Sunday, 21 June 2015

The Real Victims of Game Publishing

Konami, or as I like to call it, the Yu-Gi-Oh! company, because that's all they're good for nowadays. It's been well documented that the recent years of Konami, as a video game publisher, sucked. As such, I'd like to talk about the real victims of publisher stupidity: The IPs.

I was very intrigued by Darkstalkers Resurrection, because I finally learned about the game where Morrigan and Felica came from. It's like Fire Emblem & Super Smash Bros. Melee all over again: the character's popularity in Capcom's VS series led to their parent series getting more exposure. With that came a new release, or rather, a re-release that might lead to the revival. ...Except Capcom deemed the release a failure, not because of the positive critical reception, but because it didn't make enough money.

You see, as long as the publisher isn't making any money, don't expect any long-dormant series to get the time of day, except for when to sell toys and t-shirts. Right now, I got Crash on the brain. I wanna play a new game, but there hasn't been one since Mind over Mutant tanked. Activision should have already made a new game, but they didn't. They were too busy with Call of Duty (and Skylanders) to give a crap about any of it's other franchises. Why? Because COD makes money and these other games can piss right off.

Screw this hippie-bullshit, let's just get to the point. If a fan-favorite series isn't making millions of dollars for the publisher, it isn't worth shit to them. That's why we won't get a new Crash Bandicoot game, its why we won't get a new Bloody Roar, and its why we won't get a classic-styled Castlevania game anymore. Nowadays, the only hope for fans of these series lie in the independent development scene and crowd-sourcing.

Mighty No. 9 is already getting hype and is going to make lots of money for Comcept; money that would have been Capcom's if they didn't screw Mega Man Legends 3. Congrats Konami, you've finally made a GOOD 3D Castlevania game at the cost of, depending on who you ask, removing everything that made the series distinct. Too bad Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is going to steal your thunder. And Rare, I would talk about Yooka-Laylee but it won't change that fact that you've REALLY let yourself go.

When it comes to the future of video games, a future where developers can make the games they want and gamers can get the games they want, it's go indie or go home. ...Seriously Konami, go home. You're sick., REALLY, REALLY, sick.

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