Recently, there have been a number of veteran developers taking to crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter, aiming to create games outside of the traditional publisher structure. Often, these games have been spiritual successors to iconic franchises, or love letters to game series of the past. Obsidian had huge success with Infinity Engine-style RPG Pillars of Eternity, creating an expertly-crafted role-playing game. Wasteland 2 had similar success, bringing the Fallout influencer back into the fore.
There’s more to come as well. Star Citizen has broken a number of crowdfunding records since it was successfully backed in 2012, and the Cloud Imperium game aims to push the boundaries of the space sim genre. Meanwhile, two other titles have recently achieved their crowdfunded goals: Yooka-Laylee acts as a perfect spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie, whilst Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night sees Castlevania developer Koji Igarashi returning to the platforming genre.
Even then, there are certainly more games that could do with a Kickstarter-backed successor. After all, the history of video games is littered with much-loved abandoned franchises and highly-anticipated cancelled games. Here’s our pick of 10 games deserving of a crowdfunded reboot.
When Silent Hills was cancelled, it immediately became one of the most controversial parts of recent gaming news. The collaboration between Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro – starring The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus no less – looked set to become a classic after P.T. appeared on the PlayStation Store. However, Kojima’s split from publisher Konami was far from amicable, resulting in the title’s cancellation and P.T. being eradicated from players’ game libraries.
Silent Hill fans looking forward to the project still cling on to a thin ray of hope, though, as del Toro has said that he would be more than happy to collaborate with Kojima once more. There would certainly be enough fans to successfully fund the title, if that incredibly popular online petition is any indicator. It may be a long shot, but here’s hoping a spiritual sibling could one day happen.
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