The biggest question in fantasy world is whether Jon Snow is really dead but let me have another take and ask whether Dark Souls and uncharted are truly over and what it means. What a game developer needs is a set equation to know when a game as done its time in reality this is done through fan reception and in some games they have taken this to mean fans can be milked of cash and any belief that the game will end.
Dark Souls trilogy has enthralled many fans with its action based game, and RPG elements. It allows players to make parts of the story, and get the information from characters in the environment. The games ,although set in the same universe, are tenuously linked story wise, with the final saga detailing a struggle to defeat four rogue Lords of Cinder. The director has suggested that the series is over, but other types like it could be in the pipeline. I, personally think that this is a good way to develop games, keeping ideas fresh and new.
Another game having the same fate is Uncharted, with the long waited 4th game being the last. However, looking at the plot this game, it will bring back Nathan Drake from some sort of retirement for him to dare one last mission. This is a well used game, and movie, idea that when all is lost bring the main character out of retirement. With Uncharted doing so well it understandable that developers will want to keep it going, but sometimes it is possible to overdo plots and story elements.
Other interesting endings include the Halo Reclaimer Saga, which we can assume could be the end of Master Chief, a character that has brought billions for Microsoft. Also, Assassin’s Creed is producing the same issues which face many other games, and in my opinion it needs an ending soon or it will end up being a Ubisoft cash cow.
These points lead to a few themes in gaming; the first being money or the need to make games into an endless revenue stream that has no end in sight, making gamers still go and get games such as Mario, Zelda, Assassin’s Creed, Resident Evil and Pokemon to name a few. I’m not saying these games haven’t been good, it’s that just gamers have been made to pay vast sums, with very few fresh ideas.
The next issue is the possibility about new ways developers can make games. This can, now, either be through new consoles, or the added element of virtual reality which packs another element into their ideas and themes.
The final reality for gaming is online and DLC content; personally I think that DLCs are lost on a lot of people, and don’t get gamers to immerse within the world. However, online console gaming may be the next big idea, with games such as Destiny and The Division leading the charge. They have brought elements from the PC gaming world, such as the comradery and RPG ideology, whilst also extending their games. This means that they have attempted to make it more like a TV series, with extra adaptations to the game, whilst still having the same gameplay elements. This is a scary idea, but actually makes sense if it able to immerse with fans and use their insights. I say this I just recently completed a very long survey for Ubisoft, wanting to know where the gamers wanted The Division to go.
I’ll leave you with some food for thought; if all developers try and use fan opinion to better their game this means gaming maybe about to change completely. Also wouldn’t you rather a game series that actually ended, and you can look back and say ‘what a game that was,’ rather than playing a half baked game every year, constantly waiting until someone actually writes an ending for it. Anyone remember the TV series Lost? Its biggest problem was that it lost (no pun intended) most of its audience because of a long series with no ending in sight. The key to remember is sometimes having an actual ending is better than no ending in sight, at all.