The Other Sequels We Need Notch To Fund

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With Tim Schafer and Markus Persson now in talks over the possibility of a Psychonauts 2, it gets us to wondering what other games we’d like to see Notch’s millions spent making happen. Notch reports that he and Tim will likely meet at next month’s GDC, but also stresses that people shouldn’t yet get their hopes up. Too late! But were it not to happen, to which game should those spare riches be directed? We’ve made Notch’s mind up for him.

Greedy, greedy Alec wants another Dungeon Keeper, even though there have already been two. Then suggests Outcast – the loved voxellated adventure peculiarity that seemed to be created in an alternate reality. Oh, and apparently some more Limbo Of The Lost, but I’d suggest that any funding at all would rather spoil the original’s ethos of just nicking everything from elsewhere.

Craig would like to see the Mojang millions create a sequel to Trespasser, but presumably only because he’s aware that even Minecraft’s haul couldn’t realistically fund actually recreating dinosaurs for him to fight. Or how about teaming up with Braben to make Elite III actually happen?

Adam doesn’t quite to have noticed that quite a few games already had sequels, nominating System Shock, Dungeon Master and Midwinter. He’s going to be so excited when he finds out! He also suggests a Grim Fandango 2, which would be a sensible continuation of the current potential partnership, but only after they’ve made Maniac Mansion 3, of course. And wants another Robinson’s Requiem.

Jim is after a new Chaos Engine, echoes Adam’s desire for more Midwinter, and also ignores my bloody rule for it being games that didn’t get sequels by suggesting more Homeworld. But then comes up with Hired Guns.

Me, I’d like Notch to aim his money gun at more Planescape: Torment. Just pay for Chris Avellone to spend a year sat writing. And OBVIOUSLY Burnout: Paradise 2, because the universe needs it. And of course, Force Commander.

What do you suggest? We’ll make sure Notch funds all suggestions.


  1. iwem.xo says:

    Outcast 2!

    • Meat Circus says:

      Planescape 2: Nameless Boogaloo

    • JediEagle says:

      Definitely Outcast 2. And No One Lives Forever 3, and Advent Rising 2 :D

    • Llewyn says:

      Definitely Outcast 2. The original was just magical, especially the sense of size and life in the capital, which felt like nothing I’d encountered in a game before. In fact, the whole world felt alive in a way that other games didn’t.

      The prospect of the sequel arriving first on console was one of the reasons I justified buying a PS2…

    • Westmark says:

      Outcast 2 i already in the making (sort of).

    • timothystuder says:

      Age of Empires 2. I know this is an older game, but I liked it much more than AoM or AoE 3. If they could remake that game with more civilizations, better balance in countries, and updated graphics, along with a few other fixes (such as improved pathfinding, where they must actually explore, rather than knowing right where to go), that game would be the best.

    • Sarlix says:

      “No One Lives Forever 3”

      Yes, yes and YES!

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      Earl-Grey says:

      Yes! Outcast 2 please!
      Whatever happened to the Outcast 2 that was in the works some time ago?

    • Khemm says:

      And Trespasser 2. And while you’re at it Notch, please resurrect Black Isle. ;)

    • Lambchops says:

      Outcast 2 is the winner. Definitely the most annoyed I’ve been that a sequel had been cancelled.

    • Drayk says:

      Come on guys ! We all know that we need a new Little Big Adventure !!!

    • MadMatty says:

      Good list will have to agree:

      Ignoring those sequels WHICH WERENT WORTHY, or just listing games that need ANOTHER, and in random order:

      1. Midwinter
      2. Elite 3 MMO
      3. System Shock
      4. Popoulous (original gameplay, not “the beginning” faff)
      5. Outcast, why not
      6. Powermonger
      7. Call of Duty

      there ya go.

      ps. just kidding on the last one

    • iwem.xo says:

      It got canceled. The screenshots looked pretty, but they were aiming for the PS2 and scaling down the levels and nonlinearity, if I recall correctly. It may be for the best that that Outcast 2 never saw the light of day.

