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Earlier today, we asked you what you thought the ideal gap between sequels is. The answers were varied, and before we get to our second question of the day, let's look at some of your responses.
Every other year is good for me. - Robertman2 vs. the World
I'd say about two or three years. Enough time to make the best game possible. Once a year is a little too much for me personally. - The Last Saiya-jin
I'd prefer developers take the time to innovate. More of the same, even when a good formula, does a disservice IMO. So if that takes years instead of months, so be it. - Kyle Wadsworth
I think 3 to 5 years is really the sweet spot. It's enough time to build anticipation for fans of the series, but not too long that it just becomes an arbitrary waiting game (I'm looking at you, Half-Life). Of course, exceptions can be made in the case of certain genres such as sports games (which is a category I've started to think shooters like Call of Duty fit more into), but for the more story-heavy franchises, I think everyone benefits from longer development times. - Charlie FoHammer
Enough time for me to get excited about a sequel and build up hype, but not too much time to where I won't care about the series anymore. I think Bungie did it best with Halo. - Toothdecay
They should wait as long as it takes to make a great game. If it is a great game, I don't care if it is an annual release, but they have to ensure it is good. - Chris Mrkvicka
With all of that in mind, there are a number of franchises that have gone annual this generation. Of course sports titles are released yearly, but now we've got Call of Duty, Assassin's Creed, a military shooter from EA, and LEGO games.
Are there any of these that you used to keep up with, but no longer do? If so, which ones and why? Do you have any concerns about re-entering a series after time away, or are you ready to jump in regardless of a lapse in play?
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I have gotten every Assassins Creed game since the first one on day one, but I do not think I will be getting Black Flag day one. That has nothing to do with it not looking fun, if anything, it looks like the most fun because I love Pirate games. The reason is I have too many unfinished games and GTA Online is still my priority right now. Same reason goes for Batman though it is not a yearly title. I stopped COD at Black Ops 2 and don't think I will be getting back into that anytime soon.
I use to buy Madden on a yearly basis. Due to declining quality and more focus on achievments, I haven't bought a copy in the last 3 years.
The only yearly games I've followed are COD and assassins creed.
I'm still playing them but both are on thin ice. I was not a fan of assassins creed 3, mostly the story. If assassins creed 4 disappoints me as well I'll be dropping it.
COD, well I was never one of those people who bought all the maps and played it online all year. I'm usually done with it in a few weeks, a month tops. But BO2 is the first time I didn't even finish the campaign. I HATE those missions where you control the turret, robot, squads. COD though is the go to party game when people are over. So even if I'm no longer a big fan personally. That only holds true though until some other game fills that spot.
I have preordered all of the assassins creed games, that is except black flag. I was pretty disappointed with AC3 in that I found that most of the time i did not enjoy playing it. I'll wait for maybe after the holidays and get it on next gen...maybe
I've never played an AC game.
I've played 3 CoD's and dropped them within a month
Battlefield 3 was fun for a long time but its been a long time since I played it.
I given up on just about everyone of them. AC was the last one I still bought on a regular basis and even that no longer piques my interest.
I dropped call of duty.
I wouldn't call it an annual release but I still grab every Halo that comes out. I enjoyed the campaign in 4 but they lost me on the multiplier, which used to be my favorite part. Hopefully they can redeem themselves with Halo 5.
The game series I still play is Assassin's Creed. I don't always get it at launch, sometimes I wait a few months or a year, but I have kept up with them up to Black Flag, and even that one I'll wait on because I want to play the PS4 version and I don't have the money to get that at launch.
I still play Call of Duty every now and then. After the major disappointment that was Assassin's Creed 3, I'll be done with that series for quite some time.
I will always play AC until further notice, and against my better judgment I do still play CoD games- if only to review them. So, I play a few of them...