Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo announced that, starting in May, all games published on their respective systems will have to be either be sequels or imply that they are sequels.
An anonymous spokesman for Microsoft said, "When a customer sees a video game that is a sequel but they never saw or played the original, they assume that there must have been a popular and well received first game, so it goes a long way to establishing the credibility of that title as a 'must buy.'" This new policy means that all titles, even completely original IPs must be marketed as the second game in a series, and even third, fourth, or fifth games in an already established series must now also be marketed as sequels.
"I think it's confusing.", one gamer said. "I mean, there's a new Mario Bros. game coming out in a few months and now it's called 'Super Mario Bros. 2?' But there already WAS a Super Mario Bros. 2!"
Another anonymous gamer said "I think it's a great idea because it makes sure that everyone is able to follow the story and everyone is going to be in the same place. I mean, maybe everyone didn't play Bioshock 2...but now, when Bioshock 2 comes out a few years from now, they won't feel as confused or left out."
This new policy radically changes the landscape for upcoming major games for 2011-2014 on all three major systems, with gamers now looking forwards to a number of continuing sequels like:
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Final Fantasy 2
God of War 2
Prince of Persia 2
Tiger Woods Championship Golf 2
Mario Paint 2
And a number of new franchises like:
Dr. Bloomberg's Amazing Squash Adventure 2
She's Pregnant! The Game! 2
Dark Darkness 2
Boy, I Sure Am Drunk! The Movie: The Game: The Expansion 2
More on this story as it develops...