Over the past few months i've got to thinking on how heavily the gaming industry relies on sequels and expansions. Now i'm not ridiculing any form of sequel as a sign that gaming companies are weak or that they are scared to leap into another original game. My main point is my fury over the demand from fans, the constant news of sequel after sequel on gaming websites who i am not blaming either.
Allow me to elaborate upon this point. Ubisoft have recently released the news that they are, yet again, releasing what seems to be another installment to the Assassin's Creed series, now i don't know about you but i for one sighed heavily at sight of this because i honestly disliked Brotherhood and 2. It doesn't really end there only months after the release of Bioshock 2 which was hyped up mass ively we heard news that the next installment was due to be released as Bioshock Infinite, yes by a different publisher but nevertheless still far too premature. So where is this all going you may be asking?
I will get to my overall point in time but i want to produce more evidence that the amount of sequels being vomited up by the gaming industry is ludicrous beyond explanation. Call Of Duty, we are currently on 7 now, the last 3 being very popular, but now there is rumours of one being released per year?! I'm no expert but that to me is gaming developer suicide, how any gaming company can subscribe themselves to such a workload in such a horribly short amount of time i am not certain on. Where have the hours upon hours of careful production to ensure the quality of games gone? My most anticipated game, being GuildWars 2 has been in the making for around 4 years now and is shortly coming up for its 5th year in development, you only have to glance at their website and the Gamescom demo to see that Arenanet are a company with a quality assured publisher, in this case being NCSOFT.
The real pressure on gaming developers is their publishers, for example my most detested being EA games who ooze capitalism and expansion, yes i am reffering to the countless Sims 3 expansions which are horribly ovepriced. The sheer gigantic industry that looms over the heads of unsuspecting developers is what is causing this terrible tidal wave of sequels and spin offs like Final Fantasy XXXXXIIIIIIIXIXIXIXIXIXII special supreme ultra crystal heroes of florescent light edition.
It just seems to me that the originality of games is dwindling and that the majority of releases year upon year are hyped up purely because of the masterpiece that preceded them, yes there are exceptions where a sequel has taken years of careful planning to perfect, Starcraft 2 being a fine example and the Half Life series being another. And in the darkness of repetitiveness there are glimmering undiscovered jewels that give us a shard of hope like LIMBO and Heavy Rain. So i am begging you as a dedicated gamer to another, do your duty and pull the pressure off of the developers, give that game a chance that has come from a small company that isn't some hyped up sequel and don't suck up every little detail of the 7th game in a series just because you liked the first one.
I am not expecting this to be read by many but if you do so happen to read it or you are interested in the subject please comment below with your thoughts and opinions on the subject, thanks.