Well here we are friends at the end of a long journey together. For those of you who have made it through all three parts of this series I salute you. If I could give you some token of appreciation I would, but unfortunately a virtual pat on the back will have to do. In the last part of the series I want to focus on some classic IP's that have yet to be honored with an MMO that they can call their own.
IP's That Would Make Great MMO's: Pt.3 Classic IP's That Aren't MMO's but Should Be.
We have seen with the success of Lord of the Rings Online and World of Warcraft and the development of a new Star Wars and Star Trek MMO that the classic IP's still have some marketability in today's MMO landscape. Classic IP's come with built in audiences excited about the idea of being able to adventure in a living iteration of one of thier favorite IP's in a way that only a MMO may deliver. Most importantly though the classic IP's achieve what few other MMO ideas can achieve and that is the ability to attract new audiences to the MMO genre who may have never found thier way to it any other way. Below is a list of classic IP's that have yet to be given a shot as an MMO, but should be. Enjoy.
So maybe your thinking that the last thing the MMO genre needs in another fantasy title. Or maybe your thinking that D&D already has a MMO and doesn't need another. On both counts I disagree. Whether you were introduced to The Forgotten Realms through the old pen and paper game or through its many successful and award winning video game titles one cannot deny the allure of thie IP. Sure there's DDO, but its set in a city not in an open ladnscape in which you could set a Forgotten Realms MMO. Heck you could even use one of the popular franchises like Never Winter NIghts, or Baulder's Gate to add even more of an existing fanbase. With its many different landscapes and well developed lore it is just criminal The Wizards of the Coast have not tried to find a studio to put this MMO together.
What once started as a pen and paper role playing game 20 years ago has since evolved into one of the better thought out and realized science fiction IP's. Through its well written books and successful video games Battletech offers a flavor to the MMO genre that few other IP's can. That is little humans piloting big battle mechs and trying to blow each other up all set in a back drop of warring clans and political intrigue. Its been awhile since we have seen an enrty in the video game market from Battletch's Mechwarrior series, yet I still see grumblings on forums from time to time about how this IP would be a great MMO, and if you ever had to chance to play any of those game you would agree too.
Now we all know that Blizzard is developing a new MMO, but we all also don't have the faintest idea of what it is. So with that in mind Starcraft makes my list. This IP sits fondly in my mind as I am sure it does with many of you as well. This IP has it all. 3 factions vying for control over limitless space. Well developed races with their own heirarchies as well as a wide variety of potential character classes. The amount of people still playing Starcraft to this day should be enough to convince any business that this would be well recieved, but if that's not enough to convince you wait till you see the first month sales of Starcradt 2.
Continuing our conversation from above we still don't know what mmo Blizzard is developing. I waited five minutes for an announcment, but it didn't arrive. Although this IP lacks any good faction material it makes up for it with a great mix of fantasy and horror. The IP already has a great mix of original character classes wuth even more new ones on the way in Diablo 3. As well there is a great story line and well developed land to explore. Again if you aren't convinced by how many people still play the series wait till you see the first month sales of Diablo 3. God I sound like a borken record.
With sci-fi being all of the craze right now there's got to be enough room for this classic IP. With a TV show and yet another movie coming out there must be a consumer interest iin this frnachise still. The war vs the machines would be an excellent backdrop for this mmo with player playing either man or machine. And what fun would it be to have a feature of the game being going back in time to affect events inthe game world at the expense of your character. Juat a thought. This frnchise has not really been represented well in the game market and perhaps a MMO of this IP would change that.
And that's it for my series on IP's and mmo's. I thank you all for your reading time. I am sure I missed some great classic IP's,a nd would love to read any that you feel would be desrving of the MMO treatment as well and why.
Until Next Time,