We're talking about a franchise that's dipped its toes (forgive the insinuation) into every medium over 30 years. All it seems to ultimately do is splinter the fanbase. I've been led to believe we desperately crave continuity, but never seem to get it for more than a few years at a time. A franchise can try new things without throwing everything away except for the basics of character design. Why not seek to unify an extended universe outside of the games?