You can have too much of a good thing. In the video game industry most publishers don’t know when to put a profitable franchise on hold, instead they milk it until it becomes irrelevant or broken. Here are ten gaming franchises that should go on hiatus for a few years.
This is an obvious pick—Call of Duty gets a new installment every year. And even though Activision rotates developers it still could use a break. I know the games sell like crazy, but Activsion needs to let Infinity Ward and Treyarch take a longer break so they can bring some needed innovation to the franchise.
After Mass Effect 3 Bioware should take a break from the series. After they’ve created a new IP and a couple of sequels for it, they should come back and make another Mass Effect trilogy for next generation consoles. Or they could just make a few one off games in the ME universe. Whatever they do, current generation consoles shouldn’t get another Mass Effect game after ME3.
Ubisoft has released three AC games in three years. And next year it’ll be four when they release AC3. After the last game of the trilogy (if you can even call it that anymore) is released Ubisoft needs to slow down with their release schedule. Maybe they can finally give us Beyond Good & Evil 2? No, I’m joking, that won’t come out until the end of the PS5’s lifecycle.
We get it—Xbox fans love first person shooters! But after the release of Halo 4 Microsoft needs to come up with another one. I know 343 Industries was created for the sole purpose of continuing the Halo series—but wouldn’t it be better to let them make their own IP?
Gears of War 3 ended on the right note—I wouldn’t mind another trilogy, but it doesn’t need to happen right away. Although, it shouldn’t be a prequel because they always come across as forced.
Hot Pursuit made me wish for a real Burnout game, Shift 2 was solid, and The Run is one of the biggest let downs of the year. It’s time to put in end to the yearly release cycle EA; I know you’re doing the Activision thing and rotating developers, but we’re reaching oversaturation levels here.
GOW3 was perfect, and honestly I don’t know how they’d do another game without ruining things or doing a silly prequel (no offense to the PSP games). Like, what else is there to kill? It breaks my heart to say this—but God of War needs to be put on an indefinite hiatus.
Dear Dice, put Battlefield on hold for a few years and give me Mirrors Edge 2. After that you can go back to your losing war (sales, not game quality) with COD.
Do you remember when Fable was called Project Ego? I bought into the hype like everyone else, and I was let down (like everyone else). Fable 2 was better—but the third game was average at best. It’s time for Lionhead to hype up something else, and fail to deliver.
Uncharted is my favorite franchise this generation, but I don’t want to see a fourth installment anytime soon (not counting Golden Abyss). Naughty Dog has established themselves as one of the best developers this generation, they can make something better than Uncharted. Don’t get me wrong; I want an Uncharted 4, but no sooner than 2015.
Do you want any of these games to take a break? Or do you think they should keep making them as long as they’re good? If you think they should keep making them here’s a thought–do you think they’ll be good forever? When is it time to throw in the towel? Look at all the games that started off great and then turned into mediocre cash grabs. Do you really want your favorite franchise to fade into obscurity, or go out on top? I don’t know about you, but I’d rather them go out while they’re still relevant.