    • NightKid says:

      Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2, please. Ditto to N.O.L.F. 3

      (Yes, I am aware that there’s a WoD MMO in the works.)

    • Ritashi says:

      Bloodlines 2 yesyesyesyesyesyesYESYESYESPLEASENOTCHDON’TLETMEDOWN

      Or another game leading from it, in the same vein, perhaps another WoD setting, or hell just any old setting if the writing is as awesome as Bloodlines. I could live with all the bugs all over again if I had to.

    • ResonanceCascade says:

      @Khemm I think they should finish Trespasser 1 before they move on to a sequel.

      I say that as someone who owns multiple copies of Trespasser, including one that’s never been opened. I don’t know what is wrong with me.

    • gmcleod says:

      Why the hell hasn’t anyone thought of Beyond Good & Evil 2? Isn’t that going through development hell atm?

    • Ragnar says:

      Planescape: Anguish, Planescape: Misery, and Planescape: Betrayal

  2. Xocrates says:

    Startopia 2, please.

    • piphil says:


    • Gnoupi says:

      This, obviously. Although Startopia 1 is still pretty for its age, and running nicely on most computers nowadays.

    • Jacques says:

      God yes.

    • Staggy says:

      Is it on any digital game stores? The CD is missing from my box and I must play it immediately.

    • cw8 says:


    • Creaturemagic says:

      Watched a video of it on Youtube, but I’m still confused as to what it is? Anyone want to explain the general idea and genre?

    • Arona Daal says:

      Bah,Startopia, such an overrated Game!

    • jumblesale says:

      @Creaturemagic theme spacestation

    • ege says:

      Of course Startopia 2!

      And why not…

      System Shock 3
      Beneath a Steel Sky 2
      Dungeon Keeper 3
      Dreamfall 2

      … and Gemini Rue 2 :)

    • kastanok says:

      There is a persistent rumour that Beneath a Steel Sky is in the works. Last info I can find (given a whole minute’s Googling) is THIS RPS article from 2009 saying the old BASS team were back together.

    • Luk 333 says:

      Startopia should become available from GOG in the near future, considering that they signed Square Enix. I finished the game only last year, from an old CD I had. I couldn’t play it on my GeForce 460 because of serious graphical corruption and slowdowns, but it worked fine on a Radeon 45xx something.

    • Frank says:

      +1, also my first choice

    • Doctor Deimos says:


      And Evil Genius 2.

  3. Perrin says:

    Loom 2 and 3 plz

    • faelnor says:

      yes a thousand times

    • Valvarexart says:

      YES!!! You sir, are a scholar and a gentleman!

      Loom is one of my favourite games of all time, and I’m quite happy to see that I am not the only one who remembers it. I was going to post it but then I saw your wonderful comment. Thank you, sir!

    • kastanok says:

      As lovely as that would be, I’d be happy with any point-and-click adventure with a non-standard interaction mechanic that works as intelligently as Loom’s music-magic system.

    • Nickless_One says:

      oh god yes

    • Shazbut says:

      I was going to say Loom!

  4. Alexander Norris says:

    Robinson’s Requiem was awesome.

    But yes, just pay all of Chris Avellone’s bills for a year, and have him write material for 3-4 games. Best return on investment!

  5. Belsameth says:

    I’d side with a proper new Dungeon Keeper and a Planescape 2!
    Besides that, I’d love a proper sequel to Tie Fighter or Freespace.

    • zuckel says:

      These two. That’s all.

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      Bluerps says:

      Oooh, yes. A new TIE-Fighter would be awesome!

    • Noodlemonk says:

      All of these!

    • Captain Hijinx says:


      More than any other game for me, deserves to be finished, the story was incredible, the game and ending of 2 left me salivating for more and we never got to see the dramatic story end.

    • Guvornator says:

      I’d add X-wing to that list. Was there supposed to be a sequel to Freespace 2? Nothing has disappointed me as much in gaming as the ending of that game…

    • DirtGunfrey says:

      I would take Starlancer 2, if I couldn’t have Tie Fighter 2.

      But I’d prefer Sacrifice 2.

  6. WMain00 says:

    Anachronox 2 please.

