new generation vs old generation

anonymous asked:

what do you think have been the most successful fresh IPs of this console generation so far? What about the PS3/360/Wii generation?

This is a really interesting question, since “most successful” is a subjective term. Here’s the criteria I used to determine whether an IP qualified or not:

  1. Either has at least one sequel or one announced sequel, or has ongoing paid new content for over a year
  2. Has franchise sales numbers in the high millions -or- is an ongoing service that continues to serve a high user population (500k+ regular monthly users)
  3. Does not depend on existing well-known licensed IP (e.g. the Batman: Arkham series is disqualified due to it being Batman) or other IP the company owns (Hearthstone uses Warcraft, Skylanders uses Spyro). Public domain stuff is ok (e.g. King Arthur)

I avoided mobile and social games in this. Here’s the list I came up with.

Present day: (2013-2017)

  • Titanfall (2014)
  • Destiny (2014)
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s (2014)
  • Watch Dogs (2014)
  • Splatoon (2015)
  • Rocket League (2015)
  • Overwatch (2016)

Honorable Mentions - IPs that met multiple criteria, but not all of them :

  • Sunset Overdrive (2014)
  • Hearthstone (2014)
  • Shadow of Mordor (2014)
  • Ori and the _____ (2015)
  • Bloodborne (2015)
  • Life is Strange (2015)
  • The Last Guardian (2016)
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division (2016)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (2017)

PS3/XBox360/Wii Era (2006-2013)

  • Gears of War (2006)
  • Portal (2007)
  • Bioshock (2007)
  • Assassin’s Creed (2007)
  • Crackdown (2007)
  • Mass Effect (2007)
  • Dead Space (2008)
  • Dragon Age (2009)
  • Demons/Dark Souls (2009)
  • Infamous (2009)
  • Borderlands (2009)
  • Plants vs Zombies (2009)
  • League of Legends (2009)
  • Dance Central (2010)
  • Payday (2011)
  • Dishonored (2012)
  • The Last of Us (2013)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Okami (2006)
  • DiRT (2007)
  • Mirror’s Edge (2008)
  • Bayonetta (2009)
  • Batman: Arkham (2009)
  • Minecraft (2011)
  • LA Noire (2011)
  • Skylanders (2011)
  • Journey (2012)
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013)

This list is by no means exhaustive, of course. You might have noticed that the lion’s share of the new IPs from the last generation came from the first half of the life cycle. What other new IPs can you think of from these time periods that adhere to all of the criteria?


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