Does PS4 need the faces and mascots of PlayStation's past?

  • Posted November 12th, 2013 at 06:31 EDT by Alex Machado

Where Does an Old Face Fit in a New World?

The answer may be simple: fan service. Without a dedicated fanbase, a video game console is home to nothing. Gamers do have the power to determine the fate of a franchise. If their voices are heard and their wallets stay fat, then without delay a franchise could see the blade of a guillotine or the seat to a throne. However it must be said that Sony has put itself in a remarkable position, especially in regards to carrying over the torch between generations. Despite their successes with franchises like PaRappa the Rapper or Jak and Daxter, they’d still managed to split up the fanbase by merchandising the goods exclusively to separate generations.

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A lot of this has to do with developers wanting to cater to their audiences by feeding them fresh content, and that’s never a bad thing. In the end, the cause of this divide is not a drastic one, and the diminishing number of PlayStation enthusiasts is ultimately attributed to the rise of strong competition. But the attachment that a dedicated fanbase may have had with a beloved franchise was never preserved, at least not in a traditional sense. It may be that to preserve the PlayStation legacy is to provoke change. We already see this happening within established franchises.

inFAMOUS is a good example of a franchise that’s been subject to change. The series protagonist has seen cosmetic adjustments between every iteration, with fans having vocalized their distaste over Cole’s design change in inFAMOUS 2. Of course, Sucker Punch humbly listened and reversed the “misdirection.” Despite all this, Delsin Rowe is already the new face of the franchise in inFAMOUS: Second Son. At least the series isn’t being abandoned, which is why so many PlayStation franchises became cult hits at best. Games like MediEvil and Syphon Filter could have so much more than their existing cult followings, and all it takes is a bit of rejuvenation. That, of course, is very reliant on timing.

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