The franchise always had a target on its back as it is the standard carrier of open world games. Many have tried to knock it off the shelf with varying degrees of success.
While GTA has always been the crème de la crème, many studios are choosing to create games with their own identities instead of trying to do what Rockstar Games do.
Because of this, the following 5 franchises have potentially good chances of keeping up with the GTA series in the future.
5 game franchises that could compete with GTA in the future
1) The scoundrel
The Watch Dogs franchise has seen a resurgence at its finest, making a comeback that has rarely been seen while gaming. After a somewhat rocky start to the franchise in the form of the original Watch Dogs, Ubisoft returned to the drawing board and tinkered with the tone of the game and its approach to gameplay.
The resulting sequel was perhaps one of the best open world games in a long time and certainly one of the highest quality offerings from Ubisoft.
Watch Dogs: Legion is now one of the most anticipated titles of 2020, and things are looking good.
The Watch Dogs franchise is nowhere near the financial or cultural level of GTA, but it is cause for concern for Rockstar Games. The key area for Ubisoft to focus on has to be writing as they already have the gameplay side of things under control.
The franchise has a lot of growth potential and Ubisoft will try to keep up with GTA in the future.
Rockstar Games recently had a rough patch when co-founder Dan Houser and key creative Lazlow Jones left.
One of the biggest losses for the company, however, was the exit of the president and main producer of Rockstar North on virtually every GTA game, as well as Red Dead, Leslie Benzies.
Benzies was an extremely integral part of what made the GTA franchise such a successful game series. Since leaving, he has sued Rockstar Games and its parent company Take-Two Interactive for $ 160 million.
Leslie has found another studio called Build A Rocket Boy Games and is reportedly working on an open world action / adventure title similar to that of GTA. The game recently received massive funding as well, which is a sign of good things to come.
The game is being worked under the title “Everywhere”, and Leslie will certainly keep his eyes on the project to compete with the GTA franchise. There is little information about the next game, but the competition is always good for the players and the companies involved.
3) sleeping dogs
As of now, the Sleeping Dogs franchise is on hold and the only new thing that came out as part of the series was a re-release on current generation consoles as “Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition”. The game is perhaps one of the most popular titles of 2020 and one that unfortunately didn’t have a huge hit when it was released.
The game has already been touted as the spiritual successor to games like Shenmue and a potential rival to GTA. However, the game had its own identity outside of the specifics of the open world genre, and inevitably the GTA. The game did not do well financially at release and received mixed reviews from critics. As a result, all plans for a sequel to Square Enix and United Front Games have reportedly been dropped.
The game, which began as a sequel to True Crime, had developed its own cult following and is still a popular title in the gaming community.
If Square Enix decides to revive the franchise, then Rockstar will have some serious competition, as Sleeping Dogs has built a pretty avid fan base over the years.
4) Saints Row
The Saints Row franchise is on hold even after the overwhelming response to its spin-off title Agents of Mayhem. The game series was initially bombarded with unfair criticism of “GTA clones” and incorrectly dismissed as a derivative title.
However, the franchise would develop a completely unique identity and is considered to be one of the most creative and bizarre open world games out there. The franchise ditched all pretenses of reality and opted for wall-to-wall ridicule and warehouse.
As a result, the games have become extremely entertaining titles that are perfect for an online experience, much like GTA Online. A Saints Row game designed to compete with GTA Online would be exactly the type of competition that fans could benefit from.
Some would even argue that GTA Online is now taking notes on Saints Row and its ridiculous science fiction elements that inspire many of GTA Online’s vehicles and game modes.
Mafia III may not have been the title 2K and Hangar 13 were hoping for as it was the most ambitious of the games in the franchise. The third part of the trilogy opted for a completely open world, leaving behind the fairly linear structure of the previous games.
It was a brave step out of the studio, but also one that didn’t hit the mark as it should have been. However, the game’s errors are caused by a repetitive mission structure and gameplay loop that can still be fixed.
The game is still backed by great writing and creative flair, making the Mafia franchise home to some of the most cinematic games in history.
At this point, Hangar 13 is well aware of what makes the Mafia franchise great: a contemporary setting, clever writing, and massive cinematic storytelling. The franchise is simply a gold mine for 2K and can compete with GTA.
Published October 18, 2020, 12:10 PM
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