Video game studios generally tend to release sequels to their popular game franchises. However, sometimes things might get a little tricky as anything less than perfect can severely affect a franchise’s reputation.
Popular video game franchises acquire dedicated fan bases that often demand more sequels. However, making them can take years as developers want to ensure they become worthy additions to the series.
5 dormant video game franchises that are set to return soon
1) The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
After quite a long wait, the new Lord of the Rings title is finally on its way. Set to release later in 2022, Daedalic Entertainment will release The Lord of the Rings: Gollum as an action-adventure title that will primarily focus on the character, Gollum.
The storyline will showcase the events that occurred in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. In his quest to retrieve The Ring, Gollum will use his strength to outmaneuver the Orcs and deploy his Smeagol to master them.
Although the reveal trailer didn’t disclose much information about Gollum’s gameplay, the upcoming Lord of the Rings game definitely looks promising in terms of visuals and storylines.
2) Saints Row (2022)
Volition and THQ’s flagship action-adventure series, Saints Row, is all set to receive another addition to the series in 2022. First released in 2006, Saints Row initially received a lot of negative reviews due to its sheer resemblance to the popular Grand Theft Auto series.
Developers focused on creating a more distinctive experience featuring humor, parodies and popular culture, which eventually brought great success to the Saints Row series. The upcoming Saints Row (2022) is a reboot of the Saints Row series based on the fictional city of Santo lleso.
The title was initially scheduled for release on February 25, 2022. However, the developers have postponed the game's launch to August 23, 2022.
3) Gran Turismo 7
Polyphony Digital and Sony’s flagship racing simulation series, Gran Turismo is one of the most successful simulation franchises in the world. After nine years of waiting, Sony finally released Gran Turismo 7 on March 4, 2022.
Players are already blown away by the game’s excellent visuals and gameplay. Based on legal racing circuits and tracks, the title features some of the best Grand Prix circuits around the globe, including different locations such as Colorado and Tokyo.
Gran Turismo 7 also features a handsome library of cars, and players will be able to buy over 400 cars from the Used and Legend Car Dealership. With an impressive metacritic score of 88, Sony has made a strong return to the Gran Turismo franchise.
4) Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell is one of Ubisoft's most successful franchises. The company tied up with the popular American novelist Thomas Leo Clancy Jr., also known as Tom Clancy, to release a game based on his military-science storylines.
After the overwhelming success of Splinter Cell, the title was followed by another six installments namely Pandora Tomorrow (2004), Chaos Theory (2005), Double Agent (2006), Conviction (2010) and Blacklist (2013). Players take on the role of a highly-trained agent known as Sam Fisher, who has to complete his missions single-handedly.
They will be able to use unique and high-tech gadgets to properly strategize and eliminate enemies. Splinter Cell has mostly been well-appreciated by the gaming community and players would love to see the upcoming entry of the Splinter Cell franchise.
5) Mass Effect
EA released Mass Effect as their flagship military-science fiction adventure franchise that appealed to many games due to its exceptional visuals and storyline.
It is based on the distant future, which depicts the colonization of the Milky Way galaxy by humans and other alien civilizations. Players take on the role of Commander Shepard and attempt to save the galaxy from alien machines.
EA continued the storyline by creating a trilogy and releasing Mass Effect 2 (2010) and Mass Effect 3 (2012). Mass Effect has always had a huge fan base and has been appreciated by critics due to its characters, narrative, and unique method of emphasizing on player’s choices.
The latest installment, Mass Effect Andromeda, was released back in 2017, and fans are eagerly waiting for another addition to the popular franchise. EA has already released an official teaser for the upcoming Mass Effect title and revealed that it is in the early stages of development.