9 Genre-Defining Video Game Franchises That Died While You Weren't Looking

Here today, gone tomorrow.


Not all fledgling ideas - good or otherwise - are meant to be; cancellations and pitch rejections happen on a daily basis without the world ever knowing of their existence. But how on Earth - in our always-online age, no less - do genre-defining classics with established fan bases and proven success fall off the radar without so much as an epitaph to mourn their demise?

Genre-defining, best-in-class, critically acclaimed; you'd think such complimentary terms would smother any franchise awarded those honors with eternal protection from harm, but nope - just one hiccup is all it takes to trigger the irreversible destruction of a much-loved property.

Konami's Silent Hill - a horror landmark - has been MIA since the former's business relationship with Hideo Kojima went caput, and despite it promising otherwise, we've not heard a peep about a potential replacement for Silent Hills in over two years.

And that's a recent example. So many of these genre-defining greats live on in the memory of those that grew up with them, which is more than can be said for their caretakers.

Never forget.

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Joe is a freelance games journalist who, while not spending every waking minute selling himself to websites around the world, spends his free time writing. Most of it makes no sense, but when it does, he treats each article as if it were his Magnum Opus - with varying results.