5 Gaming Franchises That Desperately Need to Return

Like any popular entertainment medium, a significant portion of the gaming landscape is dominated by popular franchises such as Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and Super Mario. Because videogames require a more serious financial investment from its consumers, with a typical game costing $60 as opposed to a $12 movie ticket, videogame franchises can rarely afford to falter, both creatively and technically. The results are a large number of videogame franchises going strong for decades as a result of quality sequels.

However, while gaming franchises live and die on the quality of their titles, there are several of them that, although wildly popular and highly respected, haven’t seen new entries to their rosters in a very long time. These are often the result of financial disagreements, legal fracases and various other reasons not related to fan demand, and so we’re going to be taking a look at five dormant gaming franchises that absolutely deserve a comeback right the hell now.

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Relientk773323d ago

Definitely agree with Earthworm Jim, would love to see him comeback

he's awesome

Cartmans3323d ago

Shinobi - YES
Mechwarrior - NO
Earthworm Jim - YES
Half Life - NO

Nwah3323d ago

Why the hell wouldn't you want to see a new game in those franchises? That is the stupidest mindset I've seen on this site.

Retroman3323d ago (Edited 3323d ago )


i personally rather play Cartman selections of games and those i've pick " New Clayfighter ,New Conkers,New Battle toads ,New Battle arena toshiden ,New Contra, New Gradius,New Metroid,New Castlevania". than same games over an over an over an over an over an over for another 7 years repititive open world military shooters, Zombie open world hack an slash gore games .
we need something New n fresh not same ol boring military -Zombie open world shooters / hack an slash games .

irishyort3322d ago

@Nwah ... sorry I have to disagree. Clearly you haven't read any of MY comments if you think this is the stupidest mindset you've seen on this site.

90% of my stupid comments are written after 1am and generally very well into a dizzy buzz. Cartmans while disagreeable are not the stupidest.

? Anyway does Fallout need to be revived... It seems to be going the way of HL and I'm getting worried now there's be no word of it for ages!

AudioEppa3323d ago (Edited 3323d ago )

I want a sequel to burnout paradise, because no arcade/social car game has even come close to it's legendary status imo. It's not about taking cars serious, it was about the fun, the people, the locations, the big jumps, the t-bones, the music in game or custom and the rivals.

People could become best friends in that game, become enemies too or fall in love lol

Burnout Paradise was the call of duty of car games, countless hours you could put could put that game without even noticing it, it was just the perfect pick up and play online fun.

Valenka3323d ago

Definitely agree with Stalker and Half-Life. I'd like to see the James Bond, BloodRayne and Timesplitters franchises return as well.

PS4isKing_823323d ago

Give me burnout, SSX, maximo, atv: off-road fury, onimusha, klonoa, timesplitters.

paddy953323d ago

Modern warefare remaster!

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Josh Sawyer, Pentiment Director, Comments on Industry Burnout Issues

Josh Sawyer tweets: "I believe burnout has already replaced crunch as the primary hazard of the game industry. Managers are setting teams up to fail and devs are getting ground up as collateral damage. I have suffered from burnout myself. It's no joke. Thanks to @thewritegame and @Eeoor for the talk.

As with crunch, it's likely that managers may acknowledge creating the circumstances leading to burnout but will not take the necessary steps to change them. It's important that devs continue to talk to and support each other and to apply pressure until change is effected."

anast13h ago

Typically burnout comes from abusive management.

N3mzor11h ago

"Flood has replaced the faulty dam as the primary hazard of the valley"


Wired Productions is kicking-off its Wired Direct 2024 digital showcase on April 23rd, 2024

"Indie publishing powerhouse Wired Productions is throwing open the door to its secret games room with the revival of Wired Direct.

This digital showcase will shine a spotlight on the publisher's exciting 2024 lineup, including sensational new games, release dates, first looks and a couple of surprises on the night!" - Wired Productions.


Yuji Naka guilty of insider trading breaks silence to accuse Square Enix producer of lies

Yuji Naka was fined $1.2 million and given a suspended jail sentence for the crime.

Profchaos2d ago (Edited 2d ago )

I find his comments around how Balan turned out to be very insightful as to why the game is trash. He basically apologises for its existence

solideagle1d 15h ago

can you please give some of us who don't know anything about this, a summary of what happened?

Chocoburger1d 15h ago

Balan was knowingly rushed out by S-E, it had an extremely short dev cycle and was fairly low budget.
Naka was the game's director until near the end when he was fired or perhaps he quit, I forgot.

carrotcakeag1d 13h ago

@Chocoburger Yeah they did fire and replace him which caused him to unload a bunch of rants about the company. The project only existed because of Naka in the first place, he convinced Square to give him one shot at making a platformer. They gave him an opportunity but pulled the rug out before he was done for reasons not explained.