Blog: Should Next-gen Games Be Sequels Or New IPs?
**Be advised this is an editorial feature that represents the views of the editor ONLY.**
If we simply take a look at the primary line-up of next gen games, we’re looking at mostly sequels: Killzone: Shadow Fall, Forza Motorsport 5, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Need For Speed: Rivals, Dead Rising 3, etc. So I’ve been pondering over whether sequels or new IPs will dominate the next generation of gaming.
Ever since the bulk of the gaming announcements at E3 this past summer, the games that have garnered the most attention, and that seem the most next-gen–graphically, FPS, capabilities, innovation, etc–are the ones that are new IPs, not sequels: The Division, Watch Dogs, The Order 1886, Titanfall, and many more. I would gladly choose Titanfall over Call of Duty: Ghosts, just like I would want The Order 1886 over the Thief reboot. I’m sure most of you feel the same way.
There is only so much developers can do to advance a story. Take Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag for example; it is an entirely different story than Assassin’s Creed 3 and the Ezio days in Assassin’s Creed 2, but it is STILL an Assassin’s Creed game. The story goes through the same process of advancements to the next stages. You assassinate the same way, run the same way, and even converse the same way. My point is, when I go out and buy a new Assassin’s Creed game, I know what experience I’m going to get out of it. In that particular case, a new IP like The Division is more appealing. On the other hand, continuing an ongoing story is a necessity, as long as they know when to end it.
In my mind, sequels are there to supplement our hunger for new experiences in new IPs. I love the Battlefield franchise and am having a blast playing Battlefield 4, but when Titanfall comes out I’m just going to set it aside for awhile. They can add spacesuits to Battlefield for all I care, in the end I would still rather run on walls and drive mechs (ahem, Titans) in Titanfall.
Would you rather play Uncharted 4 or another game like The Last of Us? I don’t know about you, but I choose the latter. The Last of Us is a testament to developers and skeptics around the world that core gaming still exists. It’s the same as the film industry. Films like Gravity, 12 Years A Slave, and Frozen, are getting more attention and critical-acclaim over blockbusters like Man of Steel and Star Trek Into Darkness. Gamers, just like movie-goers, want new experiences over simply new installments in decade-long franchises. Now I’m not saying sequels aren’t fun, I would just rather have more new IPs. What about you?