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5 franchises that should do standalone DLC

A little while ago we got the news that there’s going to be a new Far Cry game in early 2019. Far Cry New Dawn seems to be following the same path that Far Cry Primal trod as a DLC idea that has been stretched to become its own thing. While these Far Cry examples push the boundaries of what is standalone DLC and what makes an entirely new game, other franchises are also embracing this medium. There’s Dishonored: Death of the Outsider and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Two big franchises adding smaller new stories, often reusing assets, and starring characters introduced in core games. We like the idea of these off-shoots, so here are some more franchises that we’d like to see do the same.


Red Dead Redemption: Tombstone

There’s no denying that Red Dead Redemption 2 is a technical marvel. The open world in that game is one of the best we have ever seen. From the amazing visuals to the numerous sub-systems running unnoticed in the background, what Rockstar has created is remarkable and bordering on witchcraft. However, this is not a game that is universally loved. The story is pretty depressing and goes on for a long time. Some of the mechanics that make the game so realistic can also make it quite dull.

What I would love to see with Red Dead Redemption would be a standalone DLC expansion based on Wyatt Earp and Tombstone. Keep the action in a smaller area with a tighter story, and this could be great. Playing as the law, bringing order to a booming town would be a nice change while still providing some thrills, spills, and surprises. Rockstar is clearly focussed on constantly reinvigorating Red Dead Online. However, this is a developer who can do whatever they want and never say never.


Gears of War: Oscar Diaz

Gears of War 4 was a good reintroduction to the series. The new characters worked fairly well. One of the new additions really stood out to me, though. Kait’s uncle, and former Gear, Oscar Diaz provided some of the best one-liners as well as a gritty resolve. Now if you’re sat there thinking ‘but didn’t he die’ I strongly suggest that you go back and watch all the way through the credits of the game. We’ll wait . . . now you’re back from watching it on YouTube (we know what you’re like) we’ll continue.

Yes, Oscar Diaz is still alive. Of course, with this being a standalone DLC kind of game it wouldn’t have mattered if he was dead. The game could just as easily take place before the events of Gears 4. It could explore his time as a Gear or when he first become an Outsider. They can even throw in a cool cameo from one of the original characters. Either way, just give us some more of those great one-liners, sarcastic attitude, and great vocal delivery by Jimmy Smits.


Forza Horizon: Hot Wheels

OK, so yes, we have already had a Hot Wheels expansion for Forza Horizon. The thing is, though, it was so good that it left us wanting more. We’d love to see a full-blown Forza game with Hot Wheels tracks and vehicles. Hot Wheels has such a great array of vehicles and track pieces that weren’t included in the Forza Horizon 3 DLC that it could still feel completely different.

It would also be cool to see some more drag-style races on shorter tracks. This is something that has been included in previous games, on runways and alike, but they’ve always felt like random additions rather than an essential part of gameplay. A lot of real-world Hot Wheels tracks would only take a matter of seconds to complete. Turn these into drag events, and it could be something really fun. Obviously, we’d still want longer tracks with giant loop-the-loops and boost pads. Whatever Turn 10 or Playground Games want to do, though, we would trust them to knock it out of the park.


Titanfall: Origins

Titanfall 2 had the best campaign of any shooter in 2016. We can’t wait to play more, and before the inevitable Titanfall 3, how about a game that shares the origins of the giant war mechs. The movement in the series is so good that if the game didn’t even feature the mechs till the end, it wouldn’t be a bad thing. They could also take the mechs to the extreme. Make the lightweight ones really fast but very weak. The heavy mechs could then be incredibly well armoured but ridiculously slow.

We could learn more about the politics of the two sides in the battles as well as why they decided to create the mechs. Respawn Entertainment clearly have the campaign chops to pull off something dramatic, intriguing, and really exciting. They have developed a really interesting franchise and learning more about the origins of the conflict could take it all to the next level.


Halo: Cortana

Of course, the most obvious franchise to want more of is Halo! We have already had Halo 3: ODST so the franchise could easily support another standalone expansion. The great thing is that with the hole they dug themselves into plot-wise, this could be a good way to get themselves out of it. There have been lots of rumours that Halo Infinite is either a reboot of the franchise or leaves the arc of Halo 5’s story altogether. Well, how about giving us a shorter standalone experience where we play as Cortana and see what happened to her, and either closes out her story or leads to a way to refresh it.

Obviously, this would be a very different game to previous Halo games. Cortana is, after all, an AI rather than a genetically engineered super soldier. I still think that Halo fans would be really interested to find out what happens to her and generally get to know more about her as a character. 343 Industries, if you’re listening, please make this happen.


Well, those are some of the franchises that we would love to see expanded. What would you like to play? Maybe a Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six, or Ghost Recon spin-off? Or how about different Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed title? Why not share your thoughts in the comments section down below

Steve Clist
Joint Editor-in-Chief at Xbox Enthusiast as well as a contributor for Nintendo Enthusiast and PlayStation Enthusiast. Steve is a musician and gamer who loves sharing his passion for each. You will normally find him at the front of the grid in racing games or on the other end of the kill cam when you've just been killed in a first-person shooter.

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