One of my favourite ‘guest developed’ games is Cadence of Hyrule, which is Brace Yourself Games (of Crypt of the Necrodancer fame) developing a Legend of Zelda rhythm game. So my mind immediately jumps to indie developers getting to take a major franchise for a spin.
It’s been a year since Paradise Killer came out so I’m reminded of how fond I am of that game, and Kaizen Game Works could release a take on tic-tac-toe and I’d likely come along for the ride. The phenomenal worldbuilding, attention to detail in the conspiracies, and gorgeous character art would be an appreciated addition to any franchise, but wow, they’d do a lot in the Dishonored universe.
Worst Girls Games (We Know The Devil/Heaven Will Be Mine) - a visual novel developer with a great grasp on abstract ideas and love to go around for a bit of polyamory. I think they’d make a phenomenal Kingdom Hearts game, is what I am saying. Kairi deserved better than Melody of Memories.
Colestia should write the new Wolfenstein or Sniper Elite, because that would kick ass.
And while I know this one is phenomenally abstract, Zachtronics can make everything from complex programming games to compelling visual novels to multiple neat variants on Solitaire. A lot of range in storytelling and gameplay, similar to the range on display in a franchise near and dear to my heart. A franchise that has taken beloved characters and had them say that - actually - they are Henry Tudor; a franchise that has taken its classic gameplay and twisted into everything from chess to D&D to dice. That’s right folks, I’m talking Yu-Gi-Oh! - I just want a Solitaire variant using Blue Eyes White Dragon.