Video game studios usually tend to release new sequels to their popular game franchises quite often. But sometimes things can get a little tricky, because anything less than perfect can seriously affect a franchise’s reputation.
Popular video game franchises are acquiring dedicated fanbases that are demanding more sequels of their favorite series from game studios. In order to make the sequels interesting, the developers spend years making them as perfect as possible and making sure they become worthy additions to the series.
5 Dormant Video Game Franchises That Should 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 to gamers. Scheduled to release later in 2022, Daedalic Entertainment will release the upcoming Lord of the Rings: Gollum as an action-adventure title that will primarily focus on the character, Gollum.
The scenario will present the events that happened in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. In his quest to retrieve the Ring, Gollum will use his strength to outwit the Orcs and deploy his Smeagol to subdue them.
Even though the reveal trailer didn’t reveal much information about Gollum’s gameplay, the upcoming Lord of the Rings definitely looks promising in terms of visuals and storylines.
2) Saints Row (2022)
Volition and THQ’s flagship action-adventure series, Saints Row, is set to receive another addition to the series in 2022. First released in 2006, Saints Row initially received many negative reviews due to its resemblance to the popular Grand Theft Auto. series.
The developers focused on creating a more distinctive experience featuring humor, parodies, and popular culture, which ultimately brought great success to the Saints Row series. The upcoming Saints Row (2022) is a reboot of the Saint Row series based on the fictional town of Santo lleso.
The title was originally supposed to release on February 25, 2022, however, the developers delayed the title until August 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 9 years of waiting, Sony is finally releasing the Gran Turismo 7 on March 04, 2022.
Players are already blown away by the excellent visuals and gameplay of the game. Based on legal racing circuits and tracks, the title features some of the best Grand Prix circuits in the world including different locations such as Colorado and Tokyo.
Gran Turismo 7 also features a nice library of cars, and players will be able to purchase over 400 cars from the Used and Legendary Car Dealership. With an impressive Metacritic score of 88, Sony has made a strong comeback to the Gran Turismo franchise.
4) Tom Clancy’s exploded cell
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell is one of Ubisoft’s most successful franchises. Ubisoft has teamed up with popular American novelist Thomas Leo Clancy Jr., also known as Tom Clancy, to release a game based on his military science stories.
After the resounding success of Splinter Cell, the title was followed by six other episodes, namely Pandora Tomorrow (2004), Chaos Theory (2005), Double Agent (2006), Conviction (2010) and Blacklist (2013). Players take on the role of a highly skilled agent known as Sam Fisher who must 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 liked by the gaming community and gamers would love to see the next entry in the Splinter Cell franchise.
5) Mass Effect
EA launched Mass Effect as its flagship military sci-fi adventure franchise which has won over many games due to its outstanding visuals and storyline.
It is based on the far 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 try 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 fanbase and been well-received by critics due to its characters, story, and unique way of emphasizing player choice.
The latest installment, Mass Effect Andromeda, was released in 2017 and fans are eagerly awaiting another addition to the popular franchise. Mass Effect has already released an official teaser for the upcoming Mass Effect title and revealed that the game is in the early stages of development.