14 Video Game Franchises That Will Never Die

Immortality, thy name is Pokémon.

Square Enix

There are some franchises that will never end, either because they’re far too successful for their own good, or because some fans just refuse to let a good thing die. I mean, could you even imagine a world without Pokémon, or The Legend of Zelda? How about annual staples like Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, of Microsoft’s treasured Halo series?

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, these games have become permanent fixtures in the video game landscape and permanent residents in our homes and on our screens. Whatever the reason, these franchises will just keep on producing new instalments, and even when it looks like they may have finally died a death, they’ll resurface and begin all over again.

There are some games that are just so intrinsically linked to the medium of video games that the two cannot be disconnected. There may have been a five year gap between Tomb Raider: Underworld on the Playstation 2 and 2012’s Tomb Raider, but like many of the entries on this list, some franchises just don’t know when to stay down.

With that said, here are 14 video games franchises that will be alive and kicking until the end of time, whether we like it or not…


A postgraduate student at Durham University, Richard's passions include detective fiction and PC gaming, and he is currently writing a novel about neither.