Honestly, I think writing a sequal for the same character is harder than writing a new one. I mean in a sequal with the same character the writers have to find a way to further explore and develop the character, which can be harder than creating a new one and have a big development. Either way, no developer is "lazy" cuz they reuse characters. They're "lazy" if the writing is garbage.
Personally I'd rather games like GTA or Saints Row to have new characters each time because it helps make each new game feel like a fresh experience (SR may technically have the same main character each game but I give it a pass because, since that game has a character creator you could make a different character each game if you wanted to)
However I wouldn't mind if they did what Assassin's Creed does and have like a GTA V sub-series that continues the stories of Michael, Trevor, and/or Franklin
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