Am I crazy?
Sequels and Remakes are bad for gaming. This will seem very odd coming from me as I am positively dripping with anticipation for the upcoming Last of Us 2 and Final Fantasy 7 remake.
Triple A developers should sit down together and have a “Gentlemen’s agreement” to push back and refrain from sequels and remakes for at least one year. Sacrilege I know, but hear me out.
I regularly check for upcoming releases for PC and PS4 (My two gaming platforms of choice, don’t @ me). Upon my latest scan I was greeted with an epidemic of video game sequels and remakes.
Evidence of a Sequels and Remakes epidemic in gaming?
The Last of Us 2, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, and Mortal Kombat 11 on the Playstation 4.
Doom Eternal, Borderlands 3 and Dying Light 2 were high on my list for PC.
I imagine many of the games may be interchangeable on platform but you get the picture. I admit some of my favourite games are remakes and sequels as evidenced by the much praised Resident Evil 2 remake and Division 2. However it is time that we give the old heroes a rest and embrace creativity and innovation.
Sequels and Remakes: A Gentlemen’s agreement.
Ignore the word gentlemen people I am coining a phrase that you can feel free to read as Gentlemen/women or whatever suffix suits. I propose the Triple A developers get together and take sequels and remakes off the table for one year only. Let us call it an industry reset. Allow us to take stock of what developers can do to games already in existence but yet ponder what they can create going forward.
Why only Triple A developers?
Honest answer is I don’t believe small indie developers have this issue. They are not reliant on groundbreaking graphics and bank busting budgets to put a game to market. Indie developers have to constantly come up with new ideas to break the strangle hold of the Triple A developers therefore they cannot rely on making the same game over and over but simply making it “prettier” for want of a better word.
Celeste, Dead Cells and Cuphead are all great examples. All lauded games, critically well received and not sequels and remakes.
On the other hand we see the repeat of games on PC and Console from the big developers. Often with better graphics, beautiful scenery and paper thin with content; at least until the inevitable DLC!
Do I hate sequels and remakes?
Not at all. My most celebrated games of all time have been of this ilk. Resident Evil 2: Remake is an amazing game, as is Half Life 2 and Uncharted 2.
But for every super sequel and remarkable remake we have Duke Nukem Forever to soil the underwear of the gaming industry.
So why ban them?
Perhaps ban is a little harsh on sequels and remakes however I still support a gentlemen’s agreement. I believe resisting the temptation to pump out sequel after sequel may lead the developers to thinking a bit more about about their next gaming venture. If you remove the safety net of the existing fan bases lazy writing can be punished accordingly and gameplay innovated. Developers will have to go all out to entice consumers to buy their product, thus improving quality and weeding out the bone idle.
Not the only guilty party!
Already this year the main excitement in pop culture is around Game of Thrones and Avengers endgame. I am a massive fans of both of these Franchises and would not be without them but you tend to feel Hollywood has really run out of ideas. As we see books and comics made in cinema supplemented by endless sequels and remakes. Judge for yourself when you next visit your local IMAX, casually browse the trailers if you will. What percentage of the films are new ideas? On my last visit not one trailer was for a new original idea. Although I was excited for the coming releases I couldn’t help but crave a new experience and an original idea to sample. Maybe I was wrong earlier, more a pandemic than an epidemic.
Nothing will change
As long as the money keeps rolling in, Sequels and Remakes will continue to be a staple of the gaming industry. I accept this but I live in hope that Triple A developers start to make use of the incredible talent out there and try something new and take a risk. Gamers will not be appeased by the same old games with updated graphics, as impressive and beautiful as they look.
Now being a firm hypocrite when is Final Fantasy VII: Remake out?
Daniel Jones, GameStarter