Thanks to TNL for their new feature exploring the unreleased Dreamcast online-enabled flight title, Propeller Arena
, which was cancelled in 2001 "at the last moment in the wake of the September 11th tragedy."
The article points out: "Initially, Sega's pulling the plug on Propeller Arena might have seemed a bit of an overreaction to the events of 9/11. After all, what did a fantastical WWII-style arcade game have in common with modern day events?"
However, the writer has had a chance to play a near-final Beta of the title, and suggests that "...once one actually plays the game Sega's decision seems much more understandable. One level is called 'Airport,' while another, 'Tower City,' is apparently patterned after Manhattan, the anchoring feature of the stage's city skyline being huge replicas of the World Trade Center's Twin Towers."
But he finishes by praising it as "one of the most graphically pleasing ganes for the console"
, and arguing that the "fun factor of the online mode would have been through the roof."