EA may be planning on scraping the remains of its classic bike racer series Road Rash off the tarmac for a current-gen revival. Also primed for the remake treatment is helicopter action game Desert Strike.
Speaking to gaming industry publication CVG at the Gamescom expo in Germany, EA’s Frank Gibeau hinted that some old EA franchises may be due for a re-launch, saying “we do have a couple of old franchises that we’re looking at right now… reimagining them and bringing them back.”
The original Road Rash – beautiful, isn’t it?
Classic bike racer/brawler Road Rash and Desert Strike were given a particular mention. Gibeau said that they pose a special challenge – “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.” This, of course, hints that these are the exact kind of challenges being faced by EA’s team right now.
We can understand what he means. Fire up the 1992 Road Rash on your dusty old Mega Drive or an emulator and you’ll find it not only desperately primitive visually, but all-too simplistic to boot. Button mashing won’t cut it for today’s gamers. That said, it’s a series that we’re sure will spark off great gaming memories for many of you. Us too.
Perhaps the height of the series – the 3DO edition from 1994
EA’s current line-up for the rest of 2011 and 2012 is dominated by sequels – Need for Speed The Run, Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3 being top titles – and while a new Road Rash game isn’t exactly new IP, we’d welcome the return of a series we’ve not seen for a while. A current-gen Road Rash title was referenced by an EA representative back in late 2009, but in the almost two years since, those whisperings have gone quiet.
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