Dead Franchises

We’ve all got those dead franchise emotions, wishing that there would be a hint of activity, news or production which is legitimate. What are yours? Any bets for which franchises will get a revival soon? Any you just want to rant about the death of or which intrigue you?

Personally (as may be obvious from my current avi!) I’m in mourning over Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver and Blood Omen. I’m being toyed around like a yoyo every 6 months with revival news which just collapses into nothing!

What am I expecting to receive a revival soon though? We’re in a fighting game renaissance and Virtua Fighter is going to come up kicking (in 64bit 3D!)

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Loved Soul Reaver as a kid. Was terrible at it but remember renting it multiple times.

I’d love to see a new Dino Crisis, I haven’t been bothered to play the RE remakes but would adore a Dino Crisis reboot, love the atmosphere and mood of the first game.

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Still waiting for the real follow-up to MGS3 tbh.

Definitely echo the Soul Reaver franchise.

Until I’m actually playing the remake I consider KOTOR series dead. With the Jedi games doing well (and being single player) I thought this remake was a shoe-in to have no development hell and possibly get a spin off. Nahhh.

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For the longest time, I lamented the death of Timesplitters. My favourite FPS franchise bar none, and didn’t deserve to just fade from existence in the late 2000s when it was so far ahead of many FPS’s that came a generation later.

And then I saw the leaked footage of the now-cancelled Timesplitters: Next and realised that some beloved franchises should stay dead, for preservation’s sake. Because what they did to my boy was harrowing. Fortnite clone, live service bullshit.

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Metal Gear Solid :crying_cat_face:

I would literally kill a real baby to get another legit KOTOR entry.

Couldn’t agree more. Dino Crisis is ripe for a new adaptation. I don’t want a remake or remaster, I want something new. That goes for any of these franchises. We’re at the point in gaming were Hollywood was in regards to cinema a decade ago. Everything is rehashing old territory, or remaking it. We’re finally getting some new, solid films and I hope in the coming decade the remake/remaster cash cow gets put out to pasture.

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I know exactly that sentiment. LoK nearly had a multiplayer battle arena release (it technically did make a closed beta release) which just shat on the principles of the series. Sometimes these projects belong buried in the Nevada desert alongside ET for NES.

I can’t fucking believe I played Kotor I and II for the first time about 12 - 13 months before the remake announcement, only for it to fall silent. I’ve never pulled myself to such a depression pitfall so drastically before in my life.

This I fully believe is on the way. Capcom have shown competency lately and I think it’ll last for DC1 and 2 remake. RE2 Remake is one of my all time favourite games. I fucking hope they happen lmao.

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I was tempted to specify no shop talk. Guess I judged you all way too generously not to bring up this dodo of a franchise!

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It’s the only one that tugs at my heart strings. Seeing what Konami has done with the franchise since MGSV has been like watching a deadbeat step parent force their child to work at a brothel under threat of violence.

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KOTOR is a huge one. I loved 1 & 2 and awaited the third entry for so long in vain. :frowning:

Also would have loved a third Dishonored game. We has two more islands to explore!

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Wouldn’t mind a new Drakengard game. For the longest time my only memory of 3 was one song that would occasionally play in my head, but I could never remember what it was from. I was scrolling through my PS3 games once and it finally clicked when I saw its cover. The Nier Replicant remake gave me hope that they might consider giving Drakengard 1 or 3 the same treatment.

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A franchise I deeply miss and would love to see rise from the ashes is the Half-Life series. Valve’s groundbreaking mix of immersive storytelling, innovative gameplay mechanics, and richly detailed world-building set a gold standard for first-person shooters. The cliffhanger ending of Half-Life 2: Episode Two left fans yearning for closure and the continuation of Gordon Freeman’s epic journey.

Reviving the Half-Life series with today’s technology could deliver an experience like no other, blending the franchise’s classic elements with modern advancements. A return to this world, with its intricate puzzles and gripping narrative, would be a seismic event in the gaming industry!

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I’ve never played HL despite the praise it gets nonstop. I know HL3 is a bit of a meme now, but if there’s any franchise which I feel deserves it by now, it’s that lmao.

I did play L4D2 a tonne back in the day. Such a good game and back in the day, the community was just brilliant lmao. I miss the peak of that game and it’s multiplayer.

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Completely forgot about Valve’s games. Would adore to see a new Portal and L4D game. L4D2 was so unbelievably fun.

Also I forgot Syphon Filter.

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Wish I hadn’t missed the boat with Syphon Filter, remember playing a demo as a kid and thinking it was class, but never got the full game.

Tried playing it a few months ago as part of the PS+ premium games list, but it’s feeling pretty archaic these days.

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It’s really rough these days that’s for sure, still have fond memories of figuring out a bit in it at a museum or something where you couldn’t use any guns. Dark Mirror is probably the one that has technically aged best but even that isn’t great.

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