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New Gaming IPs?
Just chatting on this the other day. Recent games I've liked:

Starcraft 2
Deus Ex HR
Dead Space 3
Metro Last Light
Tomb Raider reboot
XCom Enemy Unknown
Bioshock Infinite
Thief 4
Styx (Of Orcs And Men prequel?)

And some new / forthcoming games that might be of interest...

Far Cry 4
Witcher 3
Dragon Age 3

Noticing a trend there? Going back a bit further, a lot of major shooter / action / RPG /strategy games have been sequels / reboots or series - including a lot of really great ones. Some of these have been more of the same but still good, some of them have really advanced over the originals.


Where are the new IPs? Why aren't companies using their obviously skilled designers / story-writers / artists to creat new worlds and new themes? Is it as simple as the publishers wanting a guaranteed sale and herding devs into the safety of a reliable series even if a new IP might be just as high quality gaming-wise? What are the new IPs to look forward to?

(P.S. I liked Rage and think it had a lot of potential, pity it kinda flopped as a new Id IP).
Businessmen like to minimize risk/maximize reward, and new IPs don't do that, so publishers try to milk successful IPs rather than put money into a risky venture. 
Same As The Current State Of Mainstream Movies 
Not sure about that, in the recent 5 years a lot of the sort of films I like have been new IPs or new to FILM.

I did forget Dishonoured in the original post. Which was fucking cool. 
New IPs 
are much more common when you lower your price range from $50+ since AAA is more money to recover and therefore more risk. 
Noticing a trend there?
Yes, you have terrible taste and you like sequels. 
Yeah Terrible Taste. 
All those awful sequels that no-one on here rated, like SC2, Metro LL, Skyrim, XCom EU, etc etc.

That non-burn wouldn't even melt butter if you left it on a radiator. 
There's probably still just as many, ore more, new IP's now compared to 10 years ago. It's just that the gaming industry has grown so much that successful IP's can continue with sequels every year, whereas this wouldn't have happened in the 90s/early-2000s.

There also seems to be a certain amount of sequels that have eff all to do with previous games and, apart from title, might as well have just been a different game.

Personally if I was a big time studio I'd love to create new IP's. That would be half the fun of creating a game, creating the world around it. 
ok maybe the difference is more gaming sequels are actually good. 
I See What You're Saying Shamb 
All those awful sequels that no-one on here rated, like SC2, Metro LL, Skyrim, XCom EU, Quake II 
Okay, list the new IPs in the action / action-related genres around 2010-14, and then around 2000-4.... 
Yep, I'll do that because I have hours of time to spend making lists lol. How about just 2004 (because I seem to remember that being a standout action games year on pc) vs 2011, another awesome year.

Thief Deadly Shadows
Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines
Conan: the Dark Axe
Men of Valor
Dead Man's Hand
Conflict: Vietnam

L.A. Noire
Dead Island
From Dust
Hunted Demons Forge
All Zombies Must Die!
Heavy Fire Afghanistan
Afterfall: Insanity
Payday: The Heist
Nuclear Dawn
Hard Reset
E Y E: Divine Cybermancy
There 'll be some I missed, and some might not be new for all I know (if they have movies, tv, comics, cards etc then it's not considered a new IP). In fact, there was several I missed in 2011, but only shitty games no one would play.

But what is worth mentioning is that 2011 there are probably more existing IP releases than new IP releases. Check all this out:

Battle: Los Angeles
Call of Juarez: The Cartel
Duke Nukem Forever -
Painkiller: Redemption
Operation Flashpoint: Red River -
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North
Call of Duty: Black Ops -
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine -
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad
Fable III -
Red Faction: Armageddon
Trine 2
Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga
Serious Sam 3: BFE
F.E.A.R. 3
Alice: Madness Returns
Section 8: Prejudice -
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Assassin's Creed: Revelations
Dragon Age II -
Torchlight 2
Saints Row: The Third -
Crysis 2
Dead Space 2
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
Battlefield 3
Deus Ex Human Revolution
Batman: Arkham City
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Portal 2 
I Think. 
The difference between 2004 list and 2011 list is most of the 2011 are irrelevant shite.

However, I do see another point here: Over time there are more and more existing IPs that it makes it "harder" to squeeze in new ones and more tempting to do sequels. 
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