In many way, it’s a great time to be a gamer: the market is flooded with games and consumers have more choice than ever in deciding what to play. Still, we’d be remiss if we didn’t admit that there are still some significant holes in the gaming space left by franchises that, for whatever reason, seemed to have dropped off the face of the Earth. Many great game franchises are making a return in 2016, such as Mirror’s Edge, Uncharted, and Gears of War, but there are a number of franchises that we wish could be on the release calendar alongside them. The following franchises are all in a state of limbo as to when (if) we can expect to see a new entry, which means it’s a perfect time for them to make a comeback!
10, Left 4 Dead
For a brief period last generation, the Left 4 Dead series was all the rage. Valve released two back-to-back entries in the zombie survival co-operative shooter from 2008-09, and then things went dark, as pretty much anything Valve touches is wont to do. It’s a peculiar situation, as both Left 4 Dead games sold very well and the zombie genre continues to be popular even in 2016, as evidenced by the continued success of properties such as The Walking Dead.
Left 4 Dead delivered such a satisfying multiplayer experience and the series remains one of the best in its class, so it seems a shame for Valve to let the series remain on hiatus for so long. Recently, some savvy players found demos of both Half-Life 3 and Left 4 Dead 3 in the code of a VR performance test program, but given that the company likes to troll its fanbase with details such as these only to make no formal announcements, it’s likely that Left 4 Dead 3 will remain vaporware for the foreseeable future.