In context: There were countless games that were labeled “vaporware.” Vaporware is any software that was announced but never released. Microsoft’s ill-fated Xenix Unix OS was the first program to earn this name. A working copy (sort of) of the famous StarCraft vaporware: Ghost has recently leaked online. Title screenshots first appeared on Sunday morning, posted by Museum of Play Curator Andrew Borman on Twitter.
Many videos of the game in action started showing up on YouTube soon after this. Many of the captures of the gameplay were taken down, presumably due to copyright violations. The influx of Ghost footage seems infinite, though.
Kotaku notes that an Xbox SDK leaked the incomplete game, and then posted online. A number of people downloaded it and got it to work on modded Xbox 360s.
Starcraft: Ghost, initially announced by Blizzard in 2003. It was expected to be a third-person shooter set in the Starcraft universe later that year, slated for an Xbox release. Blizzard was so positive about his debut that the Mayfair Curzon theater held a one-hour gameplay preview.
World of Warcraft’s creation however took precedence and moved the game back several years. The looming arrival of next-gen consoles eventually forced Blizzard to abandon the title.
There’s no indication how long the video above will remain up. Simply search for StarCraft: Ghost on YouTube if it’s broken while you read this, and you should find many more examples.