    • Eclipse says:


      this man tells the truth.

    • iwem.xo says:


    • castorp says:

      Yeah! It so much needs a sequel.

    • muskieratboi says:

      Don’t you mean “The other half of Anachronox 1“?

    • frenz0rz says:

      This. Please.

    • Luk 333 says:

      I want this badly. It’s been haunting me for the last 10 years. At least, as I said with Startopia, we might finally be able to buy the game from Good Old Games, considering that they brought Square Enix in.

    • Jackablade says:

      It does my heart good to see that someone beat me to the punch on the suggestion for the continuation of the Anachronox story. I’m not the only one who fondly remembers it.

      Anachronox Prime is already scripted and everything, we just need someone to work out who owns the rights, buy them, work out where the hell Tom Hall has gone (he’s apparently moved on from King Isle games to parts unknown) give him said rights and a pile of money to keep whatever studio he’s at rolling.


    • qptain Nemo says:

      So much yes. *hugs all people in the thread*

      As long as Tom Hall designs it and not Notch of course.

    • says:

      Wow… someone beat me to saying Anachronox. I watched the Machinima version last year in lieu of actually replaying, and it was still excellent. Where is Tom Hall?

      I bet Eddie knows.

    • Srethron says:

      It warms my heart to see this many Anachronox 2 fans. Why, there’s certainly more than five of us! Maybe as many as ten!

      Tom Hall is findable on Twitter under ThatTomHall and his blog is tomtomtom dot com. He had a stroke early 2010, which was sad, but he seems to have recovered.

    • Mollusc Infestation says:

      I would pre-order Anachronox 2 purely on the basis of knowing that it would one day be released. I don’t care about anything else. I suppose i’d be pretty easy to scam really.

    • MellowKrogoth says:

      Daikatana 2?


  7. ImperialCreed says:

    If Notch could pony up for Mirror’s Edge 2, that’d be just swell.

    And with the change, a new Freelancer please.

  8. kurtensen says:

    Gladius 2. PLEASE

    Or an HD remake for PC of the first game. Make it happen. Now

    • Jimbo says:

      I was going to say Gladius! Amazed that somebody else already has. Great game.

      I would also like to put forward Freelancer.

    • kurtensen says:

      It is one of my last-gen favourites, along with PSO Ep 1-3. I don’t know how much we played that game, but we beat both campaigns at least twice on split screen. Oh I love that game

  9. Kdansky says:

    Planescape Torment. Or rather: Don’t make a sequel. Make something that’s equally good and focused on its plot and narrative, instead of combat. In fact, just make more games about Not Combat.

    • Jackablade says:

      Planescape is a universe with a massive scope. There’s certainly room for more games to be set there, but Torment, it’s story and characters should be considered sacrosanct.

    • Kdansky says:

      Exactly. A direct sequel where you meet (or even play) as the same characters could never live up to expectations.

      Another game set in the universe, with a similar tone and depth? A few cameos, and revisiting Sigil? A new main character, with a new and interesting story? SOLD!

    • tormeh says:

      I think it’s better to start from scratch if an interesting storyline requires it rather than shoe-horning it into the Planescape world or selecting another storyline. Most worlds are at their most interesting on your first visit, it would be a shame to let the world’s mechanics constrict you when it’s not as interesting as what happens in it.

  10. Text_Fish says:

    Ecstatica II never had a sequel so I’d like that please.

    • MadMatty says:

      There was one set in present day with guns and gratouitous violence, but it got cancelled :/

      i miss it too, Ecstatica was short n sweet

  11. Gap Gen says:

    Make a new game. Like, something interesting that no-one’s seen before. Big boring companies can churn out sequels well enough. Although I second Anachronox 2, simply because the original wasn’t actually finished.

    • Llewyn says:

      The problem is that big, boring companies don’t generally churn out sequels to new and interesting games.

    • yhancik says:

      Still, he has one hell of a point

    • Gap Gen says:

      I suppose the argument for sequels is that they’re safe for investors and consumers, like eating at MacDonalds because you know that wherever you eat your experience will be pretty much the same if you’re looking for something you know you’ll like over gastronomical adventures. I love finding new and interesting things, but equally I like just ploughing through games I know and love, or reading SF books that might not be groundbreaking works of literature but that I can slip into easily and lose myself in for a while.

