GamerSushi Asks: Resurrecting IPs?

Anachronox art

In a pretty astonishing move yesterday, Square Enix announced Collective, a new crowdfunding platform that allows indie developers to pitch and create games for some of their old, dormant IPs. With Collective, Square Enix is basically allowing indie developers to rouse some of their sleeping properties, with Anachronox, Fear Effect and Gex going up for grabs. Developers that create games for these will receive a majority of their profits if Square helps publish, and all of the profits if Square does not.

To me, this is an inspiring, fascinating idea, and one that makes total sense. If you’re a developer with a huge backcatalog of IPs, some of which you know for sure you don’t have the resources or interest in resurrecting, why not hand them over to the community to see what comes out of it? It’s incredibly forward thinking of Square Enix, and I’m dying to see if other companies follow suit. In particular, I can’t wait to see what folks do with Anachronox, an often-overlooked cyberpunk noir RPG that had a rich atmosphere, ripe with potential.

So my question for you all on this Friday of Asking Things is this: if you had a chance to resurrect an old, long unvisited property, what would it be? What are some old games that you’d love to see more of, and would you change anything about how they’re presented? Let’s call this an impromptu game jam. Go!

Source – Gamasutra. Image by Alex Chin Yu Chu

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3 thoughts on “GamerSushi Asks: Resurrecting IPs?”

  1. I would love to see a new Banjo Kazooie game that was in the style of the original two. The first one was one of the first games I ever played. The game is so jam packed with personality and quirkiness, it would be a welcome addition to the Xbox One line up if Microsoft were to give it a proper return.

  2. @drell

    I’ve dreamt of a spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie for such a long time. That, too, was the first game I ever played, at 5 years old. That was my dad and I’s favorite adventure game. We played it together a lot, working together to solve the puzzles and enjoying the different worlds. I still own that cartridge and Nintendo 64 to this day. It would be awesome to see that happen in this day and age.

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