With Xbox now in control, Activision’s dead IPs deserve a revival, starting with a prototype

October 17, 2023 by No Comments

The main points of the story

  • The controversial Activision credit by Microsoft is finally complete. Now the focus shifts towards the games to watch.
  • Over the years, Activision has abandoned multiple fantasy gems due to minor inconveniences. These include Heretic/Hexen (the disputed IP rights in this case), Prototype, Obfuscation and True Crime.
  • Now that Xbox owns Activision and is even interested in them, it’s time for the underrated titles to make a comeback to bolster the Xbox library.

Activision Blizzard purchase dispute – a A deal worth $69 billion He is nothing to scoff at. Until recently I wondered if this problematic matter would ever end. Starting in January 2022, it has been nothing less than a wild ride full of twists and turns. However, it looks like Microsoft has won as Activision Blizzard’s credit by Microsoft is now official.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at what this could mean for us gamers. The first thing I will say here is this The Xbox badly needs consistent heavy hitters. It has good games, but they are a less than ideal amount. And now that it has finally won such a difficult controversy, the pressure is higher than ever on Xbox to produce the best and come up with strong projects. So the question is, which title from Activision’s list of IPs would make a good contender?

The path to Kuffar/Mashash is now clear

I’ll start this list with one of my favorite classics, the Heretic/Hexen series. You know the original stand, yes? Take that and sprinkle some nice magic and impressive inventory mechanics on top and you’ve got this brilliant franchise. It is among the best Doom-like games And the original Heretic also brought the revolutionary “able to look up and down” feature to this genre. When I first tried it, I was pleasantly surprised by how similar it is to Doom but also manages to remain distinct.

So, you may ask, if it’s so great, why isn’t it back yet? id Software revived Doom in the best way, but what about Heretic or Hexen? The series suffers from some unfortunate circumstances due to the IP rights. The developer of the series is Raven Software, a subsidiary of Activision. While the publisher is id Software, the developer of Doom. Now that the two are divided, so are the rights. Activision owns the development rights while id Software or ZeniMax owns the publishing rights.

A 2016 interview with Tim Willitt highlighting apostasy’s intellectual property rights (Image credit: origin)

Because of this, nothing solid could be done for this IP so far. However, it looks like we are finally in luck. If you are not aware, let me give you the good news; Following Activision’s acquisition, both the developer and publisher are now owned by Xbox. All the hurdles that might have stopped a heretic or modern hex game are now gone. Since Xbox wants a solid game and fans are demanding a new ransom, why not make it a reality?

Microsoft really needs to revive the old Raven IPs, namely Heretic/Hexen and Seldier of Fortune.
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Take a look at the modern reboot of Doom and tell me, isn’t it awesome? Doom Eternal is one of the funnest FPS I’ve had to play, with the cheapest and most satisfying mechanics, portability and straight up carnage with the modern visuals. Imagine all this with impressive magic abilities that can make the battle variety better and I think it could be a dream project and a big hit for Xbox. Hexen or Heretic (why not both? double the fun) should make a comeback.

Why Activision? Why bury a prototype?

Before I begin, let me express a little of my frustration. Why did you do this Activision? Prototype was an excellent concept with a pretty good execution, and to this day it has quite a fan base. I’ll admit that Prototype 2 wasn’t as high as the original, but it was still a great game. its Relatively weak reception was no reason to simply pull the plug and Even kill the developer studio, Radical Entertainment.

Look at the original prototype. Question here, don’t you love the possibility of an over-the-top hero who practically turns the game into his own playground with super creative superpowers? I’m sure it is and this is a prototype in depth. Take on Alex Mercer, an amnesiac shapeshifter on his quest to uncover the truth while making enemies of almost everyone.

The prototype remains the best playground of the apocalyptic superpowers.
The prototype remains the best playground of the apocalyptic superpowers.

The concept of a superpower prototype with no holds barred galore was such a brilliant idea. The entire map is there just for you to flex your abilities And have fun in the process. Couple this with interesting mechanics and you will never be bored in this creative world. The story mostly revolves around slowly uncovering your lost memories and striving to stop a deadly virus while everyone sees you as more threatening than this deadly enemy.

