Are Numbered Sequels A Thing Of The Past For SCE Worldwide Studios?


If you roam through some of Sony‘s recent first party releases that also happen to be sequels, you’ll notice something. They aren’t numbering them anymore. From Killzone: Shadow Fall to God of War: Ascension, all the way to the upcoming inFamous: Second Son and Uncharted, SCE Worldwide Studios seems to have dropped the numerals. Is this an attempt to make the third, fourth, or fifth installment in a series more approachable to newcomers? Is it so the media doesn’t note the length of a franchise so easily? Who knows, but it definitely seems to be a trend they’re continuing.

What benefit is there to dropping numerical titles? Do you think that Sony made a conscious decision to do so, or is it all just a big coincidence? Or is it just the fact that most of the titles in question are launching on the PS4 and they want a new start of sorts for their franchises?

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  • Kamille

    I think numbers should only be dropped for reboots and stuff.

  • Bristow9091

    Well it works for Mario and Pokémon, lol 😛

    But to be honest, I think the new Uncharted will be numbered and have a subtitle, but they just didn’t want to show it off yet, since all we’ve seen is a very short teaser, I’m guessing we’ll get more details eventually, including the real name of the game 🙂