Remember Gex, the channel-surfing, wise-cracking reptile who starred in a ton of classic Playstation and N64 games? Well, Square Enix wants to put him in his first new game since 1999. But, the neat thing is they want you to design it! If you think I'm joking, read on.
Square Enix Wants You to Bring Back Gex!
The Square Enix Collective launched last year, as a collaborative effort between Square Enix and the crowdfunding website Indiegogo. Until recently, it's provided a platform for game designers to pitch their original ideas for new properties. Pretty much anyone can submit game ideas, and the internet-at-large gets to vote for the pitches they like. If a project gets enough attention, Square Enix then offers help advertising, funding, and developing the project. Think of it as a video game version of Shark Tank.
Pitch Your Own Ideas for a Gex Sequel!
Up until this year the Square Enix Collective has focused solely on developing new game franchises. That changed on February 17th, when they made the intellectual properties of some of their older series available for development. What this means is that if you have an idea for a new Gex game, they want to hear it. "It doesn't mean that we're looking for straight-up sequels," Square Enix wrote in a recent news article, "we'd love to see different takes on those
universes. What would Gex look like in a side-scrolling adventure, or a
turn-based strategy? So feel free to mash up genres, and get creative."
If They Like it, Your Game Becomes a Reality!
I don't know about you, but I think it's really cool that developers are giving long-time fans direct input on how to best revitalize older franchises like Gex. It's a great way to ensure that the people who are most passionate about retro-titles have a direct role in the development of their successors. If you want to learn more about the Square Enix Collective and their plans to create follow-ups to other classic games, you can read their full press release here.
Buy Gex - For the PlayStation 1
So, are any of you feeling inspired? Want to try and get your favorite Gecko green lit? Or are you just excited to know there could be a Gex revival in the near future? I'd love to hear what you make of Square Enix's latest business plan in the comments.