We Will Give in to Rumor and Hearsay: My favorite fan theories for future games.

Posted: April 14, 2013 by ryanlecocq in Off-topic

I’m not taking credit for these theories.  A lot of the ideas are mine or were from threads I posted in a lot, but many other users of many forums contributed to these.  Just a few of my favorite fan theories about what future entries in popular game series will be.

 

Big Red War (next Red Dead game)

Since the epilogue of Red Dead Redemption finishes at the outset of World War I, with Jack Marston of the perfect age to be drafted, this one is a no brainer.  Although Redemption is not a direct followup to Revolver, it would still be a great way to go.  I imagine the best way to make the game work is if Jack was a courier or a spy (think Young Indiana Jones).  This would give you the freedom to travel the open world and take part in all of the major events of the war without wrecking the plot.  Think The Saboteur meets Assassin’s Creed III.  Also, the arbitrary change of scenery to Europe would give Rockstar a new sandbox to work with, without the need to create a new protagonist and plot from scratch.  Finally, in the same way that Redemption was “the late Wild West in a nutshell,” being able to hit the highlights (so to speak) of another dynamic time and place in human history would be an easy fit.  Jack Marston, being the perfect example of a rural American thrust into world events, would be as excellent a fit as John Marston’s “man out of time and place” character.

 

Lunarshock or Bioshock Darkside

Where else could Bioshock really go next besides the moon?  I envision it as a secret Russian city on the dark side of the moon, taking place in the 70s or 80s.  Some forward thinking cosmonauts and scientists didn’t like the way things were going in the Kremlin, so just like Ryan and ol’ Comstock, they went their separate way.  Of course, as always happens, something (or a lot of things) goes awry and you are the person who arrives at the worst (or best) possible time.  The Shock series got its roots is space, but while many fans have been clamoring for Irrational to do a remake of System Shock next, I disagree.  Always the novel if there is novelty to be made.  I think something that really brings out the 70s and 80s idea of “future-tech” (like Alien and 2001) would be awesome.  Big colored plastic buttons and old computer noises galore.  It could be a spiritual return to System Shock and even have many references, while still being a new game.  Also, it would be really cool if it was Russians, making it the first time the series explored a completely foreign concept of Utopia/Dystopia.  Since many of the great innovators in that genre were in fact Russian, total home run.

 

The Eventual Assassin’s Creed Game Set in the Present/Near Future That Everyone Has Been Expecting for Years.

So, was I the only one that thought there would eventually be an AC game where you play as Desmond the entire time?  Because apparently the devs were totally not thinking that as the main AC trilogy wrapped up with you still mostly playing inside the Animus.  Assassin’s Creed 4 apparently has you playing not as Desmond, but still playing one of his ancestors.  So unless there is a huge outcry of some kind, looks like things are not headed in that direction.  There should be though!  I mean, not just because I was disappointed that Desmond’s long, drawn out coming-of-age did not in fact lead to him getting his own game.  I could live without that because I was only moderately attached to him vs. his ancestors.  I just love games like MGS and Deus Ex that have stealth gameplay in a present or near future environment.  I love it when series throw you at the world you know and tell you to infiltrate it.  Because you know you think about it all the time.

 

The Legend of Zelda “Gritty Reboot”

I know that every Legend of Zelda game fits that description in some way as they often go in a crazy direction.  What I mean is the game where they hire a whole new team, design a new engine from scratch and rethink what it means to be a Zelda game.  I’m not saying this will necessarily be a good game, just that it is inevitable.  There have now been so many Zelda games, going in so many directions, the only thing any corporation holding a valuable license can possibly do is reboot it to be accessible to new fans.  It’s just a market law, trust me.  So basically, regardless of if they have made sense of the convoluted Zelda timeline or not, it probably won’t matter a few games from now.  There is bound to be a totally audacious reboot Zelda in the next few years.  Who knows, we may even see black Link.  I would play it.

Best case scenario and I know this sounds like an ethnocentrist thing to say, but let an American studio take a hand at it.  A whole generation of American developers grew up with LoZ games too and I’m sure they would love to get a crack at making one.  As long as Nintendo was very choosy about who, rather than just handing it to a big company like Bioware or Bethesda, I think it could turn out really good.

 

That’s all for now.  Feel free to suggest your own.

Oh wait, no it’s not.  Also, this one is totally my idea from my own sick mind.

 

Sonic Online (aka Furries Online)

Most of you will be shocked by what you are about to read.  No explanation on how I know this,besides that I am not myself a Furry.  So back in them early 90s, Archie Comics started this comic series based on Sonic the Hedgehog.  One of the worst kept secrets in videogame nerddom is that this comic has enjoyed nearly two decades of success, not because of its affiliation with the beloved video game mascot, but because it is the unofficial comic book of the people that dress up in plush costumes.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, please don’t ask me, google it.  Anywho, the comic book has it’s own entire universe of anthropomorphized characters with little relation to the Sonic games.  It bears more resemblance to the Disney Princess franchise mixed with My Little Pony (also a big Furry deal) than Sonic’s save the animals from the robot fat guy story.  If this subculture can support now half a dozen or so monthly comics and oodles of merchandise and let’s face it, Archie Comics period, then it can support an MMO.

You heard me right.  Furries are people too.  Give them their MMO, let them make their fantasy anthro selves and let them RP.  The rest of the world doesn’t have to watch and everyone deserves to be happy.

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