I’m going to say that ‘no, Panzer Dragoon shouldn’t be resurrected.’
My opinion is based on having recently watched a video regarding Silent Hill, another franchise which I loved and adored.
The video, which is quite interesting and funny, is here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v= re-release of the games, like a port with higher res graphics, like that seen on an emulator, with the typical art gallery, insider documentaries and write ups from the makers included, is all I would wish for.
There’s media that I love and have affected me on a personal level. Like the film ‘Fight Club’. I watched that film to death, to the point where it’s affected the way I live and think (my opinions on corporations and the meaning of money was substantially affected by this film), and yet I haven’t watched the film in years because key scenes and it’s morals are within me always, and I remember the film so vividly that I don’t really need to see them again. Incidentally, there’s a sequel being published in comic book form and I have mixed feelings if there’s any good reason other than money to do so.
Panzer Dragoon was the first Sega Saturn game I ever played, and I have strong personal emotions with just about all of the games, but I find it hard to believe that a new game could repeat performance, because I will be experiencing them at a different time period, when I’m a different person, and a future sequel would very unlikely touch me the same way the past games have.
If the original creators woke up one morning and said “hey, I have an idea for a sequel that would touch gamers on a personal level; just as much as the previous games.” then, sure, I’d be down with them making a sequel in the trust that it was being made for the right reason.
But to make a sequel because fans want to see barely anything more than a graphical update, or just to desperately imitate past experiences? Sounds like a game being made for all the wrong reasons.
Panzer Dragoon was concluded with the 3rd game, and the 4th one was a welcome edition which nailed the controls, showed us a PD with great graphics, and some awesome music. Even the original creators of PD have moved onto other projects and I’m sure they don’t care for franchise even as much as we do. They are proud of their work, but they’re different people now and they want to do different things with their professional lives than just try to resurrect a dead horse from the long past.
And we have Crimson Dragon to show us basically what a new PD would be like and, sure, Crimson has flaws due to the force of kinect, 180 turn to controls, and port to a new console, with a change to the soundtrack, but I’m sure that even if the game were made with the intention of being a 360 game with gamepad controls as its main focus from the start, it still wouldn’t have met our expectations. We would either criticise it as an imitator of PD, or complain it wasn’t close enough to the original material. And if they made it a PD sequel, I’m sure we’d all be complaining about it in some way because it didn’t feel the same as when we were play the saturn games.
Finally, regarding wanting to make your own PD… even if you miraculously owned the rights and made a game, it’s still just going to be a fangame. HELL, some people don’t consider Orta cannon just because some of the original staff weren’t on board when making it. What makes you think that making the game as a lucky fan is going to be accepted by the few people who still like and remember the franchise?
You’re not the original creators of the series, and even if you have in-depth knowledge of the series, no matter how you approach it, you’ll be approaching it as a fan, and not from an artistic point of view that the original creators intended. I think this is a losing battle, even if you overcame all the odds in your favour. Like I mentioned to begin with, the only thing it would prove was an unhealthy obsessiveness to a few video games.
Sorry to sound harsh. It’s not my intention to sound rude or vicious (if my post happens to read that way at any point). I just think that any such efforts are fruitless. Like Silent Hill and Fight Club, Panzer Dragoon is a series just best left in the past.
Also sorry for going on a long tangent here, but I hope people (the 1.5 people who probably read this post) will appreciate what I’m trying to say; lets move on guys. We’ve got this site in memory of these awesome games; 4 (or technically 5) of them. I think that’s enough.