Let’s talk about game sequels, specifically two sequels to two high profile games. The first is Fallout 3, which has been the subject of quite a few official announcements as of late to go along with all of the speculation. The second is the possible, but not confirmed Starcraft sequel, which may be an MMORPG. These two franchises have a lot in common: they’re both considered the pinnacle of their genres on the PC, they both get played constantly despite their increasing age, and they both have diehard fans that know exactly what they want in a sequel and will kill you if their demands aren’t met.
On one hand, Starcraft and Fallout fans can be a little more than annoying. For every good idea there is the equivalent of a Japanese Dragon Quest fan who wants nothing to change. I think about their perfect sequel, and wonder just how different it would be from the original.
And yet if I had to choose a side, I’d ally myself with these folks over the developers any day of the week. I simply don’t trust Blizzard or Bethesda at all. Considering all the time and effort put into the Oblivion engine, I’d be shocked at this point if Fallout 3 isn’t “The Elder Scrolls with guns”, which you’d be hard pressed to convince me would actually be a good thing. Also, this is the HD-era; who in their right mind is going to want to play a top down isometric RPG . As for Starcraft, there’s no reason why it should become an MMO. While Warcraft 3’s hero system was a smart segue into WOW, Starcraft was always about the strategy, pure and simple. But then you throw in that delightful thing called money that both Blizzard and Vivendi have been earning from WOW, and I very much agree with the point made by a friendly 1up user in a blog comment; it’d be shocking if Vivendi ever lets them make a non MMOG again.
The fans aren’t always right, but dammit they’ve still got the heart. Meanwhile some very good sequels may be going to waste for the love of money. Did anyone in the development community not see Deus Ex: Invisible War?
Oh wait: yes, they did. And it sold better. Dammit!