The video game industry can be brutal. With news coming out seemingly every other month about chaotic development processes, studio meltdowns and corporate back-stabbings, it's a surprise so many great games get made at all.
And considering just how cutthroat both the industry as well as fans of the medium can be at times, it's no wonder that some of our favourite franchises sometimes get caught in the crossfire.
In fact, over the years, some of gaming's most beloved giants have either been killed off completely, or forced to continue as husks of their former selves. Thanks to this survival-of-the-fittest mentality, they're destined to be remembered as casualties in a war of dumb decisions that were made by publishers and developers chasing the money train.
So, while a lot of franchises get the boot simply because they don't make a sizeable enough profit for their publishers, there are many fondly remembered franchises from years gone by whose deaths weren't quite so respectable.