5 Game Sequels That Disgracefully Haven't Happened Yet

by Ben Salter Featured 27 Comments 40 Votes 4929 Views 18/07/2012 Back to Articles

The industry is being inundated by sequels right now: Halo 4, Assassin’s Creed III, Grand Theft Auto V, Black Ops 2...and all the rest. Safe sequels, games that will be much the same as their predecessors, and are almost guaranteed to rake in millions of dollars for their respective publishers.

There’s fun to be had, but if we’re going to continue to tread the sequel path, we need something that bleeds originality. Something from a game that mightn’t have broken sales records, but was solid and innovative enough to warrant a second attempt.

Mirror’s Edge 2 | PS3, Xbox 360, PC - 2008

Mirror’s Edge is on the tip of the tongue during sequel talk; for good reason. It was unique, original and loads of fun. Sure, not the greatest game, but there is so much potential if EA were to give Digital Illusions a second chance.

The possibility of a sequel reemerges every year, but we never get any closer to progress, unless you include a side-scrolling iOS version. There has been talk of a sequel entering production and then being halted by the big-wigs at EA, but that’s all meaningless banter.

Make it happen EA. I’ll buy a copy.

Eternal Darkness 2 | GameCube - 2002

Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem is another absolute gem that failed to attract the audience it frankly deserved. Did you play it? No? You’re a bad person (unless you’re under about 19, then you’re excused on an age technicality).

External Darkness was an amazing experience that engrossed the player by making him feel as if he were actually going insane with the protagonist. Although, that effect may have been lost by dated hardware if you were to go back and play it now.

We heard babble of a sequel all the way back in 2006, but nothing ever eventuated. Rumours re-emerged in 2008, but two years later, developer Silicon Knights was in all sorts of serious shit due to this thing about having no money. Long story short, they rallied, and late last year we heard that a down-sized Silicon Knights is working on “one of their most requested titles” for the next generation of consoles.

Eternal Darkness 2 for Wii U; could it be?

Psychonauts 2 | PC, PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360 - 2005

Psychonauts is the unequivocal example of a sequel that should have been commissioned by now, that deserves to happen, but just won’t be. Sequels aren’t about quality -- just ask Hollywood -- they are about money, and selling games hasn’t been a highlight of Tim Schafer’s otherwise illustrious career.

The man’s a creative genius, and one of the most original minds in the industry, but that doesn’t make sequels. Money makes sequels, which is perhaps why he has turned to crowd-sourcing with Kickstarter in a big “screw you!” to anyone who has refused to pay for his brilliance to be realised.

Anyone who gave Psychonauts a chance will tell you that it’s one of the most unique and interesting platformers ever made; although, it wasn’t for everyone, and that’s perhaps what led to poor sales.

Nevertheless, it deserves the sequel that it will probably never get.

Conker’s Bad Fur Day 2 | Nintendo 64 - 2001

What a heinously squandered opportunity. Hilarity and some of the most crude dialogue ever to appear in a video game wasn’t enough to convince anyone that Conker should have another bad fur day. The 2005 remake was a massive misstep -- and the beginning of Rare’s well documented decline -- as it removed far too much of what made the adult orientated game so fun four years prior.

Maybe games are too realistic nowadays to handle a drunk squirrel that pisses all over the place, drives a tank and bounces on a flower’s giant breasts. Although, I believe the average 30-year-old gamer would be totally down for that in HD.

However, it was made by Rare. That means a sequel now would be ruddy awful, as they’re much too focused on fitness games and broken dreams to do something meaningful with Conker.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 3 | Xbox, PC - 2003

The only game on the list that actually did get a sequel, Knights of the Old Republic needs to keep going. Hopefully EA learnt its lesson with Star Wars: The Old Republic (notice the lack of “Knights of” in that title) last year. Apparently nobody wants to play a Star Wars MMO. Probably because that audience is still too lost in WoW to release it isn’t 2005 anymore.

What Star Wars fan might enjoy is an amazing single-player game that follows the foundations that were inexplicably abandoned after the 2004/05 release. If we wanted a multiplayer Star Wars game, it would be Battlefront 3, not an MMO.

In fact, all the wrong Star Wars sequels have been made over the past five years. The games we actually want to play haven’t gone anywhere. Just sayin’.

