WHILE there are many sequels and remasters getting released every new calendar year, it’s hard for existing fans of older franchises to hit up the socials all the time wanting to know if they will ever hear from their favourite franchises – and if those games will ever receive a sequel.
Many developers may start out a series with intentions of sequels and even set up the game’s next follow-up in a cliffhanger ending or just leave open endings to the game they have just created, but as this list shows, unfortunately sometimes those further games never materialise.
There are many games I would love to see receive a sequel and yet, I’m still sitting and waiting for that to be green-lit. Here are a few titles I feel left gamers with unfinished business and are deserving of a sequel sooner, rather than later.
After the success of Ubisoft’s reboot of the Prince of Persia franchise with the Sands of Time Trilogy, they moved forward with 2008’s Prince of Persia.
No longer playing an ACTUAL Prince, they elected to have the un-named hero of the game stumble across Princess Elika who is on the run from her father in the Persian desert. It is then established that an ancient evil has been unleashed upon the land which the ‘Prince’ has now been drawn into.
The remainder of the game sees the athletic prince and Elika set to cleanse the land of corruption in this semi-open world setting.
With the platforming that the series is best known for and a new tag-team battle mechanic that replaces the combo-heavy-driven systems that the previous games were best known for, the game now requires a level of patience in battle. The art style was also dramatically overhauled and looks truly beautiful with its now cell-shaded graphic style.
As the game drew to an end (spoilers) the corruption was again released upon the land. There was a bit of backlash from fans around this as it had seemed to not progress the story any further then how it began. It was a few months after the games release that a epilogue DLC was released showing the events that took place after the end of the story essentially leaving the game on a bigger cliffhanger then the original story had.
I, as well as many other fans, have been waiting to see how this story would come to an end. Sadly, at this point, I don’t think this will ever see the light of day. It would be great if we could get this though as the relationship between the Prince and Princess was a fascinating one.
Not many people played this Remedy title when it first came out and I’m not really sure why.
There was a lot of hype surrounding this when it was first announced as a hybrid of gameplay and TV. Your actions in the game would then impact how the TV show portion would play out and make for really entertaining storytelling.
Remedy and Sam Lake have made some of the best story-based games the industry has seen in quite a while. This one in particular deals with time travel and ‘The end of time’ – when a failed time machine experiment goes wrong (depending on how you look at it), the protagonist of the game is granted time-altering skills that is the heart of this action/adventure title.
With so many twists and revelations throughout the course of this title, it was left open-ended when one of your friends is trapped somewhere in time and after a promise made to find her the game ended.
It would be great to see all the Hollywood talent associated with this game get a second go-round to potentially tell more of this awesome story.
If you haven’t played this original title, I suggest you do.
As one of the first big-name titles to release for the PlayStation 4, The Order 1866 promised a lot of cinematic gameplay and an interesting take on alternative steampunk history.
You were one of the modern-times equivalents of the Knights of the Round table who protected the world from Vampires and Werewolves where you controlled Sir Galahad, a loyal footsoldier for the cause.
The game itself was a third-person cover-based shooter with an interesting amount of weapons at your disposal and in my opinion, a fantastic prologue story to what I felt was promising much, MUCH more.
With the setting and story, I had a ball with this game but it was often criticised for being too short of an experience and its reliance on boss battles being handled by quick-time events. If I’m being honest, I didn’t really share the same opinions of the mainstream media when it came to this as the game kept my interest throughout the length of the title and peaked right at the end when I felt it was teasing a more grand sequel in a perhaps open world setting.
Unfortunately, sales and opinions of this game caused the game to perhaps be shelved for good, but I’m sitting here each year just waiting for an announcement of a sequel to this awesome game.
After the success of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic the team over at Bioware declined to make a sequel and instead set their sights on creating a brand new IP in the form of Jade Empire.
Still sticking to their RPG roots, with the backing of Microsoft and Xbox they moved to a more action-oriented RPG style of game set in a fictional eastern kingdom based on Chinese history and mythology.
Starting off the game as a student where you learn martial arts as well as magics you learn of your greater role in the world and embark on a grand adventure to save the Jade Empire.
With many plot twists and reveals, this title is beloved by many BioWare fans that are constantly asking about a sequel.
I went to the first-ever PAX Australia where BioWare attended to show off Dragon Age and in the Q & A sections many people were still asking about it, BioWares response? ‘Keep asking, its might just happen one day’
A current-gen version of a Jade Empire game will forever haunt my dreams.
Oh Max, why is it that you have to die? Don’t worry, thats not a spoiler, it’s just the way this franchise needs to end.
Max Payne 2 was the first game to ever make me cry when I completed this noir-inspired detective story. Not because I was happy I had just completed one of the best narrative driven games of all time, but in fact because Max was still alive and living with his story of pain and loss.
While the third entry in the franchise was taken over by Rockstar Games and took a different approach to the gritty detective story, it still, as Max Payne best described it, ‘Always starts with a dead girl’
With the original Max Payne 1 & 2 getting the remake or remaster treatment over the coming years, it would be great for Max to finally get the heroic send off the deserves. Peace.
So that does it for my list of games that I believe deserve a sequel. Don’t forget once you see this on our socials to comment if there’s a gaming series you believe deserves a sequel!