For as long as there have been gamers, there has also been an unquenchable thirst for sequels to some of the best video games of all time. Sequels don’t always happen, though, what with studios moving on, losing key developers, or just needing to chase other trends. So we asked the IGN community what totally nonexistent (that we know of) sequel they want the most, and 30,046 of you answered.
Here are the results:
It seems like the clamoring for a third Bad Company game began almost immediately after the second one. Anywhere you find people complaining about the latest Battlefield game, you’ll find a handful of folks wishing for the return of this squad of lovable idiots. The original two games succeeded not just on the merits of EA DICE’s gameplay, but also the cornball writing and action movie heroism on display, something that’s been lost in more recent (and far more grim) Battlefield narratives.
Ironically, even though Fable 4 is the most likely of any of these wished-for games to happen, it’s not very high on the list. Whatever the game ends up looking like, it will probably be at least a little different than we’re used to, considering it’s supposedly being made by Playground Games and not Lionhead Studios. The original Fable creators have some, uh, mixed feelings about a sequel as well, according to Eurogamer, so that doesn’t help. In any case, rumors abound about Fable 4, like that it features time travel and multiple planets. Whatever the case, just please give it to us, Microsoft. Pretty please?
Just barely edging out Fable 4 is the (hopeful) return of Sam Fisher, the green goggle-eyed stealth agent himself. What makes this one particularly infuriating is that we came so dang close to a possible reveal at this year’s E3, after a Ubisoft developer tweeted that he was “working on the next Splinter Cell” in Lyon, France back in May. Ubisoft later said that he was “joking,” and all we saw of Fisher at E3 was his guest appearance in a cartoonish mobile tactics game from Ubi. So…yeah. Still plenty of hope for this one, though.
We understand that Rockstar is busy becoming the world’s 6th largest economy solely off of GTA Online, but come on, the original Bully was a classic moment in many a gamer’s open-world upbringing. Let’s not pretend that today’s more socially aware and politically tense environment wouldn’t make the perfect backdrop for a new entry.
I remember when I started out working in games media, there was always this one story going around, titled something like “RUMOR: Grand Theft Auto 6 Supposedly Set Across Entire United States.” Of course, that story was the trashiest of clickbait, but I suppose because it kept popping up, that did illustrate how intense the desire for a new core Grand Theft Auto is at all times. GTA 4 and 5 came out roughly five years apart, so by the old standards we are due a new entry. That said, Rockstar has clearly bit into the games-as-a-service bug with GTA Online, and it’s hard to see them segmenting their audience with a sequel like that without a hassle.
Our winner by a galactic mile, the KOTOR series is at the top of the list for many a reason. We gave KOTOR a 9.5 and KOTOR 2 a 9.3 out of 10, and Bioware and Obsidian’s strong storytelling is one of the core reasons for that. Ask someone what their favorite quest from KOTOR is and you’ll always get a different answer, whether it’s destroying a Sith academy, the Tatooine investigation with Bolook, or the creepy Peragus II. That we get all these cool stories with the Old Republic Star Wars backdrop and characters makes it stand alongside Halo or Fable or any other Xbox and PC classic. A lot has changed since those days, and now EA owns the Star Wars license and Bioware struggled to get Mass Effect: Andromeda and Anthem out the door. Maybe our best bet is that Obsidian gets another shot at the series, since they’ve clearly still got the necessary RPG chops, judging from Pillars of Eternity and The Outer Worlds.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN, and he’s the only one you need.