Like a corpse bitten by a zombie, video game franchises rarely stay dead for long. Even when once popular series darken for a decade, it feels like publishers are always willing to try again… eventually. In 2021, Terror Metroid showed downtrodden fans that Nintendo still cares about the classic series. We also had several relaunch announcements this year, with games like Dead space and Alan wake ready to make a comeback in the next year or two.
While there are tons of exciting comebacks in the works, there are plenty of beloved franchises still awaiting their well-deserved resurrection. As 2022 approaches, I’m less curious about upcoming releases that I already know and more interested in what might make a surprise comeback. And with all the rumors going around, I already have hope. Here are six franchises that could benefit from the stimulus treatment in 2022.
The new “Boy Who Cried Wolf” claims Silent Hill may return soon. For the past few years, gamers have speculated that the iconic horror series could be relaunched any day. The most popular theory is that Hideo Kojima would be directing a new game in the franchise. This desire for real gamers has taken gamers on a bizarre odyssey this year as many convinced themselves that the upcoming indie horror game Abandoned was secretly a new Silent Hill (it isn’t).
Conspiracy theories aside, there’s good reason to believe Silent Hill may reappear soon. Several rumors circulated last year, speculating that the project was in preparation at Bloober Team or Kojima Productions. The former denied this claim, noting that the rumors were based on outdated information. However, a October rumor says Sony could fund a new installment with Kojima at the helm. For now, that’s still wishful thinking, but it seems plausible given Sony’s history with Kojima.
It’s been a long time since we entered the world of Rapture. Bioshock Infinite was the last release of the dystopian action series and that was in 2013. The series is late for a new installment. 2K Games has already confirmed that a sequel will return in 2019, but new rumors indicate that it could finally debut soon.
Several alleged Bioshock 4 leaks have emerged this year with varying degrees of credibility. A popular rumor claims the game is called Bioshock Isolation – and it even got a mockup logo as supporting evidence. This rumor also noted that a reveal was coming in early 2022, so it has yet to be fully debunked. Journalist Colin Moriarty added more fuel to the fire, noting that the next game would be set in Antarctica in the 1960s, a claim allegedly saved by VGC sources. With so many credible rumors circulating, it seems likely we’ll see this in some form or another in 2022.
Fall of the titans
When it comes to Fall of the Titans 3, fans have received mixed signals this year. In September, Respawn Entertainment’s community coordinator Jason Garza was asked about the possibility of a new Titanfall game during one of his broadcasts. “We have nothing in preparation. There is nothing there, ”he replied. It seemed like just as good a confirmation as any, so websites reported it accordingly.
Respawn’s Twitter account applauded the demands shortly thereafter, tweeting: “Contrary to what some people are reporting, Titanfall is the very core of our DNA. Who knows what the future holds… ”It sounded like a deliberate match for a future game, although Titanfall 3 has yet to be officially confirmed. Either way, Respawn may want to lock down their posts to the franchise rather than calling reporters for reporting what their own staff are saying about them.
Twisted Metal was once synonymous with PlayStation consoles. The daring, vehicular fighting game was a staple of Sony’s early game library. Despite this, we haven’t seen a main entry in the series since 2012. There is good reason to believe that it will return, however. A TV series is in the works with Anthony Mackie on board, so it’s rational to think a game could coincide with that.
Indeed, this is exactly what the rumor mill claims. In September, reporter Jeff Grubb noted that a revival of the game is quietly developing. Of all the rumors on this list, this one carries the most water. We know that Sony is doing much more to expand its media strategy, adapting games like Unexplored and The last of us in film and television. With Twisted Metal in development, it would be strange for the company to launch a TV show based on an inert series for a decade.
The Castlevania series isn’t exactly dead. In fact, it thrives in some ways. He has a successful Netflix series and still regularly gets retro collections with old games. That said, it’s been a while since we’ve had a full and correct Castlevania game. Considering Metroid had a successful 2D revival in 2021, I for one can’t wait to see if Castlevania can take the same approach.
It may not be a dream. Anonymous sources would have told VGC that Konami has several franchise covers in the works, ranging from Metal Gear to (surprise!) Silent Hill. Castlevania is supposed to be on this list, with a new game in internal development at Konami. While this is a shaky rumor due to anonymous sources, it does make sense given the popularity of the Netflix series. Much like Twisted Metal, it would be strange for a publisher not to capitalize on a franchise’s success in other media.
I bet you didn’t see this last one coming. Yes, Gex, the sarcastic gecko of the 90s, could make a comeback in 2022. On December 15, Square Enix filed a new trademark for Gex, which was enough to pique fans’ interest. It might just be a routine IP cleanup, but Gex fans can believe it, right?
Frankly, a revival of Gex makes as much sense as anything else. Classic ’90s franchises have steadily made nostalgic returns in recent years. Crash Bandicoot made a comeback with a brand new game, and the original Spyro games received a remaster treatment in 2018. It’s easy to see how Square Enix might want to capitalize on this trend by either remastering or creating Gex’s old adventures. an entirely new one. . I’ll take anything at this point; Gex fans are not allowed to be picky.