Fran­chises

The games in­dus­try is lit­tered with the rust­ing hulks of once-great fran­chises. here are some that we’d like to see res­ur­rected on xbox

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Mod­ern games fran­chises of­ten earn a bad rep – de­servedly so, if they be­come an an­nual non­event that might as well have been churned out by a sausage-fac­tory. But there are plenty of clev­erly cu­rated ones which bring us vast amounts of joy – think of the likes of GTA, Halo, As­sas­sin’s Creed, Tomb Raider, Fall­out, The El­der Scrolls, Far Cry and Forza. Back in the day, when new gen­res were still emerg­ing on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, only the very best games de­vel­oped into fran­chises. Many of those then fell by the way­side, of­ten due to pre­vail­ing eco­nomic con­di­tions or in­ex­pli­ca­ble de­ci­sions by pub­lish­ers.

Now that the games in­dus­try is patently strug­gling to de­velop new ideas, we say it’s time to bring back these ven­er­a­ble fran­chises for Xbox One. We miss all these games ter­ri­bly, and if they were res­ur­rected (then nur­tured prop­erly), they’d make their mod­ern equiv­a­lents seem pale and un­in­ter­est­ing. So how about it, mod­ern pub­lish­ers? Stop grind­ing out an­nual yawn-fests, and bring back these ter­rific de­funct fran­chises!

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