Commander Keen Mobile Game Appears to Be Canceled

Keen, We Hardly Knew Ye

The Commander Keen mobile game appears to have been canceled. While there has not yet been an official announcement, there is mounting evidence that Bethesda Softworks and Zenimax might be quietly putting this game to bed.

"Good news, that Commander Keen mobile game has been officially [canceled]," states a tweet from @Nitomatta. "Seems like ZeniMax Online Studios realized how much of a terrible idea it was and deleted almost every single trace of it off social media."

 
 

The tweet then links to the Zenimax's games page which no longer lists the Commander Keen mobile game — and the situation surrounding this game only gets stranger from there.

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Is the Commander Keen Mobile Game Canceled?

Further evidence of a possible cancellation mounts once a bit of digging is done. The game's official website (https://commanderkeen.bethesda.net/en-us/home) now redirects to the standard Bethesda frontpage. There are other oddities, too — for example, this official article talking about the game's announcement embeds a trailer that has now been rendered private. In fact, all the videos regarding Commander Keen on the Bethesda Softworks Youtube channel are no longer publicly visible.

On the flip side of things, the game's web presence hasn't been removed from every just yet. One such example is the Commander Keen mobile game store page on Google Play. That store page may also indicate why it might have been canceled — it currently features only 9 reviews and boasts a depressingly-low score of 1.9 out of 5 stars.

The Commander Keen mobile game was originally announced at E3 2019. It was supposed to launch later in Summer 2019, but the game never had a full-blown launch like it was supposed to as far as we can tell.

While no official announcement has been made just yet, it certainly does look like this upcoming Commander Keen game might not be coming out. We've reached out to Bethesda Softworks for more information and will update this article when we receive a reply.

What do you think of the Commander Keen mobile game? If it is indeed canceled, do you think that was the right move? Let us know in the comments below!

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Robert N. Adams

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!