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It seems that some game companies are set on continuing the ever-increasing trend of crossover games. When it comes down to it, it’s good fan service. For a while, it was a novel idea. Yet, now I feel like I’m a little tired of crossovers. At least I’m a little tired of crossovers that are fighters. I think it’s time that publishers mix it up a bit more – If they want to make a crossover game, make it something fresh and amazing.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy crossovers that are fighters. I own every Marvel vs Capcom game. I still go a few rounds in Super Smash Bros. Brawl every now and then. And I am certainly up-to-date with the latest DLC for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. There’s obviously a demographic that enjoys all of that stuff and that’s great. However, I can’t help but wonder if the appeal of a crossover could expand beyond those borders to gamers who enjoy other genres.
Some companies have taken steps to make crossovers in other genres. For example, Capcom – the leader in fighter crossovers – released a hybrid of sorts in Japan with Level 5 when they made Professor Layon vs. Ace Attorney. This game happens to be an Adventure Puzzle game. Another example comes from Nintendo and SEGA who have partnered for Mario & Sonic Olympic sports games. And who can forget the partnership between Square Enix and Disney for Kingdom Hearts? Other companies have done crossovers on a smaller scale. Companies like Square Enix, Sony, SEGA, and Ubisoft have incorporated crossover DLC and unlockables between their games, so that you can get in-game items that are based on other franchises. These are a little more common. Still, something inside me wants more.
Capcom had the right idea with Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney. This is a full-blown original game that completely incorporates two different franchises and makes something brand new. Imagine an action adventure game like Uncharted and Tomb Raider, joining forces. Lara Croft and Nathan Drake meet up for the first time on a brand new daring adventure, taking the best from both worlds. Or imagine a Nintendo or PlayStation MMO where you can join up with various characters in an open world and take on various missions. The possibilities for crossovers are only limited by our imagination (and of course the companies involved).
On that note, there are crossover games like PlayStation Move Heroes, which we would like to forget. So I would like to have a game that is not only a crossover, but a good game as well.
No doubt crossovers on these scales, especially when it deals with different publishers, can be a monumental task. Still, it’s not impossible, we have seen it done before, a few are currently in development, and I would like to see it happen more in the future. Original crossover games with some of our favorite characters and franchises could mean big success for the publishers and big fun for gamers.
A few years back, I made a list of crossover games that I would like to see. What are some crossover games that you would like? Whether they’re fighting games or something else, discuss in the comments below!