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Chattycast 129: When Franchises Fizzle

Mass Effect: Andromeda's tepid reception leads us to talk about franchises that have faltered.


Mass Effect: Andromeda drops this week, and it's fair to say the reviews haven't been as glowing as its predecessors. Whether by age or quality or just design paradigms moving on, this won't be the first time a series slips and loses some of its critical and fan reputation.

This week, the Chattycast talks about what becomes of big franchises when they start to lose their way. Some go quietly into that good night, others find a way to stay relevant, and some meander along for a while longer. What series have made a successful bounce-back after starting to falter? What lessons can the team at BioWare learn from the successes and failures of others?

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