Top 5: Unfinished Video Game Trilogies (Part 2)

Good things come in threes or so they say. Well, I’m very sorry to disappoint you, but this article focuses on franchises that were either planned as trilogies right from the get go or franchises that should have been trilogies but weren’t. It’s worth noting that while the first part of this feature (Top 5: Unfinished Video Game Trilogies (Part 1)) focused on trilogies that may never see the light of day, some of the games featured in this article are likely to happen eventually. Without further ado, here’s the second part:

 

5) Chrono Trigger

I know that this might be a little confusing for some, but just in case, let’s review the games that are part of this series: first we have Chrono Trigger and then its direct sequel Chrono Cross. Although I don’t believe this series was supposed to be a trilogy right from the start, rumors about a third iteration have been circling around since 2001 (maybe even earlier than that.) For a while it seemed like a sequel was definitely going to happen, especially when the name Chrono Break was trademarked in the United States. Unfortunately, the name was dropped in 2003 and we haven’t heard an official announcement since then. Please make it happen Square Enix…

Chrono Trigger screenshot

Unreleased games: Chrono Break

 

4) Shenmue

There’s no doubt in my mind that the video game industry would be very different if it wasn’t for Sega’s overly ambitious open world title. But while some remember the Shenmue series for its incredible amount of interactivity and freedom, some others remember it for being the most expensive series of its time. Still, calling the Shenmue games influential would be a huge understatement, the games were clearly ahead of its time, featuring highly innovative elements such as day/night/sleep cycles, fully voiced NPCs, real-time weather effects, QTEs and much more. Due to poor marketing, the games didn’t sell as well as expected and unfortunately, the third title in the series was announced and cancelled at least two times.

Shenmue screenshot

Unreleased games: Shenmue III

 

3) Half-Life

Come on! We all know it’s going to happen, what we don’t know is when. When Valve first announced that Half-Life 2 was going to receive new iterations in the form of episodes that were going to come out every six to eight months we all believed it. Well, we were all suckers! In the end, the third episode never came out and the company has refused to comment on the status of the series. Some people believe that the third episode is eventually going to come out, some others think that Episode 3 mutated into Half-Life 3. In the meantime, Gabe Newell rolls around in a pile of money with a grin on his face…

Half-Life 2 screenshot

Unreleased games: Half-Life 2: Episode 3/Half-Life 3

 

2) Beyond Good & Evil

Beyond Good & Evil was planned as a trilogy, but even when the first iteration was critically acclaimed, the second and third parts haven’t been released yet. Even when the first title was received with poor sales, Ubisoft Montpellier has announced that they are working on a direct sequel titled Beyond Good & Evil 2. Since the game is coming out on the next generation of consoles (maybe Wii U,) the chances of this trilogy being completed are quite good. And I couldn’t be happier with it.

beyond good and evil screenshot

Unreleased games: Beyond Good & Evil 2, Beyond Good & Evil 3

 

1) Bushido Blade

This is the second Square Enix game included in this post and I’m beginning to think that the company doesn’t like money. But first things first, Bushido Blade is an innovative 3D fighting game in which two armed assassins faced each other. Unlike most fighting titles, Bushido Blade doesn’t make use of health gauges, time limits or power ups and in most cases, a precise hit will cause instant death. Although this may sound boring, the wide array of weapons, the refreshingly unique Body Damage System (in which a hit could physically disable the opponent,) the realistic depiction of the combats, variety of fighting styles and great use of 3D environments (characters could jump, run and even climb) made Bushido Blade a game unlike any other. Sadly, due to disagreements between developer Light Weight and publisher Square, Bushido Blade 2 was the last game in the series. A series that feels groundbreaking to this very day.

Bushido Blade screenshot

Unreleased games: Bushido Blade III

 

Honorable mention:

These are some of the titles that for various reasons didn’t make it to the final cut: Kingdom Hearts III, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic III, Boktai III, Dark Cloud III.