He’s a totally outrageous paradigm
While nobody raised an eyebrow that Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, and other big bucks mascot adventurers all made successful comebacks, it has been a little more surprising to see the return of lesser-remembered platforming superstars such as Bubsy Bobcat, Kao the Kangaroo, Zool, and Ty the Tasmanian Tiger. Well, it seems we might have another name to add to the list, with a rumor that Square Enix might be preparing a return for ’90s nobody, Gex.
The whispers started after Square Enix filed a new European trademark for the brand, (as spotted by the eagle-eyes of Gematsu). While this does not necessarily confirm the existence of plans for the ‘tuded lizard boi, it should be noted that Square Enix has spoken of its plans to release new titles based on classic Eidos IPs. These titles are expected to arrive in the form of sub-label “Square Enix Collective“, and a Gex remaster, remake, or new sequel would certainly fit this bill. Of course, old trademarks get refreshed and revitalized on a weekly basis, but the timing, aligned with so many ’90s platforming comebacks, has certainly got the Gex fanbase flicking their tails with excitement.
In hindsight, I regret that last sentence.
If a new Gex title did emerge, it would be the first release for the franchise since 1999’s Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko, by which point our hero had someone been turned into some bizarre, bootleg, “James Bond” type (who is also Stone Cold Steve Austin and also Austin Powers?) complete with UK lad’s mag attitude and a human girlfriend. If I remember correctly, they actually fuck at the climax of that game. Jesus Christ.
Whether Gex 4, a Gex remake, a Gex remastered trilogy, or a Gex nothing-at-all are on the horizon remains to be seen, but we’ll be sure to give you the heads up should anyone at Square Enix decide that the time is right for scaly secret agent’s comeback.