Next came Prototype 2 and let me say this first, I did not like the story of this game at all. It destroyed the build of the first game and made Alex an actual threat instead. But on the story side, the game manages to improve its huge predecessor in terms of mechanics and improves the destruction simulator. It was quite popular in terms of sales as well, yet Activision felt it lacked luster. I hope the new management will see the potential of the prototype and gives the series a much-deserved revival.

The gaming community needs a prototype 3.
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Blur — Another victim of Activision Studio-Killing

ok seriously What is it with Activision and destroying studios when things go just a little south? This is the second time and by my count, that’s a lot. All the more so when it led to the destruction of underrated gems like Blur. The game was A completely unique concept against an unfortunately competitive release window With titles like Split/Second and ModNation Racers.

If you’re not familiar with Blur, imagine Mario Kart but with real cars and a more realistic design, but the super powers remain. Blur was a pretty impressive arcade racer and takes me back to my nostalgic Xbox 360 era. Blur was among the few games I got alongside the console and I spent hours upon hours playing this brilliant racing/fighting simulator with my friends. The unique game modes like the arena mode where the game tells you to forget about racing and have intense battles instead was a great adrenaline rush.

The most underrated game ever…
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However, the game’s potential has been overlooked, and quite unfairly on top of that. It’s true that Blur’s sales were relatively weaker, but the reason Activision rejected developer Bizarre Creations was its next product, James Bond 007: Blood Stone. The 007 game Poor sales became the catalyst that led to the closure of the developer by ActivisionAnd next to blurring was also assumed.

If you think this is heartbreaking, I have bad news for you. A sequel to Blur was in development, and prototype videos of it were released. From what we have seen, The sequel looks like a massive improvement over the original, with better game modes, locations, and one particular track in Dubai that features construction sections where you drive up the sides of buildings in an epic sequence. Unfortunately, the sequel was canceled as well, and we got a terrible mobile game instead.

I would pay top dollar for a new true crime game

Here’s another highly underrated gem, you guessed it, Activision also abandoned it. I really question some of the company’s decisions. Makes you wonder if he even cares about anything that isn’t Call of Duty. These decisions have led to many games suffering and True Crime has been a pretty strong victim ever since A case of proper abandonment as Activision never renewed the trademark.

So what exactly is True Crime? I know almost everyone knows and loves GTA, and I’ll use it as an example. Take GTA and become the law enforcers instead of the outlaws, and you get True Crime. It was quite an interesting concept as the GTA games of the time especially Vice City were a hot topic and this game provided a different approach to the formula. And it’s the same now with all the GTA 6 speculation, True Crime will be pretty well received.

With Activision taking over, will Microsoft port all old Activision games to the next generation? I would pay a lot of money for True Crime: Streets of La
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The first game, True Crime: Streets of LA featured LAPD detective Nicholas Kang investigating a bomb case that may be hiding a lot more than meets the eye. The game was a close mechanical match of GTA but made you a cop instead of a criminal. You’re still free to do all the GTA-style action, but there’s a morale meter to keep you safe. The other game was True Crime: New York City which I honestly found to be quite inferior due to its excessive repetition and the very obvious development rush.

And this is where the trouble started, as the game performed quite poorly in terms of sales. A sequel titled True Crime: Hong Kong was in development but the idea was effectively scrapped. However, Square Enix stepped in to save the day and acquired the rights to True Crime: Hong Kong. It has become the extraordinary sleeping dog that is among some of my favorites. It’s worth noting that Square Enix only got True Crime: Hong Kong and not the IP itself, which is still with Activision.

Man, I'm glad True Crime: Hong Kong has become old dogs.
Man, I’m glad True Crime: Hong Kong has become old dogs.


In conclusion, if you think Activision only has Call of Duty or Crash, you might want to reconsider. My goal in making this list was to highlight how The company abandoned a number of shiny IP addresses due to very minor inconvenience. Now that Activision’s purchase of Xbox is complete and She even showed an interest in the company’s IP addressesNow is the perfect time to bring back these franchises and pick up some strong contenders.

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