Sequels are big business. Publishers are more comfortable funding already established games that have proven to be big sellers, and the majority of games coming out these days are proof of that. Just take a look at these last few months of 2011: Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Uncharted 3.
So why not spare a thought for some of the great games that didn't get a sequel?
Yes, we should be encouraging developers and publishers to work on some new IPs rather than recycling the same characters and gameplay mechanics, but sequels are a great way to build upon and improve existing games to make them even greater.
Here's a few games that we'd like to see get a sequel.
We did mention MDK 3 in another feature in the last few weeks, but damn it, we want it made! MDK 2's gameplay still holds up extremely well today despite its age, and we don't often get fun, quirky games like it any more.
It mixed precise platforming, fiendish puzzles and balls-out shooting so effortlessly. The Darkness 2 might be touting quad-wielding as a brand new feature for the game, but MDK 2 did it first in Max's levels. Four gatling guns, anyone? The writing throughout was top-notch as well, and the Doctor never failed to make us crack a smile as he bumbled his way through the levels and created completely crazy weaponry. The game also featured an awesome soundtrack by Jesper Kyd, more recently known for his work on the Hitman series and Assassin's Creed.
In 2007, publisher Interplay stated that sequels to Earthworm Jim, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, Descent as well as MDK were all something they would like to do in the future, provided they could secure the financing to do so.
Sadly, we don't have much hope of seeing MDK 3. We think the game would be a bit too 'out there' and wouldn't resonate so well with gamers today. It's so different and wacky compared to most games out on the market currently that we just get the feeling that it wouldn't sell too well. With any luck, we'll be proven to be so, so wrong and Interplay will bring Max, Kurt and The Doctor back in full force sometime soon.