GAMESCOM: Publisher EA has reignited rumours of resurrections for the Road Rash and Desert Strike franchises.
Some observers had predicted a reveal for the latter at EA’s Gamescom showcase on Tuesday, though such an announcement failed to materialise.
"We do have a couple of old franchises that we’re looking at right now, reimagining them and bringing them back," EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau told CVG.
"We’ve got 25 years of good IPs and I’ve worked on a few of them in my career like Road Rash and the Strike series. So I have a strong affinity for a lot of the things we’ve done in the past.
"We kind of have a rule which is you’ve got to have a really good reason to bring something back. What can you do to it that makes it fresh and brings something new to the equation of the franchise?"
When we look at Road Rash, the Strike series or some of these other franchises we really challenge ourselves. We can’t just put them on new tech with the same gameplay from ten years ago, we’ve got to have something new. That’s the typical challenge that we have."
Another of EA’s old IPs, futuristic strategy title Syndicate, is also believed to be in production.