We have spoken plenty about critically successful and beloved games that are unlikely to receive sequels anytime soon owing to their commercial failures- but sometimes, for some reason or the other, even games that see decent success on both critical and commercial fronts can end up spelling the end for their franchises. Here, we’re going to be talking about a few such excellent titles that are unlikely to get sequels in the near future (or ever), and why they’re in the situation we find them in.
We could basically put the entire Valve catalog in here. The joke goes that Valve doesn’t know how to count beyond 2, and that can be applied to so many of the company’s properties. Portal, for instance, absolutely smashed it with its second instalment, delivering an instant masterpiece that was widely beloved by pretty much everyone who played it- and a lot of people have played it in the years since its launch. It’s widely regarded as one of the best games of its time, lauded for its clever gameplay and incredible writing (among other things), while commercially, it’s been quite a success too. And yet, with Valve focused on Steam and now the Steam Deck, it’s unlikely that Portal will continue. At least we recently got Aperture Desk Job though, so that’s something… right?
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