We live in an age of remakes and reboots, whether it’s movies, TV shows, or of course, video games, modern technology is allowing us to see classic franchises reimagined in a whole new light. While Hollywood’s efforts on this front have been a bit… hit and miss… shall we say, the video game industry has fared far better at it thus far.
In 2020, we’re getting a full-blown remake of Final Fantasy VII, launching initially on PS4 before heading to other platforms. We’re also getting a remake of Resident Evil 3, following on from the huge success of Resident Evil 2’s remake, and Resident Evil 1’s remake before that. We’re also finally getting a new Half-Life game, albeit VR, but I guess it’s better than nothing.
Still, there are dozens of dormant franchises from all major publishers that definitely deserve another look in 2020, and we decided to run down ten of our favorite titles that deserve either sequels, or full-blown reboots.
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1. Dead Space
It’s safe to say that Dead Space 1 and 2 will go down in history as two of the best horror games ever made, but unfortunately, pressures from its big-budget publisher (EA) forced the development team into some lose-lose situations with other projects that ultimately led to the studio’s closure in 2017. With this universe left in limbo since the shuttering of Visceral Games, it’s due time we see this spooky space saga make a return.
2. Mass Effect
Bioware needs to make a strong statement with its next release and while the team has confirmed development for the highly anticipated Dragon Age 4, players are left wondering when they’ll get their hands on the next sci-fi epic. Rumors begin circulating in late 2019 that a new Mass Effect was in development, so here’s to hoping we get a fresh taste of that franchise sometime very soon.
3. Silent Hill
Silent Hill is one of the most iconic survival-horror franchises in video history and pretty much created the bar we use as a standard for modern psychological horror. The fact that this iconic series has been so mismanaged for so long is downright embarrassing. If we don’t get a proper Silent Hill reboot early in this decade, it might be time to storm Konami headquarters (or not, because you know, illegal).
4. Phantom Dust
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At E3 2014, Microsoft unveiled a trailer confirming the development of a Phantom Dust reboot. Unfortunately, like many things one gets excited about, the developer assigned to the project shut down and the project scope was minimized to a simple remaster. With a stable of new, capable studios, it’s about time Xbox finds the right team to revive this incredible franchise.
5. Dino Crisis
After setting the gold standard of video game remakes with Resident Evil 2, it seems only fitting that Capcom should dive back in and give some other legacy franchises the RE Remake treatment. The time for Dino Crisis is now! Dinosaurs may not be as hot as they once were, but it’s time to face the truth – we all have a Dino Crisis shaped hole in our hearts that needs filling.
6. Disco Elysium
This indie darling even managed to win 4 separate categories at the 2019 Game Awards – more than any other game last year. These monumental wins were met with unanimous support, which highlights just how powerful of an impact Disco Elysium had on the folks who had the pleasure of experiencing it. While there was certainly a decent amount on content packed into the game at launch, fans are already eager to get their hands on a proper sequel.
7. Knights of the Old Republic
There were a host of factors that negatively impacted the development of Crackdown 3, some of which were just out of Microsoft’s control, but that doesn’t make up for the extreme amount of wasted potential this sequel initially had. Crackdown is one of Xbox’s most important co-op franchises and it’s about time Microsoft treated it as one.
9. Left 4 Dead
The rumor-mill has occasionally churned out small pieces of information that might allude to a Left 4 Dead 3 in the near future, but with nothing official, it’s hard to stay super optimistic about the franchise’s future. Thankfully, Half-Life Alyx proves that Valve is actively working on new games based on existing properties, so there’s still a chance the king of zombie shooters may be resurrected to reclaim its throne.
After waiting over a decade, it’s understandable that some folks are getting a bit impatient. It seems like every E3 there are rumors that a new Banjo-Kazooie will be revealed, but so far we haven’t gotten confirmation of even as much as a remaster of the original games. Xbox desperately needs a powerful platformer to compete in the genre with the likes of Nintendo and Playstation. The bird and the bear mean a great deal to so many people, so here’s to hoping that E3 2020 is finally the E3 we get a new Banjo-Kazooie titled confirmed.
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