Recently I've been witnessing backlash from fans from all sorts of genres in gaming, regarding rather big changes in franchises - particularly long-running ones.
From recent memory, the ones that stand out to me the most are the newest iterations of Devil May Cry and Splinter Cell. More often times than not, when those titles are brought up, fans would gush all over previous iterations and spit on the new: the reaction to the reboot of DmC with the new Dante is probably the worst I've seen in ages, alongside the reveal of Splinter Cell: Blacklist earlier this year at E3.
Even in a recent thread here on PGD, some information has been released regarding Dark Souls II, with the possibility of it becoming more direct and, for lack of a better word, 'casualized' in order to gain a great presence in the action-RPG genre. So far, reactions haven't been all that favorable to these possible changes, despite the fact that we have hardly any information about the game.
However, my question is; are major changes in franchises really all that bad? Or does the negative reaction from a fan base merely throw things out of proportion and undermine a truly great game?