EA have been around a long time and plenty of popular IPs have come and gone since the company formed. We’ve seen them resurrect some of those old franchises before, and some titles like Bullfrog’s RTS Syndicate are rumored to be making a return soon. More might be on the cards in this respect though, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau says.
Speaking to CVG on the subject, Gibeau revealed: “We do have a couple of old franchises that we’re looking at right now… reimagining them and bringing them back.
“We’ve got 25 years of good IPs and I’ve worked on a few of them in my career like Road Rash and the Strike series. So I have a strong affinity for a lot of the things we’ve done in the past.
“We kind of have a rule which is you’ve got to have a really good reason to bring something back – What can you do to it that makes it fresh and brings something new to the equation of the franchise?”
Gibeau continued, sighting last year’s Medal of Honor reboot: “Like basically what we did with Medal of Honor when we brought it back; we looked at going after more modern themes… the war that’s happening now as opposed to a historical war. That was the reason we brought Medal of Honor back.
“But when we look at Road Rash, the Strike series or some of these other franchises we really challenge ourselves. We can’t just put them on new tech with the same gameplay from ten years ago, we’ve got to have something new. That’s the typical challenge that we have,” he concluded.
Personally? We’d like a proper Theme Park revival, but there are a tonne of other franchises for EA to touch upon. What would you like to see?