most cases, reinvention is the key to prolonged commercial success, and the vast
majority of franchises reimagine themselves constantly in order to maintain a
sense of relevance.
In some cases, a game will reinvent itself so considerably
that it becomes virtually unrecognisable, changing everything about the original experience,
from gameplay to narrative conventions, thereby evolving to meet the demands of
an ever expanding audience.
Sometimes, these reinventions are successful, breathing new life into an otherwise ailing franchise, adapting the formula into something completely dissimilar, as
well as utterly remarkable. In other cases, the change in direction can prove disastrous,
actively ruining iconic franchises, and tarnishing their reputations in the
process. Either way, an attempt at reinvention should always be applauded – especially
when you consider how stagnant some franchises have become – and while the
results may vary significantly, the intentions are usually admirable.
that being said, here are ten franchises that drastically reinvented
themselves, transforming into something completely fresh
and original, and risking everything in the process…
to 2003, Fallout 3 had gone into development numerous times, eventually finding
itself cancelled, the original developers – Black Isles Studios – unable to
complete the project due to financial difficulties. Thankfully, Bethesda
Softworks acquired the rights to the franchise, and were able release the game
after an entire decade of development limbo, the game itself praised
considerably for its scope and design, as well as its story.
date, the game has been awarded numerous Game of the Year awards, and is often
cited as one of the finest games of the previous generation. With that being
said, Fallout 3 was undoubtedly a departure for the series.
thing, the game was no longer turn-based, the perspective also shifting from
top-down to a more conventional first-person viewpoint, creating a vastly
dissimilar experience from Fallout and Fallout 2.
Did It Work?
critics and various newcomers approved of these changes – the game often now credited with revitalising
the franchise – many fans preferred the style of the originals, and were
disappointed with the change in direction.
Regardless, Bethesda were able to
successfully reinvent the franchise for a whole new generation of players, maintaining
the series’ sense of humour and narrative style whilst reimagining its core gameplay