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Looking Foward: More New IPs Or More Franchise Sequels?

As the new generation looms large, we wonder: Will the next generation see more new IPs than ever before, or will the safe, comfortable, expected franchise sequels become even more prominent?

It's always a difficult question for developers and publishers. On the one hand, you have to consider how much money is invested into big AAA productions, and failure means the loss of many jobs and declining reputations. And when it's almost guaranteed that another Call of Duty or Battlefield will generate more than sufficient income, there's not a whole lot of incentive to take unnecessary risks.

On the other hand, those risks are indeed necessary if we wish to keep originality and innovation alive. That's really the lifeblood of any creative-based industry, so it's critical that highly talented designers continue to come up with new IPs. The only question is whether or not we'll see more new IPs in the new generation than we're expecting, and whether sequels, prequels and spin-offs will dominate. With new hardware, some developers may want to push themselves and try something new; that's how Naughty Dog ultimately delivered the first Uncharted title early in the PS3's lifespan.

And we all know how that turned out. But there are many stories of attempts at freshness and innovation that have fallen very flat, and those aren't happy stories. Obviously, we want the industry to strike a healthy balance...but will it? Let's hope.

Tags: next gen, next generation, video games, gaming industry

10/14/2013 10:26:08 PM Ben Dutka

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Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 10:52:28 PM

I suppose I need to be flexible on this one. I think we need new brands, BUT I suppose sequels or series need to cross over as well. Something old something new.... nothing borrowed I hope and not just blue. Yep... not funny, but yo know what I mean.... I think or hope.

Some of the new games, The Order definitely look to have great potential. Mirrors Edge 2... I am really having concerns as to the new direction they are going. I not sure its what the original creators wanted, but EA is telling everyone it is. Have to wait and see.

I won't be there, but should hopefully be exciting for those that are and I do hope it continues as each new or continued game and series comes out.

Keep playing!

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Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 11:11:13 PM

With time to triangle being so much shorter than the PS3 or PS2, I would expect that there would be much less risk doing both new IP's as well as sequels.

I'm really looking forward to seeing (and playing) both!


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Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 11:18:07 PM

What about triangles?

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 10:49:02 AM

You know, what Mark Cerny has talked about. Time to triangle - the time it takes to code a graphical system that the hardware is capable of. Basically the time it takes to get a workable base. It rivals the PS1, which is about a month. The PS3 is 6 to 12 months. So it takes less time, and thus, less money, to make a game that may be a little more unconventional. They wouldn't need to sell FOUR million copies to break even on their endeavour - may open up a lot of doors! :)

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 10:49:48 AM

oooohhh yeah now I remember

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Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 11:16:40 PM

This probably won't happen but I think the wise decision would be to take the money from the mainstay cash cows and start new IPs that aren't a hugely massive investment that needs 3+ million sold in order to profit.

It's usually pretty rare for a new game to be explosive, Ubisoft seems to know how to do it well but most other games need to learn and grown and expand. Many a gamer won't even buy a game until it has sequels and many franchises don't become largely popular until they have those sequels with their improvements.

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Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 11:32:52 PM

I prefer more new IP. But sequels from established franchises are also good as long as it's done very well. And maybe a revival of old franchises. The bottomline is, just make awesome games. But new IP's are really really exciting, so I prefer more of those. The Last Of Us is truly amazing, I want more. And I still need to play Beyond Two Souls, rain, Puppeteer and Remember Me. But a new Uncharted, Resident Evil etc. is still okey for me.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 12:42:12 AM

New IP's for the start of a new generation. Have some throw backs to previous franchises a little later on in the gen.

