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EA Revival Possibilities

Speaking with Computer and Video Games at Gamescom, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau talked about plans to revive some of EA's older franchises. "We do have a couple of old franchises that we're looking at right now... reimagining them and bringing them back," he told them. "We've got 25 years of good IPs and I've worked on a few of them in my career like Road Rash and the Strike series. So I have a strong affinity for a lot of the things we've done in the past." He also talks of the challenges this presents. "But when we look at Road Rash, the Strike series or some of these other franchises we really challenge ourselves. We can't just put them on new tech with the same gameplay from ten years ago, we've got to have something new. That's the typical challenge that we have." They reference ongoing rumors about a Syndicate remake/revival, but Gibeau does not address these.

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41. Re: EA Revival Possibilities Aug 18, 2011, 20:46 saluk
On the one hand, good gameplay is good gameplay. I mean, it doesn't suddenly suck because it's 20 years later, ya know? Road Rash for instance is basically the same gameplay as wipeout, things haven't exactly changed that much.

On the other hand, as soon as you move from 2.5d engine in the road rash or strike games, to full 3d, a lot of things are changed already. So finding what made the core gameplay so good in the new environment can be a challenge. The 3d road rash game, I think it was for the n64? Well it wasnt very good for a lot of reasons, but EA is right that it's not easy.

Still, I'd love to see a new rash game. Spent hours playing that on the good ol' Amiga! Even had to put up with like 5 minute loading times offa the disk lol.

But I don't expect much, EA is just looking for things to put a price tag on.
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