Reboot(s) of an Franchise

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  1. stephaniie
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    What does reboot of a video game franchise mean to Game Developers

    Is it a way to rekindle the interest of the Gamers?
    Does it allows new and fresh ideas to an established video game character?

    With Reboots, can you forget about the past and create whatever you desire? Or are reboots bounds to certain rules and mechanism used in past titles?

    Reboots seems to be a directive for video games to *jump* into next-gen . Enabling more freedom and suprises as its story isn't pre-told but has new features and ideas.Reboots are often prequels where the protagonist starts over .. or is it? i.e. Castlevania: LoS sets in the past years before Dracula came to his Castle to become its Ruler and anyone heard of Simon Belmont . The next game in the rebooted franschise, Castlevania : LoS II, begins its plot in the modern times. Is this done purposely to not touch into the medival years when Simon and the other Vampire killers (From Castlevania to Harmony of Despair) had active roles in the franchise. .. So game Devs don't dare to touch these timelines at all? its a common pattern from others reboots as well. For example Tomb Raider, Thief, Deus Ex, Devil May Cry, XCOM, Kid Icarus, Mortal Kombat, Metroid: Other M, and many others. None of this games - touch - the timelines where the original games takes place. They tell another story entirely or sets in a another timeline... Is that really reboot?
     
  2. Cyan

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    it's usually a different story line/ time line.
    it's like if the author (or a different author) would like to tell another story with the same characters, but without affecting the existing story.

    The example with Castlevania Lords of Shadow, it's not part of the "main timeline", it's another story with different events and existing characters in the other timeline could appear but in different way doing different actions.
    Lords of Shadow is a series by itself.


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  3. Gahars

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    Usually reboots "reboot" the entire canon. There's some exceptions here and there, but that's the general rule.

    It's nice when reboots are done out of a genuine love for the franchise, but more often than not, it's just an excuse to coast off an already established brand name (most recent example being the "new" Thief).