These days it seems like anything is possible in the gaming world, thanks to the growth of crowdfunding and social media. Series that were once relegated to memory are suddenly coming back. Did you ever think we’d have a chance at Shenmue 3? How about Square Enix reviving the Nier and SaGa franchises? This got us thinking about our favorite RPGs of yesteryear. While plenty of great series have vanished, we think many have potential to thrive again. Without further ado, here are the 10 RPG franchises we’d love to see return.

Note: This list is presented in alphabetical order

Chrono Trigger/Cross

The Chrono games remain cherished classics that still hold up well, and we’d love to see what the series could bring to a new generation. Trigger and Cross don’t have many direct links to each other, aside from both delving into alternate timelines. If a new Chrono game became a reality, it’d be smart to stick with this approach and continue in the tradition of the vibrant art style and fantastic music (More Yasunori Mitsuda, please!). The chance to recruit a slew of characters and travel to different eras again is just so tantalizing. This is one series that never wore out its welcome, but at the same time left us feeling like it still had so much more to give to the genre.  

Dark Cloud

This is another series that ended way too soon. Level-5 had topped itself with the fantastic Dark Cloud 2, but never moved forward with another entry. Instead, the company focused on making other great games, such as Dragon Quest VIII and Rogue Galaxy, but Dark Cloud still remains one of its most talked about franchises, and new fans are discovering it thanks to Sony recently making Dark Cloud 2 available on PSN. Hopefully, a new iteration would keep the bevy of customization, entertaining city building, and fierce hack-and-slash combat.

Earthbound (Mother) 

We can pine for this revival all we want, but its chances of happening are slim to none (all the key creators are either unavailable or have moved on). This is a shame because Earthbound had its own unique flavor and humor, coming off as anything but generic. The zany RPG series didn’t take itself too seriously, parodying plenty of popular culture in its real-world setting. Can you imagine a brand-new game that captures its essence? Earthbound has one of the most dedicated fan bases around, allowing its legacy to live on (just head to fansite Starmen.net for confirmation). That enthusiasm deserves something new to fawn over. Plus, it’s about time the characters and world got more love than Smash Bros. appearances. At the very least, we’re getting some re-releases of entries for now, and we're still holding out hope that the never-released-in-America Mother 3 will get localized someday.

Jade Empire

Jade Empire is a universe brimming with untapped potential. It focused on what BioWare does best: multidimensional characters, great dialogue, and creating a fascinating world. It stood out for its mythical China backdrop and how it was infused into every element of gameplay. Your orphaned main character sets out to save Master Li, your caretaker and teacher. You fight using traditional martial arts, but can also develop different weapon, magic, and fighting styles along the way. In addition, two moral philosophies rule the Jade Empire: The Way of the Open Palm and the Way of the Closed Fist (similar to Mass Effect’s Paragon and Renegade system). Seeing BioWare revive this IP and make it grow would be exciting, especially considering how much the team has learned in recent years with Dragon Age and Mass Effect. Not to mention, numerous people at BioWare have said they wanted to return to Jade Empire at some point.

Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic

We all have Star Wars fever with the recent movie, so why not capitalize on that? Yes, BioWare devoted a whole MMO to Star Wars, but we want something more in line with the earlier Knights of the Old Republic games. This is the perfect timing to capture a new audience that didn’t play the first games and finally give fans of those games something new to dive into that’s not as exhaustive as an MMO. Choosing to align with the light or dark side is always fun, and being a part of new stories in the universe and meeting new intriguing personalities (like HK-47 or Jolee Bindo) makes the experience all the better. Lightsaber fights never grow old, and BioWare has proven time and time again it has a flair for science fiction. 

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