When Square Enix acquired Eidos, there were several properties that haven’t seen the light of day since the PS1. Out of those titles included Gex the Gecko, Fear Effect and Anachronox. With teams busy resurrecting and working on other Eidos titles such as Tomb Raider, Thief, Deus Ex and Hitman, these titles continued to be ignored. That is until now.
Last year, Square Enix created the Square Enix Collective, a system where developers could pitch game projects and have the public vote and offer feedback on those concepts. Projects that find success would receive marketing and development from Square Enix, as well as an assessment of the team’s ability to deliver on their pitch and budget. Finally the successful projects then go on to crowdfunding through sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
Square Enix stating on their blog that they will open up the Collective to Gex the Gecko, Fear Effect and Anachronox, stating that they are open to different kind of games. “It doesn’t mean that we’re looking for straight-up sequels, 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.”
This is the first time the Collective has used previously owned IPs, and Square has mentioned possibilities of opening up other brands. Do you have an idea for Gex, Fear Effect or Anachronox? Let us know in the comments, or better yet send it off to the Collective.