Area 51 (Jul 23, 2004 prototype)

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Area 51 (Jul 23, 2004 prototype)
Build date Jul 23, 2004 20:17:31
Build name N/A
Dump status Released, redump needed
Released by Hidden Palace
File release date September 18, 2021
Origin DVD-R
Lot Project Deluge
Labels A51
Dump method Memorex MRX-650LE v6 AM61 (PowerISO)
Game Area 51
System Xbox
Genre First-Person Shooter, Survival Horror
Final build JP Unreleased
EU Apr 6, 2005
US Apr 6, 2005
Release date JP Unreleased
EU May 27, 2005
US Apr 25, 2005
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A prototype of Area 51 for the Xbox.


  • Compiled around 9 and a half months before the final US build.
  • This is a demo build that would later be included on OXM Demo Disc 37.
  • The game initially boots to a XBE launcher.
  • Missing all the opening FMVs and menus.
  • Different title screen.
  • Different HUD.
  • Different gameplay mechanics.
  • Different level design and layouts.
  • An unused level titled The Hot Zone can be accessed via hex editing. Open Files.000 in a hex editor and replace 01_LevelBlue_SL1-2 with 01_LevelBlue_SL1-1 at 0x2A4726B.
  • XBE information:
    • Internal Name: Area51
    • Maker ID and Product Number: MW-005
    • Executable Name: Area51.xbe
    • Executable checksum (MD5): d454313c2f8d4e80995aafbcafd28e83
  • Miscellaneous Notes:
    • Game is emulatable: Yes (Xemu) (as of September 12, 2021).
    • Game contains dongle protection: No.




File Type Date Size SHA-1
Xbox - A51.bin File 2021-03-09 06:42:10 3.65 GB 207cf8b83e1cfacdd27c3cb5a4a5b68b6eeb968d
Xbox - A51.cue File 2021-03-09 06:42:10 76 bytes 2340fa6c13aa315dbacca8e338910a9a3f788d38
Xbox - A51.jpeg File 2021-04-09 22:12:38 3.45 MB 068a1fbe8c1b3ba280eada0ad1176d9cd1f70a71


A huge thanks to ehw for researching this prototype! And a huge thanks to the anonymous donor that allowed for this release to happen!

See also