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Breaking Bad Creator Says There Were Many Failed Attempts to Make a Video Game

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It’s not easy making a video game, otherwise, there would be many Breaking Bad

games. Series creator Vince Gilligan, who also co-created the hit spinoff series Better Call Saul with Peter Gould, touched on the franchise’s false starts in the video game world. On the latest episode of the Inside the Gilliverse podcast, Gilligan revealed how he had attempted to collaborate with Rockstar Games to make an open-world video game in the vein of Grand Theft Auto
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. This is said to have happened “early on” while Breaking Bad was on the air.

In subsequent years, more video game attempts had been made, as Gilligan explains. He also notes a Breaking Bad experience for the Sony PlayStation VR with an original story written by Jenn Carroll was one project that almost happened. Gilligan also mentions the short-lived mobile game Breaking Bad: Criminal Elements, which was launched in 2019 and shut down the following year. He’d like to see more of a Breaking Bad presence in video games, but it’s just never seemed to work out.

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Gilligan agrees that the same standard of quality that they hold for the Breaking Bad shows would be something they’d require for a video game adaptation. He points to the failed E.T. video game for Atari that’s infamously known as one of the worst games ever released. Gilligan also mentions a Breaking Bad slot machine that previously made its way to Las Vegas, but he wasn’t able to find it the last time he was in the city, suggesting it may not have been a hit. In any case, given the past difficulties in getting Breaking Bad games made, Gilligan doesn’t want fans to get too excited about any new games coming in the future.

As of now, Gilligan and Better Call Saul co-creator Peter Gould have no plans to explore the Breaking Bad universe any further. The franchise will end, for now at least, with the Better Call Saul series finale.

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