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Eternal Darknesses sequel was apparently being worked on recently but got canned. :/

I've always wanted a sequel to Bad Fur Day, but with modern Rare I'm not sure if they could do it right.

Tsunamo said: Eternal Darknesses sequel was apparently being worked on recently but got canned. :/
I've always wanted a sequel to Bad Fur Day, but with modern Rare I'm not sure if they could do it right.



Eternal Darkness rumour was canned again?

There are three rumours of it, then being canned, up to 2008, then one in November last year that it's being worked on for next gen. I don't think that rumour has been followed up with a cancellation rumour (which would be the fourth time)?
https://www.google.com.au/#hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=Eternal+Darkness+canceled&oq=Eternal+Darkness+canceled&gs_l=hp.3..0i8j0i22.1924.7788.0.7927.27.24.1.1.1.2.653.9737.2-2j6j7j7.22.0...0.0...1c.aTe3m3IX4EA&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=53516449ec706352&biw=1280&bih=697

It came up around the time of E3 this year. Google's being annoying so you'll have to copy and paste it :P
didn't knights of the old republic 2 sew the seeds for the MMO, so the biggest problem a 3rd KOTOR game will have is continuity. Plus if EA continues with starwars I think we are gonna see a repeat of what they did to the Ultima series.
I WANT ROLE PLAY STARWARS.... kotor 3-4-5-6... no MMO... no battlefields... if you get this right... all is well in the force.
Mirror's Edge 2 NEEDS to happen. If EA are ridiculous enough NOT to release a sequel running on the Frostbite 2 engine, then all hope for gaming has been lost [Rage]
I'll throw one out there.

Sword of the Samurai was a really cool game on the ps2. A sequel to that would be great thank you Ubisoft or Lightweight or whoever makes these decisions.

Been waiting for ages, hoping a crappy motion controlled based game wouldnt pop up and ruin the franchise.

But not even that!

I guess there's this,

en.wikipedia.org/...

But I've never seen or heard of it before now.
Mirror’s Edge sucked. I don't want a sequel to that shit.
Glad to not see Heavy Rain on the list. Another one I don't want to happen
I hated Mirror's edge, it was crap, stupid controls. all over the place. that does not deserve a sequel
fur day 2 will never happen, same goes for eternal darkness
*cough* Half Life 2 sequel*cough*
*cough* kingdom hearts 3 *cough*

DerekRyan said: *cough* kingdom hearts 3 *cough*

That's happening though.

chucky110 said: I hated Mirror's edge, it was crap, stupid controls. all over the place. that does not deserve a sequel


surprise surprise

DerekRyan said: *cough* kingdom hearts 3 *cough*


But KH2 has had 2 sequels and 2 prequels.

Blob said:But KH2 has had 2 sequels and 2 prequels.

But Blob, it's not a new number so it doesn't count.
They're all useless spin-offs, remember?
I don't think i want to see Conker’s Bad Fur Day 2 after what rare did to banjo kazooie
I remember loving Conker so much, and looking up online to hear speculation 'the conker sequel will be on gamecube!'

But obviously that didnt pan out! I remember feeling sold out, but not as bad as the Xbox sequel...and I dont expect to see him again, it would nuts if he did make a return. (squirel + nuts = joke >.> )

And also when I did play eternal darkness... It was a game that really shocked me in alot of ways. It was a game that was unlike anything Ive played before that messes with your head, I know what insanity is like thanks to that game.... It still haunts my nighmares...

for a sequel to those it would be a case of SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
i agree with all of them except mirrors edge. what a pile of crap that was.

XxmadmanxX said:

chucky110 said: I hated Mirror's edge, it was crap, stupid controls. all over the place. that does not deserve a sequel


surprise surprise

Yeah surprise surprise, I wasn't the only one who said that yet you had to respond to mine.
Yes OMG Conker! That game wa remade for the original Xbox but it was a rare game for that console too. I'd be happy with another port but a sequel would be great!
Mirror's Edge 2, why you no come [Rage]
I've been dying for sequels to all the old school point and click games from Lucasarts, such as Full Throttle and also Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis.
I want a sequel to Jet Force Gemini, another great Rare title of course like Conker it's sooooo unlikely.
Legend Of Dragoon

BigFieldy said: I've been dying for sequels to all the old school point and click games from Lucasarts, such as Full Throttle and also Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis.



OH YEAH!
um. timesplitters 4 anyone?

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