New systems and new year resolutions aside, we are in another year of over-saturation. Not only for movies, but for games as well. Reboots, soft reboots, sequels, prequels, sequels to prequels, and prequels to sequels or as how Borderlands coined it: PreSequel. Let’s do a head-to-head on which industry will have the most, non-original IPs this year!
First, we are only counting releases based on a franchise or links to a previous title within the same industry. Tie-ins and licensed crossovers do not count unless there was a product that previously existed. An example would be if there was a Cars 3 video game to go along with the Cars 3 movie, but the franchise of Cars never had a video game up until that point.
We know Cars had games released in the past, so that was just an example of what will not count since, on the video game side, the Cars 3 video game would not be a sequel since it is the first entry of a video game based on the Cars franchise.
The same would be applied to games based on a movie franchise that isn’t considered canon to the story line. In this case, the old Ghostbusters game released by Atari would have counted since it was considered canon to the franchise.
Also, note that ports or titles released to new systems they were previously unavailable for – physically or digitally – do not count. This goes the same for movies that are re-released for download, streaming, or Blu-Ray and do not receive a theatrical release.
Fathom events, film festival showings will not count. Annually established sports games (such as Madden NFL) and mobile games also do not count. Lastly, live adaptations are out because of uncertainty. Major releases only, so get ready everyone.
Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star, Gravity Rush 2, Resident Evil 7, Tales of Berseria, Rocketbirds 2, Double Dragon 4, Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers, Yakuza 0, Atelier Sophie, Sniper Elite 4, Halo Wars 2, Lego Worlds, Ys Origin, Nier: Automata, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Outlast 2, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, The Fall part 2: Unbound, Syberia 3, Friday the 13th: The Game, Shadow Warrior 2, Tekken 7, Hand of Fate 2, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3, Persona 5, Dragon Quest Heroes 2, Toukiden 2, Injustice 2, Rock of Ages 2, Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Ace Combat 7, Crackdown 3, Rising Storm 2: Vietnam, Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game, Frozen Synapse 2, Knack 2, Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord, Project Cars 2, The Last of Us Part 2, Metal Gear Solid Survive, Dragon Quest XI, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wind, God of War (2017), Red Dead Redemption 2, Dawn of War 3.
Total Count: 46
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Alien: Covenant, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Blade Runner 2049, Star Wars: Episode VIII, Justice League, The Fate of the Furious, Transformers: The Last Knight, Power Rangers, Fifty Shades Darker, XXX: Return of Xander Cage, It, Logan, Thor: Ragnarok, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Jumanji, Trainspotting 2, Rings, John Wick: Chapter 2, The Mummy, Kong: Skull Island, Cars 3, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Pitch Perfect 3, Friday the 13th, War for the Planet of the Apes, Death Race 2050, Despicable Me 3, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, Halloween: The Night Evil Died, World War Z 2, Amityville: The Awakening, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Underworld: Blood Wars, The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, Insidious: Chapter 4.
Total Count: 36
Congratulations movie industry! You’re less saturated with sequels, prequels, reboots, and soft reboots than the video game industry (this year). But that’s like saying eating a donut isn’t so bad because only 30% of the total fat is saturated. So, we all lose.
Thanks for reading! I’m now going to take what precious the time you spent and go grab me a cup of coffee with it. Oh, Justin Timberlake, what can you do wrong? Oh, wait.