      Another argument is that because games are complicated and expensive, you often have to give up ideas you wanted to implement. Making a sequel gives you a chance to improve on your idea and show the world what they missed the first time because you don’t have infinite time and money.

      So either of those reasons could be good ones to make sequels. For example, Alpha Centauri could do with an interface update, an easier learning curve for beginners and smarter AI for veterans, and perhaps even more ideas, even though it’s a damn solid game that is still fun to play nearly 15 years on, and probably has yet to be bettered by anything in between.

      That said, one of the joys of Psychonauts was how fresh and different it was. It’d be a shame if Doublefine finds itself retreading old ground and losing its originality, but if it’s grown to the size where it can make two games at once it can probably do both.

  12. Thunderbeak says:

    Giants: Citizen Kabuto, duh.

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    • wanderer_nl says:

      Giant’s: Citizen Kabuto 2 for sure and Advent Rising 2 and 3

    • Noodlemonk says:

      You beat me to it! One of the funniest games.

    • Gap Gen says:

      Ooh, yes. Giants lost a lot of steam as it went on (always a shame when I enjoy being a stompy monster the least), but it was really neat and had a good sense of humour.

      As for Advent Rising, I got my Uncensored review published in PC Gamer for that one. I played it non-stop overnight for some reason, and then dreamed of punching aliens ceaselessly (an unstoppable alien race that you can beat via the medium of punching! Hurrah!). It’s a really bizarre game, especially since you get Jedi powers halfway through for no reason, and the story takes a sudden twist without warning before ending suddenly, but I did enjoy just punching everything.

    • Frank says:

      +1 for Giants

    • Cunzy1 1 says:

      Oh my god yes.


  13. lordcooper says:

    Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing.

    That is all.

  14. Pangaron says:

    Dungeon Master 3 would be nice :)

  15. AbyssUK says:

    Codename Eagle 2, the fun multi player vehicular shooter!

    • Jackablade says:

      Wasn’t Codename Eagle more or less just a testbed for what eventually became Battlefield 1942?

  16. FluffDaSheep says:

    Tie Fighter 3, more than anything.

    Crimson Skies reboot, more than anything that isn’t Tie Fighter 3.

  17. Crimsoneer says:

    Freelancer/Starlancer 2. ALso, Little Big Adventure 3, just because we can.

    • frenz0rz says:

      Oh my, do my eyes decieve me or am I seeing some genuine love for Starlancer on RPS? Good lord. Not enough people have played that absolute gem of a game, or are even aware of its existence. Freespace 2 may indeed hold up slightly better today, but the semi-branching story, capital ship interaction and god damn evil space communists make it an underappreciated classic for me.

      Its one of the only games I’ve played that produced branching story elements within a linear series of missions, similar to Deus Ex. I remember being amazed when I was younger that I could actively fail a mission – say, to ambush and destroy an enemy capital ship – and the game would continue after a particularly harsh debriefing. The war went on regardless of my failure. However, said capital ship would reappear in a later mission to make your life hell, and possibly change the outcome of the battle.

    • Laurentius says:

      Little Big Adventure 3 !
      Starlancer 2
      Tie Fighter 2

    • Lambchops says:

      Yeah, those games what the people above me said. All of them please. I’m a greedy bastard. In fact throw in Magic Carpet 3 while you’re at it, I’m sure that game could work amazingly with some slightly tweaked design.

  18. Orija says:

    Stalker 2

    • Stevostin says:

      Ok, that one is serious. More ppl in line below that comment please.

    • ninjapirate says:

      Stalker 2 is a palpable suggestion, since it’s already in the works and in desperate need for funding!


  19. promenad says:

    Moonstone 2 please

  20. valouris says:

    Some sort of sequel to Fate of Atlantis. Stat.

    • MadTinkerer says:

      It’s called Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

    • Sarlix says:

      Oh, you a bad man.

