Which Franchise Should Not Make The Next-Gen Jump?
Pretty much every game we see these days is tied to a franchise. They’re all sequels of sequels of sequels. Eventually there will be no new IPs or fresh characters, everything will be a copy of a copy of a copy. Pretty dystopian gaming future, right? I made it myself.
It’s of course a gross exaggeration and who’s to say we can’t get fresh characters and new ideas from within a franchise? Sometimes more so than from a derivative so-called new IP.
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Some franchises have been with us for a very, very long time and across so many different platforms. I’m talking Resident Evil, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Sold, Need for Speed and the like. However, you can’t keep going forever and sometimes you need to know when to quit, start anew.
Resident Evil needs to die, Dead Space seems to be treading water, Final Fantasy lost itself but might be making a triumphant return with its new entries set to release on next-gen consoles. In fact, even Splinter Cell is questionable since the series has been treading water for years and Blacklist wasn’t exactly a full return to form. Especially since it underperformed according to Ubisoft.
It’s simple really, which franchises should be left to die on this console generation without us ever seeing its face again on PS4 or Xbox One.
As much as I am a fan of it, Prince of Persia comes to mind purely because Ubisoft doesn’t seem to remember what made the original trilogy so great.
Bonus question: which franchise should be revived or rebooted on next-gen consoles?