A demo for an unannounced Gex Jr game has apparently appeared online.
The short demo, which was posted on YouTube by user justz00t, was added to Archive.org by a user who found the unannounced game on an old CD-R.
According to the user who posted the demo to the archive website, the CD-R it was found on was dated January 25, 2001.
In the demo, Gex Jr spouts pop culture references similar to the main series. “I’m your father, Luke” can be heard within seconds, a misquote from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
Late last year, Square Enix scooped up the rights to the ’90s platforms in European territories, although so far nothing has come of this acquisition.
The first Gex is a platform game developed by Crystal Dynamics. It was originally released for the 3DO in 1995; ports of the game for PlayStation and Sega Saturn were later developed by Beam Software, and a PC version was licensed by Microsoft and released for Microsoft Windows.
The last game in the series, Gex: Deep Cover Gecko was released for PlayStation in 1999.
If the date of this leaked demo is accurate, it could suggest that Gex Jr was intended to be a sequel to the series, featuring a new, younger version of Gex.
However, in January 2001, the PlayStation 2 was already gaining momentum, so it’s possible that Square halted development of the platformer due to its status as a PS1 game.
In 2015, Square launched the Square Enix Collective platform which would allow independent developers to launch the company’s games using some of Square’s franchises, including Gex.
It is unknown if the program is still running, however, so far no Gex games have emerged yet.