Originally Posted by Hayden
Yes, but money had already gone into the game and development was well past the half-way point. If money had already been spent on the game, why not just finish the damned thing off? And I can assure you that the game would have been more successful than 'Grim Fandango', because 'Freelance Police' was a sequel of an already loved game while 'Grim Fandango' was a completely new game and concept.
While I hate to defend LucasArts it is worth pointing out that the sales of Escape from Monkey Island were also pretty lackluster and there isn't a more beloved Adventure game franchise than Monkey Island; so while you could say Freelance Police could have been more successful than Grim Fandango there are no guarantees it would have been a hit.
It is however feasible that had it garnered good reviews from critics and positive word of mouth from fans that it could have turned around the disturbing trend of declining Adventure games sales at that time, but now we'll never know because LucasArts canned it.