Over the years there have been some great gaming franchises that for some reason or another have seemingly been dropped.
Sales perhaps dried up for many for them, making it not commercially viable to keep them going. For many though, you kind of get the feeling that the developer just didn’t know what to do with them or that they simply just forgot they existed.
Here are ten game series that we’ve absolutely adored at some point or another, but now they lay dormant. We dare say some of them will be revived in the next few years at least, but we don’t hold hope for them all.
Last game in the series: Genso Suikoden: Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki (PSP, 2012, Japan only)
The original Suikoden and its sequel stand among the best JRPGS of all time. Honestly, they are brilliant, and if you’ve still got a PS3 or PS Vita you should check them out on the PlayStation store as they’re cheap as chips.
Unfortunately many of the other Suikoden games weren’t quite as good, but 2006’s Suikoden V came pretty darn close. That was essentially the last of the ‘proper’ Suikoden games, though, with 2008’s Suikoden Tierkries for DS and 2012’s Genso Suikoden: Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki for PSP being spin-offs that just didn’t capture the series’ magic.
When it comes to Suikoden we’d gladly sacrifice an arm and a leg for another mainline release. It doesn’t need to have fancy graphics or anything like that, Konami. All we want is a classic JRPG with a gripping political story and 108 wonderful characters to recruit. Is that too much to ask for?
Last game in the series: Touch My Katamari (PS Vita, 2011)
It’s been 6 years since the release of the fantastic Touch My Katamari on PS Vita. Sure, there’s there’s been a couple of releases on iOS and Android since then, but we don’t count them because… well… they’re mobile games.
We’ve spent countless hours over the years rolling up toys, food, people and even buildings in order to please the King of All Cosmos, and it’s always been a pleasure. The graphics are colourful, the music is quirky, and the whole premise is just so bizarre that’s it’s hard to not be drawn into the crazy action.
Will we ever get a new Katamari game on console? We don’t know. But we’d sure as hell love one. Make it happen please, you beautiful Bandai Namco people.