Square Enix to Allow Revivals of Fear Effect, Gex, and Other Old Franchises

Indie developers now have the chance to work with some of Square Enix's old IPs.

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Square Enix is expanding its crowdfunding platform, Square Enix Collective, to allow independent developers to pitch ideas that make use of some of the publisher's old intellectual properties.

With Collective now being suitably "established" after almost a year of operation, Square Enix announced today that it's making good on one of its original promises. In addition to simply being able to pitch game ideas in the hopes of attracting funding from fans, developers can now use the platform to pitch ideas that make use of the Gex, Fear Effect, and Anachronox IPs.

Before any ideas make it to the public feedback process, Square Enix will need to approve of them. Provided they get the company's thumbs up, the public will be able to vote and offer their thoughts over the course of four weeks. If the response is strong enough, a crowdfunding campaign for the game will begin.

Square Enix says it's not necessarily looking for direct sequels with any of these franchises; it even suggests the possibility of a Gex side-scrolling adventure or turn-based strategy game.

Whatever the case, the publisher will take a larger-than-usual cut of the money. In addition to the usual 5 percent of crowdfunds and 10 percent of net sales revenue (a "standard distribution fee") for Collective games, Square Enix will take an additional 10 percent of net sales as a licensing fee. Such is the price to pay for reviving Gex.

All three of these IPs have been dormant for more than a decade. Others may be added to the list of those available to developers, but Square Enix says it'll "start with those and see what the response is like."

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How about more Parasite Eve?

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OMG Fear Effect please please please!!!!

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Wow, the original gex was released in 94... Now I just feel old.

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I would love nothing more than a sequel or remake of Vagrant Story. Preferably a remake

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Gex!! Holy crap! Hello, childhood...

That being said, a reboot is likely to be crap.

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Oh man, that's the game I've been waiting for for a decade now........a new GEX game.....

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Rofl ;-)

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Not a bad idea, they should expand the available IP's that can be used though imo.

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Square Enix, you're almost there. Please give us a updated Parasite Eve and Gex game. Two of my most favorite franchises needs your attention. Take my money please. I would put half my check into these games every week if it would get them to make it happen. Square Enix, make me a happy camper please. I beg of youuuuuuuuu!

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How about allowing people to actually work on Crimson Echoes again and stop being jerks?

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all I want is a new legacy of kain. don't really need azrael but hey put both of them together like you did in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light dlc. or lok vs darksiders

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Well, too bad for you - Square Enix seems to think that Nosgoth is the answer for making money from that franchise.

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This actually could be cool in reviving old IP's that the publishers have long since abandoned. Maybe Sega and Capcom should take note of this as well.

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Gex...Oh the nostalgia.

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I have a great idea for a Gex game but I'm not a developer so yeah... I used to love the Gex games to death so the randomness it helf I can create easily In scriot ans concept but I could not even render to save my life.

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Hopefully, they won't be turned into "free-to-play" titles.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> That's the Capcom way

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Capcom's way is on disc DLCs, Square Enix way is selling those games for a hefty price and then charging you for extra things in-game for example hourglass, maps, special characters, and chapters.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> No, it's the Capcom way too. See Dragon's Dogma Online, Breath of Fire 6, etc.

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Now if only Rare, I mean Microsoft, would release the "kraken" and allow Donkey Kong 64 on the virtual console already. Withhold a gem of a game over freakin' Jetpac?

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Rare also owns the Kremlings which is why the last 2 DKC games had to come up with new enemies.

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Gex with zombies.

You know it's coming.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I believe the first game already HAD those

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how about legacy of kain and soul reaver

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Yes Fear Effect 3. Please bring that back.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> The Fear Effect games were so underrated. I'd love to see that game revived, though they'd need a new cast..

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Hell yeah! I love Gex!

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Oooh, I have a great idea. How about someone sign up for this program and localize Seiken Densetsu 3? Square refuses to.

You could buy one of the many existing fan translations, put it on Steam, and let the money roll in.

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a gex strategy game?

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Yes! Gex!

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I'd like to see some indie developers get their hands on a real IP like Hitman or Legacy of Kain.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> A new Legacy of Kain in the same vein as the original would be the best. Add some more leveling and RPG elements to it and allow yourself to relive the story of the vampire Kain in a fully realized 3D world...man...mouth watering. Still one of the best stories in a game to date. It was downhill for Silicon Knights after that. Eternal Darkness excluded, of course.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I would really like a another Legacy of Kain, but I'm not sure I'd like it to be created this way. This Collective is like a greedy abomination: in a movie it would be the villain that makes his henchmen do all the work for him, battle all foes, get killed by all traps and then reaps all the rewards and takes all the credit. The IP has been sullied enough by allowing the MP only team deathmatch game Nosgoth to become real. Anachronox is quite unique and I doubt that Square Enix's model could make something that retains that quality, despite the need for a sequel of that game.

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Ohhhh boy, GEX games....

Yet they couldn't just allow the non-profit fan-games for Chrono Trigger just be.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Maybe they will allow if this works, the original team that worked on Chrono Trigger left SE years ago and are working for other companies, so creating a sequel with the quality of the original will be difficult.

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Square Enix makes Nintendo's Youtube deal look like a wonder of freedom and generosity.

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they should let the indies make another game from the conflict desert storm series

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Time to open up a can of KICK ASS!!!!!

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That's a good idea, I'm gonna watch Kick Ass movie tonight. Good ass movie.

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Square outsourcing to fans? Never thought i'd see the day..

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Not Super Mario RPG or Chrono Trigger, don't care.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Chrono Trigger would be interesting, there was a fan made called Crimson Echoes but Square-Enix threw a fit because of the game, maybe they will change their mind.

BTW Super Mario RPG belongs to Nintendo, so its a no.

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