|LEGO Racers 4|
LEGO Racers 4 was a canceled video game in development by ATD, around 2002-2003. The game was a sequel to ATD's previous LEGO game, Drome Racers (which was internally known as LEGO Racers 3). ATD had also previously created Rocket Racers and LEGO Racers 2.
According to its writer, the game's story was about Max Axel disappearing, and his younger brother entering Drome Racing to find him. Shicane's sister may have been introduced, trying to prove herself in the Drome as well. A new planned gameplay mechanic was an extreme speed boost which also affected the game's field of view to boost the sense of speed further, but was difficult to control.
The game's most noteworthy technical feature was a new game engine that would have allowed streaming of data from the DVD during play, allowing for a play area much larger and intricate than that of any previous LEGO games, or even most other console video games of the era. Unfortunately, LEGO and EA weren't confident in the new technology, and thus canceled the project.
According to the writer, work on the game didn't last long before it was canceled. While substantial work was put into the new game engine during that time, the game itself was never playable.
The team involved went to work on Ion Runner, a non-LEGO game created by ATD. Unfortunately this project was never completed either, due to ATD and their parent group, Kaboom (which also owned Silicon Dreams, the developers of LEGO Island 2, Soccer Mania, and Island Xtreme Stunts) going out of business.
In 2004, ads surfaced for another LEGO racing game, LEGO Racers CC. While confirmed to be unrelated to LEGO Racers 4, this game was also canceled. This trend would continue in 2008/2009, when yet another game - LEGO Racers: The Video Game - was advertised, but canceled.