There is nothing more exciting to me than looking forward to something that looks amazing, but is new and exciting. With sequels I sort of feel it is like reading the next chapter in a book, rather than starting to read a new one.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 3:35:54 AM

i would say more sequels because there where the improvements really stand.
the best part about gaming is standing back and seeing how things have improved, GTAIV to GTAV for instance.
if GTAV was a new IP would it be half as impressive?
of course not!

but the problem is thats not the sequels we see today, the sequels we see today are, well, ACIV!
new IPs, totally different games, but slapped with a famous franchises name because, well, it wouldent sell as well if it was called pirates assault the caribbean!
its a pirate game, its set in the caribbean, there has never been a good pirates of the caribbean game, so why not tag off that franchise?
because it wouldent sell as well as assassins creed thats why!

so because of that reason theres no other choices, so your left with new IPs.
oh well at least i wont be sitting here cursing and dreaming how good x franchise use to be.
what i would give to go back in time to the release of AC again!
to feel the wonder and excitement, the ambition, the environmental storytelling, the sense of excitement and wonder never has a games story had me so excited and compelled to find out what happens next!
and it all went down the drain.

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 3:44:10 AM

Hey Ben, there's an error in the title of the article: "Foward" instead of "Forward".

I hope that we see more new IPs, but I don't see it happening. Those that are will come from studios that are a brand unto themselves - Naughty Dog, Insomniac, R*, Ninja Theory, etc. - with the funds and/or backing to tackle these projects, while smaller brands under corporate umbrellas will continue to be forced to churn out sequels. I also think that the majority of new IPs will be smaller, more moderate affairs that grow over time.

Just hope that there isn't another Dead Space, or Assassin's Creed, where the publisher thinks that people are going to continue to buy it no matter what they do.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 4:24:07 AM

It will be both of course. But what's more interesting imo, is to ponder about to what extent the new hardware capabilities will affect the upcoming games - both from new and established IPs.

Cause while the games might not *look* that insanely much better, the capabilities on other areas of hardware performance has dramatically improved the upcoming generation. And surely this must affect the games in more ways than one.

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Banky A
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 4:29:04 AM


The Legend of Dragoon
Wildarms proper
Guardian's Crusade
Star Ocean proper


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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 11:09:45 AM

New IPs for sure. I need something fresh.

The following series need a break

Call of DUty
Assassins Creed
God of War

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 11:09:47 AM

Duplicated please delete.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 11:22:48 AM

The beginning of a new gen is the only time most developers feel comfortable introducing new IPs. People are stoked for new platforms and they're willing to try any new game if it means experiencing the new tech.

I hope the main initiative at the beginning is too pump out lots to get them established. Well known franchises can usually be safely brought back with little publicity.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 12:59:15 PM

I have to say, sadly, that I believe we will see more sequels/spinoffs than ever before (not counting indies). Production costs of AAA titles has become absburd and for the amounts of money spent no one's going to take more than 1 or 2 risks per year and I'm talking about the major 3rd parties like EA and Activision. We also are at the point in gaming where there's nothing left to bring to the table. Not only are there no new genres to create, we're actually losing existing genres (like fighting games for example) or watching them shrink to the one or two big sellers. Not being a big fan of first-person shooters or one-man RPGs, I rely almost solely on racing games for my gaming. I predict I will spend more and more time on my 3DS and tablet as time goes on and companies continue bringing out Part 3's and 4;s. Don't get me wrong, Uncharted, Infamous, GoW are all good games (not great ones for me tho) with good stories but I'd prefer something a little more cerebral or thought provoking and less twitch-based.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 4:58:49 AM

yea i hope they bring more new games cos all the new ones so far are lloking really gud apart from that sunset overdrive which looked average and titan fall well that look like a battlefield 2142/modern-warfare hybrid which is a bit anoiying but all the new sony games so far and the ubisoft games look really gud as for EA and activision not so much(destiny with bungie yeah but i only see it as bungie),even with EA and starwars battlefront on FB3 sud look amazing but yeah i am yet to see a totally new IP fro EA that looks gud like i mean really gud that doesn't invole shooting. but for sure i thin there will be more of the same till it runs outta steam and they have to replace it with something else

happy gaming

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Thursday, October 17, 2013 @ 1:11:35 PM

I would normally say that I want new IPs but with the start of a new console generation it is a good time to push the boundaries of established franchises. So I am looking forward to both new IPs and sequels.

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