Just as the sequel has always been the backbone of the game production industry, so the trilogy has become the modern day staple that drives sales within our humble media. Not content with a single follow up, most blockbuster franchises are going for the rule of three and, whilst most have managed this successfully, some may not hit that magical third instalment. Read on for ten franchises that may not become a trilogy and why this may be the case.
Mega Man Legends
The cancelled third game in the Legends Mega Man sub-series has been a recent issue that many fans have had to deal with, but the uninitiated may not realise what all the fuss is about. A Mega Man action RPG may sound like a bit of a dud and, if you wound up playing the first game in the series only, you’d be forgiven for thinking this is the case. What made the sequel so incredible however was just how much it improved over the original. If the third game had been given a true release, lord knows how amazing it would’ve been if it kept up a similar level of growth. I guess we’ll never know.
Another example of a sequel that completely reinvented a game. Red Dead Revolver was a fairly stylized third person shooter, but Redemption was one of the most successful games of 2010 hands down. Considering the amount of time it spent in development though, coupled with the fact that it was set at the very end of the Wild West period, it seems unlikely that Rockstar will follow up with a third Red Dead game.
Expectation is a silent killer, one that took a fairly decent game like Chrono Cross and removed any chance of it being remembered fondly. Cross had a few pacing and story issues but, were it not a sequel to the greatest RPG of all time, it certainly would have received a warmer critical reception. The bad taste it left in the mouths of many means that SquareEnix are unlikely to try tackling the Chrono series again any time soon. Now if only they’d let some of the awesome looking fan projects get off the ground.