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Video Games That Made Their Franchise Disappear – Part 1

In the dynamic video game ecosystem, franchises come and go, rising and falling like digital entertainment empires. However, some come to a premature end due to a single game that fails to meet the expectations of fans and critics alike.

This article will look at five games that unfortunately delivered the coup de grace to their respective franchises.

Dead Space 3

The Dead Space franchise, developed by Visceral Games and published by EA, was a beloved survival horror series that combined atmospheric horror with strategic dismemberment combat. Moreover, the first two games were praised for their immersive storytelling and innovative gameplay, but the third installment, Dead Space 3, failed to live up to its predecessors.

Dead Space 3 introduced cooperative play, which many fans felt diluted the horror experience. In addition, the game focused more on action than horror and suspense, which was a significant departure from the franchise’s roots. However, disappointing sales and mixed reviews led to the cancellation of a planned sequel and the closure of Visceral Games.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

Prince of Persia is a franchise with a long history, dating back to the original 1989 platformer. The series experienced a renaissance with The Sands of Time trilogy, which introduced time manipulation mechanics and acrobatic combat. However, the franchise stumbled with the release of Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands.

Released in 2010, The Forgotten Sands was an attempt to revisit the story of The Sands of Time after a controversial reboot in 2008. However, the game was criticized for its uninspired gameplay and mediocre story. The franchise has been dormant since then, with no new games announced.

Medal of Honor: Warfighter

Medal of Honor was once a respected first-person shooter franchise known for its historically accurate and engaging single-player campaigns. However, the series began to falter as it tried to compete with modern military shooters like Call of Duty.

Medal of Honor: Warfighter, released in 2012, was the final nail in the coffin. The game was criticized for its flawed gameplay, poor artificial intelligence, and clichéd story. Despite attempts to revitalize the franchise, Warfighter’s poor reception caused the series to be put on indefinite hiatus.

Duke Nukem Forever

Duke Nukem Forever is a notorious example of a game that ended its franchise and became a poster child for the industry. The game was in development for over 15 years, which generated great expectations.

Unfortunately, Duke Nukem Forever failed to deliver in almost every aspect. The game was criticized for its dated gameplay, juvenile humor, and technical problems. In addition, poor reception and poor sales put an end to the Duke Nukem franchise.

Metal Gear Survive

The Metal Gear series is recognized for its intricate storytelling, stealth gameplay, and memorable characters. However, the franchise suffered a major blow with Metal Gear Survive, the first game released after the departure of series creator Hideo Kojima.

Metal Gear Survive moved drastically away from the series’ action and stealth roots, focusing instead on survival and base-building. The game was heavily criticized for its repetitive gameplay, intrusive microtransactions, and lack of connection to the main series. The game’s poor reception has left the future of the Metal Gear franchise uncertain.

In conclusion, these games remind us that even beloved franchises can fail if they stray too far from their roots or fail to deliver a quality experience. In the next part of this series, we will explore more games that unfortunately led to the downfall of their respective franchises.

Written by
Justin is a gaming journalist known for his coverage of the video game industry, with a focus on the business and labor practices of major video game companies. He is a contributing editor at Fragster and has written for a variety of other publications, including Wired and Polygon. He is known for his investigative reporting and his efforts to shed light on the often tumultuous inner workings of the video game industry.

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