    • kastanok says:

      ^ ^ ^

      See, that’s my argument when people complain about Crystal Skull’s aliens: they’re not a new addition to official Indian Jones stories, if you assume as I do that the Atlantean’s gods count as aliens. Or for that matter, if the god of the Arc of the Covenant counts. I don’t see trans-dimensional aliens worshipped as gods as being so different from gods with no explanation of their origin.


  21. doma says:

    Freelancer 2.

    A proper Fallout 3.

    Gangsters: Organized Crime 3

    The Guild 3.


    • jamesgecko says:

      They already made the proper Fallout 3. It’s called New Vegas.

  22. Sorbicol says:

    Free space 3 and single handedly reviving the space sim genre wouldn’t go amiss either

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    • phlebas says:

      Single-handedly? I thought a lot of people liked X3?

    • InternetBatman says:

      The Space Genre is already undergoing a resurgence. X3, that space trading game, Precursors, space minecraft, and there’s a few more.

  23. Hoschimensch says:

    Planescape Torment 2!!!

    And also System Shock 3.

  24. Drake Sigar says:

    Alpha Protocol 2.

    (Chaos Engine 2 is tempting though)

    • TeraTelnet says:

      You mean Chaos Engine 3, right?
      link to

    • csuzw says:

      My initial thought was Hardwar or Homeworld but I’d completely forgotten about Alpha Protocol. They don’t have to add much, just complete it properly (more Albatross stuff please!) and either remove boss battles or even better find some way to make them fit and work regardless of play style.

    • apocraphyn says:

      @Tera: That’s precisely what I was going to say. Chaos Engine 3/remake wouldn’t be a bad idea, though…

  25. koz says:

    I’d rather Notch fund his own projects. That is after all, how he became Notch.

    He’s not Electronic Arts.

    (That being said, I want him to fund Dead State. Kthxbye)

  26. piphil says:

    Tie Fighter.

  27. felisc says:

    Daikatana 2?

  28. Schadenfreude says:

    Tell Jim that the Chaos Engine had a sequel. Never played it, some kind of weird head to head deathmatch thingy.

  29. Mungrul says:

    Rescue Matthew Smith from obscurity and bring us another Willy game.

  30. Eclipse says:

    – Little Big Adventure 3
    – Anachronox 2
    – Outcast 2
    – Giants 2
    – Heart of Darkness 2
    – Silver 2
    – HeXen 3
    – Nox 2
    – Sacrifice 2

    and I can continue…

    • SenseiSoul says:

      Sacrifice 2 and Giants 2 would both be my games of choice. Cannot express how much I loved (and still love) those games.

    • Noodlemonk says:

      Yes! Sequels to Sacrifice and Citizen Kabuto! MAKE IT HAPPEN! BRING ME TOBACK TO THE FROMTIME!!

    • InternetBatman says:

      I would love sequels to Nox and Zaxx. They weren’t the greatest of all time, but they were really, really fun.

    • MadMatty says:

      +1 to Sacrifice

  31. jumblesale says:

    LBA 3. It saddens me that the landscape for younger gamers is certainly a lot less imaginative than when the madder-than-a-fridge-of-stoats French scene was churning out gems like this. Sure you’ve got your Lego film franchises and whatnot but I want my kids to wear magic anoraks and fight elephant men and fly to the moon! And in the game.

    • Luke says:

      +1 for more mad French games. LBA was so fantastically cheerful – it’s exactly the sort of game I want to play with my kids.

      Aaaand more Beyond Good and Evil. Do it.

    • Drayk says:

      LBA3 definitively !

    • MadMatty says:

      +1 to more mad French games….

      ps. I´d recommend “Cargo: Quest for Gravity” as its one mad eastern-european game- short tho (~8 hours)

  32. DestructibleEnvironments says:

    A new Vampire The Masquerade would be mighty swell. I will donate my blood to the creators weekly.

