Kadokawa Games cancels Metal Max Wild West

Kadokawa Games has formally announced the cancellation of Metal Max Wild West. The title was originally revealed as Metal Max Xeno Reborn 2 in 2019. The sequel to Metal Max Xeno Reborn, a same-generation remake of the 2018 title Metal Max Xeno, was due to come out for the PS4 and Switch in 2020.

In 2021, Kadokawa announced Metal Max Wild West as the new title for Reborn 2, with 2022 as its newer release window. The company also teased that the game would have a new protagonist, while Talis and Toni⁠—the hero and heroine of Xeno⁠—would also return in some capacity.

The cancellation of Wild West may also bring the status of Code Zero into question. The third project announced in 2019 still has no release window or platforms announced to this day. In the meanwhile, the series team worked on another project that was not part of the original announcements; they made Metal Dogs, a shooting action game starring the series' mascot dog Pochi that is now available on the PS4, Switch, and PC via Steam.

We have translated Kadokawa Games' full statement on the cancellation of Metal Max Wild West, which you can read right below:

We hereby inform that we have decided to cancel the development of Metal Max Wild West for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

We proceeded on the development of Metal Max Wild West as the series' latest title while aiming to release it in 2022. But after taking things like the current development progress into consideration, we ended up with the decision to cancel the development.

We heartfeltly apologize for causing a great bother to all related people and fans who had been looking forward [to this game] due to this decision.