We've all heard of the concept of milking a franchise. It's one thing to point fingers at a publisher and observe how they make their business decisions based on making a quick buck off a popular franchise. It's another thing to watch as that franchise withers away as all the creative juices get sucked out of it. Gamers get bored, the development team would rather tie nooses around their necks than work on yet another sequel, and the publishers who hoped to milk the franchise for all its worth only end up with a sinking ship.
It's not a pleasant sight for anyone to see. A franchise needs the proper care and attention to remain a force for many generations. It's nice to see how after many ups and downs, series such as Zelda, Final Fantasy, Castlevania, Street Fighter, and Metal Gear are still alive and kicking. They've been given enough time between releases and freshness to their gameplay to make them exciting with each new iteration. But, then there are video game series gone wrong. They start off successful but go down the drain as they're squeezed dry.
We take a look at some franchises that aren't being given the appropriate amounts of time in between sequels. They need to take a break before gamer fatigue sets in.