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EA Plans To "Reimagine" Several Classic Franchises

Oh goody. It's time once again to play the guessing game.

EA Games boss Frank Gibeau told CVG that in addition to the big franchises (Battlefield, Madden, Mass Effect, etc.), they plan to revive several of their old-school classics. Said Gibeau:

"We've got 25 years of good IPs and I've worked on a few of them in my career like Road Rash and the Strike series. So I have a strong affinity for a lot of the things we've done in the past.

We kind of have a rule which is you've got to have a really good reason to bring something back - What can you do to it that makes it fresh and brings something new to the equation of the franchise?"

He went on to cite their reboot of Medal of Honor; the reason they brought that back was because they wanted to focus on modern themes. It was why last year's MoH dealt with the controversial war on terror. Then he just so happened to mention Road Rash and the Strike series, but he finished by saying they still need to "have something new:"

"But when we look at Road Rash, the Strike series or some of these other franchises we really challenge ourselves. We can't just put them on new tech with the same gameplay from ten years ago, we've got to have something new. That's the typical challenge that we have."

Okay, so what do you think they'll bring back? Or better yet, what do you want them to bring back? Answering the last question is always more fun. ;)

Tags: ea, ea games, electronic arts, classic games

8/18/2011 8:42:49 PM John Shepard

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Comments (47 posts)

Twistedfloyd
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 8:59:02 PM
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NBA Street needs a come back. That game on PS3 sucked.

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Snorge
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 10:25:44 AM

Indeed, homecourt was ass. IMO NBA Street vol. 2 was by far the best and most imaginitive! Hell bring EA Big back!

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cLoudou
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 9:27:00 PM
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EA makes classics? ...I guess...

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 9:30:43 PM

EA has been one of the biggest video game publishers for almost a quarter-century.....so, yeah.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 9:51:21 PM
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NFL street would be nice to have back...

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SoulController
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 10:09:59 PM
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I have so many great memories of Road Rash. That could make for some dope Multiplayer

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LegendaryWolfeh
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 11:48:51 PM

God I loved playing road rash with a friend, it was quite a lot of fun.

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slugga_status
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 9:18:50 AM

Road Rash had me in front of the tv for hours on end. So addictive..

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 10:15:57 PM
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Damn man I don't even remember what they used to make from back in the day because I didn't pay attention to developers back then, I just wanted good games.

I will say this though, don't piss on bringing games up to date that keep their core gameplay. That's how you make good games that people love, as opposed to say... sh*tcanning what fans love and doing something else that they hate.

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Dreno
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 10:33:53 PM
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Man, I havnt played road rash since the n64. I remember playing that game with my 'rents, and unlocing the fastest bikes possible, only trade off was the control.

Those games were hella boss. They'd be sick in hd. Hell, id like to see them given the modern day treatment and just make a new road rash all together.

Nothing like knockin another biker off their hog with a chain.

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La_Bete12
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 10:38:38 PM
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I say they should reboot System Shock. those were some intense games.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 11:40:55 PM

I wanna play those! Why can't we get HD collections for those before Bioshock Infinite?

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kevinater321
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 10:46:46 PM
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They should probably work on there current games and because they have a pretty big year. When they have a few crappy games coming out remake the classics.

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gungrave
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 10:56:01 PM
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The Strike series. Desert Strike, Jungle Strike, Soviet and Nucleur Strike were awsome as well. I know they were going to make some kind of future strike but i'd rather they keep the franchise with the times. Oh, and a flight sim like f22 intercepter. Maybe Road Rash. Good times, those guys had it covered back in the Sega Genesis days :)

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Ignitus
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 10:59:54 PM

Yeah, it's true. EA made those great games. I had already forgotten about them.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 11:04:35 PM

Soviet was my favorite. I mastered that game in the summer of 1998.

Last edited by LimitedVertigo on 8/18/2011 11:04:45 PM

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slugga_status
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 9:20:26 AM

I completely forgot EA did make Desert Strike!

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Ignitus
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 11:01:22 PM
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I can't remember old EA games but I would love to play a new Battletoads. Anyone remember that NES game?

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 11:05:23 PM

Hard as hell during the racing stage in the lava pit. Great music and level design. Oh and I still own a copy.

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Underdog15
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 10:53:28 AM

Yeah, that racing section is up there on the "most difficult gaming experiences" section.

I've never been more happy to see snow in my life!

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 11:03:40 PM
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PLEASE give me SimCity5 PLEASE....like #@$#$!@$ PLEASE. I will gladly pay gazillions for SimCity5.


