Considering the rapid release of games these days, it’s often difficult to keep track of what’s been released and what to stay up to date with. In the deluge of titles and the highly competitive environment of gaming, a few notable franchises have fallen behind, so we’re going to look at a few that are in desperate need of a new release.
Devil May Cry
The initial DMC franchise had four entries of varying quality; the first and third had the best responses while the second is (by most) considered to be a DMC game in name only, while the fourth had excellent gameplay but a slightly mediocre story and repetitive environments. There was an attempted revival in 2013 with DmC: Devil May Cry, which received a positive response for its level design and gameplay, but not so much for its story, mostly because established fans were divided on the new interpretation of the protagonist, Dante. DmC’s ending left itself open to be built on, but no information on a sequel has been released, which is a shame since this franchise deserves to be expanded upon.
Prince of Persia
When it comes to gaming heavyweights, Prince of Persia is a name that most gamers will recognise, if even just for the franchise’s pedigree and history. Its library features over ten entries released since 1989, and as far as the platforming genre goes, it’s the gaming version of royalty. Unfortunately, its last outing was in 2013 and was a simple HD remake of Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame for iOS and mobile devices. Without a title on any current-gen system, there’s a huge gap for any interested developer to try and exploit the power of the PS4, Xbox One, and PC to return the Prince to his former glory.
It hasn’t been that long since we visited the sky-city of Columbia in BioShock Infinite in 2013, but BioShock’s universe has hit a bit of a standstill since Infinite’s release, especially considering the fantastic reputation of the franchise and established fanbase. Irrational Games announced that Infinite would be their last game in the series, meaning the IP remains with the publisher, 2K Games. But, due to expectations attached to the franchise, it will take some courage for a studio to step up and take a crack at a new game, so for the time-being, we’ll have to replay the previous entries.
Jak and Daxter
Naughty Dog is a studio that seems to have a pristine track-record, giving gamers Crash Bandicoot in the 90s, Jak & Daxter and Uncharted in the 2000s, and more recently The Last of Us – all of which have reviews and player ratings most developers could only dream of. The Jak & Daxter franchise is among the best when it comes to modern platformers, but released its last main game back in 2012. The lack of games is understandable, as Naughty Dog’s time and attention has been focused on continuing the highly-rated The Last of Us series, but Jak and his buddy seriously need to make an appearance again. Fortunately, there have been some rumours of a re-imagination of the series happening behind the scenes, but nothing official has been released.
Another character that has a long and illustrious history in gaming is the Blue Bomber, who started his career way back in 1987 and has appeared in over 50 games during that time. Due to some problems at Capcom, the IP was iced out for a while, but it seems like long time fans have something to look forward to in 2018 as Mega Man 11, a traditional side-scroller, has been slated for release on Xbox One, PS4, Windows, and the Nintendo Switch. Prior to this announcement the last game in the series came out ten years ago, which is way too long for one of gaming’s most iconic characters to be on hiatus for.
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