Feudal Saga: The First Kingdom
Set in an alternate, mystical, feudal China, where the country’s not united and regions have been at war for ages. The faction leaders come together at a council and decide to put an end to the bloodshed once and for all. They decide to hold a tournament where the best fighters from each region will gather to battle for the fate of their region.
There would be heroes and villains, people pulling their strings, etc but a lot of gray area in between, mixed motivations, as well as themes of love, honor, betrayal, patriotism, desperation, forgiveness, loyalty, failure, addiction, greed, jealousy… Any number of more serious plotlines intertwining in a sweeping narrative that the player “creates” through several decisions throughout their chosen character’s playthrough that tie in to other character playthroughs, effecting their choices, that lead to one of several outcomes for the tournament, the individual characters, as well as China as a whole.
Once the player has played through the story with every character, the whole story is stitched together and players can watch it as a movie.
Characters would be imbued with supernatural powers to go along with the skills they already have ranging from unique weapons, styles, powers, and spells, to animal aids, supernatural / otherworldly gifts, and more.
Players would also be able to create their own game within the game, creating characters, assigning them combinations of weapon, style, power, skill, spell, animal move sets and clothing items, all of which are unlocked through playing, putting together their own creations with stuff not found on the main character roster, then attaching characters to each region and writing backgrounds and endings for them. This would play out more like a traditional fighting game arcade mode, but these creations can be shared online and played by others. Players would vote the best experiences to the top of the pile for others to play and enjoy.
Dead Souls: The Void
Sort of like a take on Eternal Champions, only without monsters. Also, they’re not nabbed by the Eternal Champion right before they’re about to die. These characters have all died at various points in their lives and they’re all from one specific time, they just come from different walks of life, different parts of the world, etc. Some of them died young and some lived to old age.
The game would take place in an otherworldly place and the characters would be fighting for the chance to be born in to the world of the living once more. Throughout the story, the player is learning who’s behind this tournament, where they are, why, and the plot will peel back the layers of the characters; who they were in life, how they lived, whether they were good people, what they’d want to do with their second chance, etc.
The plot would involve twists and turns, uneasy alliances created and broken, complex, realistic methods of dealing with themes like death, loss, mourning, nostalgia, class conflict, cultural differences, what it’s like for those that lose everything they had (ie the flipside of dying), etc, and the desperation all of these characters feel, and how that desperation is preyed upon by these malevolent forces.
As far as existing IPs that I’d like to see a fighting game for:
Game of Thrones: I mean, c’mon. This series is practically tailor made for a fighting game! Any type of plot could be written to justify bringing many of these characters together to battle for the entertainment of the king. Maybe it takes place before the kidnapping of Lyanna Stark by Rhaegar Targaryan, and you see some of the other characters when they were young, like Ned and Robert and Barriston Selmy and Thoros of Myr in their primes.
Or maybe it takes place in some alternate version of the middle of the current timeline and we get several other characters that might not be “fighters,” yet they have skills and abilities that allow them to be competitive. Either way, there are plenty of knights and power hungry people and violent people that could make for a fun fighter.
Batman: I know Injustice has several of Batman’s characters covered, but I really want to see a full Batman game with the caped crusader, Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, and a super-sized helping of the rogues gallery, with a story set fully in Gotham City on the level of the Arkham games’ storytelling.
I think it’d also be cool if the story mode allowed you to move around Gotham City manually, beat up thugs, use your character’s move list, sort of like Tekken Force, but with more of an eye toward the Arkham game’s style. Perhaps this city exploration and thug beating opens up various forms of loot to buff your character, add tons of different types of outfit options, paths to better loot, side story content, etc.
Not much more to say about this really. I just want this to happen more than Injustice 3, and I’m really hoping it’s something NRS will lean in to after MK11.