Thank you.

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main_event05
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 11:28:47 PM

something strange just happened. I gave you a thumbs up and as soon as i did that you got a thumbs down too, and i know It shouldn't have changed until i refreshed. curiouser and curiouser.

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Highlander
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 10:18:27 AM

That would be a good one.

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gungrave
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 11:11:41 PM
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The Immortal, that game was hard as hell...reminds me a bit of Demons Souls. It had pretty sweet graphics and was pretty damn graphic. I purchased that game due to it's awsome cover...that's how it was back in my day.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Immortal_(video_game)

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AcHiLLiA
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 11:23:43 PM
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Need for Speed Underground anybody?

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main_event05
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 11:27:18 PM

Spot on

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main_event05
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 11:27:01 PM
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Skate or Die B**ches!!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 11:42:11 PM

Didn't they try that and then abandon it?

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main_event05
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 12:33:28 AM

I never heard anything like that. did they??

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 12:38:41 AM

Here u go http://www.psxextreme.com/ps3-news/5536.html

Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 8/19/2011 12:38:48 AM

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556pineapple
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 11:48:29 PM
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I think they should make a new Madden NFL game....oh wait.

Seriously though, a new Road Rash would be amazing! I also wouldn't mind a new Alone in the Dark. More survival horror is always a good thing. Also, though I never played it, I like the sound of Zany Golf. The idea of a fantasy mini-golf course sounds like a good idea for a PSN/XBLA game.

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Snorge
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 3:50:44 PM

"I think they should make a new Madden NFL game" Im with you on that one....can we get 2K back in the game so Tiburon has some comp and arent being so damn lazy with this series?

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556pineapple
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 11:34:54 PM

I haven't owned a Madden game since 1999. I enjoy playing them every once in a while, but I can usually get that fix at my brother's house, so I don't really see purchasing one.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 11:56:03 PM
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Ha, I just posted about going back to the "Strike" series in that "Cerny predicts No more SP mode in 3 years" thread.

This is just further proof of my telekinetic power here at the PSXE!(and for my next feat, I shall will all of my numbers to pop up at next week's Powerball & MegaMillion jackpots!)

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hadouken
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 12:02:05 AM
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Road Rash was fun.

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Jed
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 12:21:37 AM
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I never played the Strike series, but I really enjoyed Road Rash, especially Road Rash 3D. I had soo much fun ramping my bike off of the Richard Simmons look alike joggers. LIVE AGAIN ROAD RASH!!!

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___________
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 4:09:24 AM
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BLACK!
BLACK!
BBBBBBBBLLLLLLLLAAAAAACCCCCCKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
O, and of course we need a new mirrors edge game!
but not before BLACK 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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sirbob6
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 1:20:39 PM

I am pretty sure they are making a spiritual sequel to Black.

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main_event05
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 2:19:31 PM

I hated Black, they wrote a check that they couldn't cash and i could never get past that.

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___________
Saturday, August 20, 2011 @ 9:34:56 AM

yes they are bodycount comes out in 2 weeks.
but 1 black left about half way through development so ive got a feeling he was not happy with the game or whatever.
2 its TOTALLY different to BLACK!
played the demo on XBLA its a good game, but its so different to BLACK.
i wish criterion would just go back to the series, hire stewart black back, and get DICE to help them with the FB2 engine.

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AshT
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 4:21:23 AM
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Road rash was awesome back then, wud love to see a remake

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BTNwarrior
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 6:59:07 AM
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They need to make another freedom fighters, the first is still one of my favorite games

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thedaini
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 8:27:57 AM
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Road Rash was a lot of fun, but does anyone remember the Crusader series?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusader_(game_series)

I spent far too much time playing Crusader: No Remorse during my early years of gaming.

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Ogibillm
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 9:35:36 AM
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Wing Commander!

and although i didn't play it, i can see the potential for a new Ultima

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Ignitus
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 2:40:24 PM

Yeah, Wing Commander was great.

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Highlander
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 10:20:40 AM
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EA needs to bring us a new re-imagined Wing Commander (as Ogibillum says above). Sim City - as mentioned by LV also needs some love...

But, more than that they need to bring us a new Privateer game. Privateer 2 was a great game and almost brought the same mood as the original Elite. We need a game like that on current platforms.

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Beamboom
Saturday, August 20, 2011 @ 9:10:44 AM

Omg yes a new privateer! This gen need it so.

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