQoP8— Mike Mika (@MikeJMika) July 16, 2021
But wait, the pill gets even tougher to swallow. The innocuous tweet from Mika quickly blew up and he began divulging more info about the scrapped game in the mentions. Originally planned to be a hybrid golf-fighting game inspired by the Atari 7800 cult classic ‘Ninja Golf’ (which Mika’s tech director at the time had worked on), the game allegedly included Abraham Lincoln and Chubbs' gator as unlockable characters and, most importantly, had the support of the Big Daddy himself. Don’t be embarrassed if you’re sobbing snotty, uncontrollable tears of remorse right now. It’s a completely normal reaction.
He was on the periphery of it all- super supportive. His brother was amazing, he was the ringer in trying to get these companies to get off their ass and also to get the right deal. We did Little Nicky with them and they were the absolute best group to work with.— Mike Mika (@MikeJMika) July 16, 2021
While the game was eventually scrapped for reasons that Mika didn’t elaborate on, perhaps there is some hope. The video game market is bigger and more diverse than ever before. Mobile, Google, and even Netflix have now joined the PC- and console-only club that was around at the time of the game’s first pitch. The world has seen and survived ‘Outlaw Golf.’ Even the PGA Tour is getting back into the gaming world in a big way. Retool the concept as an online battle royale and you just might have a new ‘Fortnite’ on your hands.
See you on Twitch, Bryson.