It finally happened. After years of waiting, a developer announces an eagerly anticipated sequel to a beloved game! That announcement is coupled with a slick teaser trailer or even a simple logo. Articles and threads pop up left and right, hyper analyzing every bit of detail that was revealed. Theories abound that are so bizarre they couldn’t possibly be true but are just plausible enough to make them worth entertaining.
And then the dust settles. The initial high wanes. Players are now left with a year or more of waiting time before that sequel arrives. The wait for a highly anticipated sequel is a rough one, which is why many developers often release a new remaster or port to help make that wait time more bearable. With so many highly anticipated sequels upcoming, there are a few select games that should see a remaster while players wait for a sequel.
10 A Remaster Of The Metroid Prime: Trilogy Should Help Maintain Metroid’s Rennaissance
The Metroid series has received a monumental renaissance in recent years with Metroid: Samus Returns and Metroid: Dread. However, there is still one game missing: Metroid Prime 4, which was revealed during E3 2017 alongside Samus Returns. Metroid Prime 4 has gone through a rough development cycle, including a full restart under a different developer.
Remastering the Metroid Prime: Trilogy for Nintendo Switch can not only help maintain the recent momentum of the Metroid series but also serve as an introductory point for new players. A release in 2022 would also coincide with the 20-year anniversary of the original Metroid Prime for Nintendo GameCube.
9 Before God Of War’s Norse Saga Concludes, Revisiting Greece Could Make For A Fun Refresher Course
Kratos’ journey through the Norse mythology is set to conclude in 2022’s God of War Ragnarök. What’s next for Kratos and Atreus after the events of Ragnarök remains to be seen, but the tale of the Spartan soldier turned God-killer will soon span eight main titles.
With the Norse saga concluding, a refresher course on Kratos’ Greek saga would be very welcomed, especially if it were to release for PC like 2018’s God of War eventually did. Sony has previously released a similar compilation for the PlayStation 3 in 2012. However, the God of War Saga collection was released prior to another entry in the Greek saga – God of War Ascension.
8 Final Fantasy XIII Should Be Next In Line For A Final Fantasy Remaster
Square-Enix is no stranger to remastering their older Final Fantasy titles. With the exception of the MMORPG Final Fantasy XI, every mainline Final Fantasy up to Final Fantasy XII has received some form of remaster or enhanced port.
With Final Fantasy XVI on the way, now is the perfect time to revisit Final Fantasy XIII. FFXIII did receive a PC port in 2014 with the Xbox 360 version also being enhanced for Xbox One X backward compatibility. With many previously exclusive Final Fantasy games making their Nintendo debut recently, FFXIII, as well as its sequels, would be a perfect fit for the Switch.
7 A Mortal Kombat Anthology Release Is Long Passed Due
In 2022, the Mortal Kombat series will be celebrating its 30 year anniversary. After 30 years full of blood, fatalities, and controversy, the Mortal Kombat brand is stronger than ever. 2021 marked the official conclusion of support for Mortal Kombat 11, with Mortal Kombat 12 expected to be revealed sooner rather than later, potentially even cutting in line ahead of Injustice 3.
Netherealm Studios should take a page from the books of other fighting game series such as Street Fighter and Samurai Showdown by releasing a full anthology of the Mortal Kombat series. A compilation of the original trilogy or the recent Netherealm trilogy would suffice, but there’s more to the series than those six Mortal Kombat titles, and those remaining five deserve some love too.
6 Grand Theft Auto IV Could Help Make Up For The Botched Definitive Edition Trilogy
The sour taste of the Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition still freshly lingers in the mouths of many Grand Theft Auto fans. With the announcement that Grand Theft Auto VI is in development, Rockstar Games could take this opportunity to pacify recent views of the company as a result of the Definitive Edition by giving Grand Theft Auto IV the remaster treatment. While such a remaster would be approached with hesitation by fans, a clean and controversy-free remaster could potentially be what Rockstar needs right now, whether it’s GTA IV or Red Dead Redemption.
An alternative to GTA IV would be remastering the PlayStation Portable’s Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories, giving GTA fans an opportunity to play two underrated GTA titles.
5 Fallout 3 And Fallout New Vegas Could Use The Skyrim Treatment
The Fallout series is not expected to see a sequel anytime soon. Bethesda Softworks is currently known to be working on games such as Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI. Fallout fans eager to explore the series’ post-apocalyptic world and dig into more Fallout lore currently have the ongoing Fallout 76 for those needs. Eventually, the time will come for Fallout 5.
With Bethesda Softworks’ efforts to frequently remaster, enhance, and port The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Fallout fans are left to wonder if/when they’ll ever see Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas receive similar attention. A remaster of both Fallout titles could not only give these old classics a fresh coat of paint, but also clean up many of these games’ annoying bugs. Fallout remasters could also offer up new content, such as mods for consoles.
4 It’s Time For Persona 3 To Be The Center Of Attention
Much like Fallout, there isn’t a new mainline Persona formally announced. With the overwhelming success of Persona 5, it’s easy to assume that a Persona 6 is a matter of when and not if. Now that Persona 4 Golden has escaped exclusivity of the PlayStation Vita by releasing on PC in 2020, it’s time for Persona 3 to take a much-needed step into the spotlight.
A definitive version of Persona 3 that carries over the best aspects of Persona 3 FES and Persona 3 Portable would be perfect bringing with features such as the ability to play as a female protagonist, the ability to control the actions of party members, and include “The Answer” epilogue.
3 Mass Effect Received A Remastered Collection, So Why Not Dragon Age?
One of the best remasters of 2021 was EA Games’ Mass Effect Legendary Collection bundling together the original Mass Effect trilogy into one package in anticipation for the next entry in the series, bringing the story back to the Milky Way after Mass Effect Andromeda.
With Dragon Age 4 confirmed to be in development, it only makes sense for Dragon Age to receive a similar bundle with Dragon Age, Dragon Age II, and Dragon Age Inquisition. While the Dragon Age series doesn’t tell a single, overarching, narrative like the Mass Effect trilogy, there are certainly connections between the three Dragon Age titles that will likely carry over into Dragon Age 4, making it an enticing package for prospective Dragon Age players.
2 The Switch Could Have Every Xenoblade Chronicles Game With A Xenoblade Chronicles X Remaster
Monolith Soft’s Xenoblade Chronicles series has proven to be a big winner in Nintendo’s catalog. The original Xenoblade Chronicles, the first in a subseries of the greater Xeno series, was initially released for the Nintendo Wii in 2010 and has since been remastered for the New Nintendo 3DS and Switch.
With Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles 3 also on Switch, that leaves only Xenoblade Chronicles X missing. While Xenoblade Chronicles X is disconnected from other Xeno and Xenoblade Chronicles titles, it was well-received when it was released for the Nintendo Wii U in 2015. Xenoblade Chronicles X is also among the few exclusive Wii U titles yet to make the jump to Switch.
1 Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines Remaster Can Reintroduce Players To A Cult Classic
Few games warrant the “cult classic” label like Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. Bloodlines is based on White Wolf Publishing’s tabletop series Vampire: The Masquerade, and is part of the greater “World of Darkness” universe. Bloodlines boasts exceptional writing as well as a choice and character-building system that provides immense replay value.
A sequel in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has long been revealed. Sadly, Bloodlines 2 has undergone a tumultuous development with no clear release date in sight. A remaster of Bloodlines can provide the perfect introduction to the VTM series for aspiring “Kindred” as well as satisfy fans eagerly awaiting Bloodlines 2.
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