  33. Baggypants says:

    Stunt Car Racer 2

  34. avarisclari says:

    Legend of Dragoon 2. It needs to happen

    • AmateurScience says:

      I have lived all these years thinking I was the only person to play that game…

    • secretguy_90 says:

      Legend of dragoon 2, enough said lol. I’ve played the first one soo much even if they just did an HD remake of it since we aren’t getting any of the good Final fantasys may as well make the other other greatest RPG on the PSone

    • Wabznasm says:

      Oooh, yes please.

      Wouldn’t mind another Vagrant Story as well.

  35. Schadenfreude says:

    Also, I would love a sequel to Darklands.

  36. silgidorn says:

    I’d be happy with a Brutal Legend PC port, personally. It would probably cost less than a sequel. And could be a good start for Notch’s publishing.

    …And it would be Brutal fucking legend on PC!

    • InternetBatman says:

      Here, here. That is one of the few console exclusives I really want.

  37. Staggy says:

    Another No One Lives Forever please!

    And an extra side of monkey.

  38. JenSeven says:

    What I would like to see is Tachyon: The Fringe 2.
    I would seriously like to see the revival of the Space Flight Combat Sims, and Tachyon was a great example. Of course that was hugely helped by the voice acting of Bruce Campbell.
    So yeah, make another Tachyon happen (With Campbell again please)!

  39. SirKicksalot says:

    Undying 2

    • Necroscope says:

      +1 Clive Barker’s Undying 2 would be my choice.

    • Luk 333 says:

      Really strange that this IP wasn’t resurrected. Maybe EA should have investigated why the first one flopped so hard.

  40. Jams O'Donnell says:

    Beyond Good and Evil 2 seems to be trapped in limbo. I’m sure a cash injection could help.

    • Suits says:

      Buy it off Ubisoft please Notch.

    • Telzis says:

      Beyond Good and Evil 2 would be great! Even getting more information on its current state would be great, instead of releasing a one minute trailer once in a decade and claiming they are working on it.

    • Frank says:


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      Yes. Buy the IP and shangai Michel Ancel off Ubi.

  41. Carter says:

    Will Rock 2! – I keed I keed

    Stalker 2 please

    • Lambchops says:

      Oh my, have we just found that one perrson around who likes Will Rock?!

  42. Ed123 says:

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4

  43. coldvvvave says:

    Interstate ’77

  44. Cabaen says:

    Arcanum 2 and Elite 4

  45. Maxheadroom says:

    Jagged Alliance! Oh wait..

  46. fionny says:

    He needs to get the Dungeon Keeper rights and make a new one!

  47. AmateurScience says:

    Anyone else think that this is the future of game publishing? Good games making individuals and small teams financially comfortable. Then making the games they want to play with profits (their money) rather than the games that will sell to appease shareholders that don’t care if it’s shovelware as long as it sells.

    E.g. one gets the feeling that Dragon Age 2 would have been better if Bioware were still owned by a non-floated company.

    Also: I shall echo the call for another Freelancer*. Get Chris Roberts on the phone stat!

    *(also TIE Fighter or Freespace) MOAR SPACE!

    • JB says:

      I shall echo your echo. More Freelancer would be good.

    • Azdeus says:

      This. More Freelancer without a doubt!

    • InternetBatman says:

      I really think it is. As the tools to make games get more advanced (so stuff gets cheaper to make) and audiences get larger, I believe that more companies will self-fund, and eventually self-distribute games. For that to happen, I think some AA companies need to enter that space next with smaller projects that are larger in scale than your average indie platformer/puzzler/shoot-em-up. Either that’ll come from the smaller companies that have moved to portables because they couldn’t afford to keep up, or a test project like a few more Doublefine minigames.

      Personally, I think the perfect test would be letting JE Sawyer remake Darklands on Obsidian’s new engine. It would appeal mostly to PC gamers anyways, and could probably be successful if you put it on a tiny budget.

  48. Marzipan Dildo says:

    A sequel to XIII. If that happened I don’t think I’d be able to breathe.

  49. sebsin8 says:

    Since we’re on the topic of Double Fine fund a Brutal Legend PC port.

  50. Choca says:

    Alpha Centauri 2

    • MadMatty says:

      The diplomacy is much better than in Civ 5- its like theyve taken a step backwards with AI ?!