news\ Sep 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

EA Looking To Bring Back "A Couple" Classic Franchises


Apparently Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3 isn't enough to keep the execs at EA happy. While speaking to CVG at GamesCom last week, EA Labels president, Frank Gibeau, toyed with the idea of reviving some of its many classics.

"We do have a couple of old franchises that we're looking at right now... reimagining them and bringing them back," he said.

Gibeau continued, "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."

Don't expect EA to just rush out and ruin your favorite classic with a lazy HD remake. Gibeau strongly emphasized bringing something new to the classic. In other words, the remake has to add something fresh to the game. It's not often you hear a big company like EA worry about creating something innovative. Usually they can just slap a label on a boring rehash of an old classic and it'll sell like hotcakes based on the popular title.

"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?"

Gibeau added: "Like basically what we did with Medal of Honor when we brought it back; we looked at going after more modern themes... the war that's happening now as opposed to a historical war. That was the reason we brought Medal of Honor back."

Citing popular classics like Road Rash and the Strike series Gibeau state, "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."

Personally, I love the idea of a Road Rash remake. What classics would you like to see remade in HD?

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