“Life is for the living.
Death is for the dead.
Let life be like music.
And death a note unsaid.”
So I know we just did one of these Big Question things and this particular question is a little more on the average size than the monumental, but today was an important day and this is a question I love to talk about.
I was just talking this morning to friends and associates about the many dead franchises in gaming, particularly I mentioned Capcom as having a few choice series of games that they seem to have forgotten about. There are only so many resources a company can draw upon and money talks, so I understand, but having just reviewed Breath of Fire IV, which may as well be the last respectable Breath of Fire JRPG by Capcom, I got to wishing for more. I wished that there could be more console Breath of Fire games. I wished that the story of dragons could go on. I wished that Ryu or Nina or Bleu/Deis could appear in a Marvel vs Capcom game.
As I wished, I even got to wishing for more. Wouldn’t you know it? One of those Monday wishes came true. Today Capcom celebrated the 30th anniversary of Mega Man by announcing Mega Man 11 for PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and PC, due late 2018.
Aside from things like the Legacy Collections, it seemed like Capcom had let their boy slide into obscurity, but maybe they were just sitting on this announcement for the Blue Bomber’s thirtieth. This retro gamin’ fan couldn’t have been happier seeing “Mega Man” trending on Twitter in 2017! Maybe I’ll just keep wishing for more… another Mega Man Legends… a new spin off title…
Dreams do come true.
So that got me thinking… if I had the power to bring any franchise I wanted back from the dead, what would it be? For our purposes here, I’m talking “dead” as interchangeable with “forgotten”, or even “stuck in development hell”. This is any series that hasn’t had a new game for a noticeable length of time. I’ll leave the specificity up to you.
Then it dawned on me. If I could resurrect any dead franchise it would most certainly be the Chrono series from good ol’ Square (now Square Enix). Chrono Trigger, as I’ve documented, is an immensely great game. You may not agree with me that it’s the greatest game of all time (if you’re okay with being wrong… I kid, I kid), but following it up with just Chrono Cross as any sort of real sequel is a crime. No Chrono Break? Chrono Crisis? Chrono Resurrection?
The time traveling JRPG expanded with the parallel dimensions concept of Cross but it was almost as if the series never had a chance to spread its wings and continue to develop these ideas. Yeah, there’s always the risk of sequelitis but maybe Square could use a set of RPGs that haven’t been diluted into storytelling messes (Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts, I’m looking at you).
Would Chrono Trigger somehow be even more beloved if they had continued to tell the tale? In a world where you can take a nap and wake up to a new Call of Duty game hitting the shelves, a mage can dream, can’t I?
Today I got pretty excited by the Mega Man 11 announcement. What about you? What prospective announcement tomorrow would thrill your heart of hearts if you hopped online and saw someone was bringing back some dead franchise from gaming’s past? Again, we’re treating “dead” loosely here.
Whatever it is, I wanna hear about it! This is meant to be a fun little community event, a little less serious than games as art or what you learned from blogging, or even how to cope with so-called writer’s block, but maybe something to help ease the stress we can fall into at this time of year. So you can do this in two ways, my friend.
You can leave us a comment below or you can go the extra mile and write up a whole new blog post. Maybe you were looking for something to write about? Either way, let us know what dead franchise you’d bring back and why. Maybe tell us about what you want to see this franchise do differently, if it’s a failed one. If you do write a post, be sure to leave us a link and invite your own readers to participate as well.
In your service,
-The Well-Red Mage
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