The Daily Grind: Are there any failed IPs that deserve a second MMO try?

    
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Unbreak my heart.

Am I still upset about what happened with Transformers Universe? Well, it’s a day, so yes. I’m upset. But what makes me even more upset is the idea that the only subsequent movement we’ve seen toward bringing out an online game set in the universe is the arena-based Overwatch clone that is Transformers Online. It’s not localized, it’s hardly an MMO, and that’s a shame because there is totally stuff there to make a fun MMO. The material exists, but the fact that the project never went anywhere kind of poisons the well.

But it’s hardly alone. We aren’t seeing people clamoring for another take on bringing Warhammer fantasy into the MMO space, I don’t see folks lining up for another try on Stargate, and the recent failure of Ghost in the Shell Online means that a compelling take on that world as an MMO seems unlikely. So we’ll turn the question over to you. Are there any failed IPs that deserve a second MMO try? Not IPs that have shifted to new games or still have an active presence, but ones tied to games that flopped badly and have just been left to rot afterwards?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Transformers
Warhammer Fantasy
CoH/CoV
Vanguard Saga of Heroes
Free Realms
World of Darkness
Pathfinder
Monkey Quest
Everquest Next
Pirates of the Caribbean
Lego Universe
Game of Thrones
Shin Megami Tensei
Deadbreed

Darkspore (I know, not an MMO, but it had an online mode and I loved this game).

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Anthony Clark

Tabula Rasa
Warhammer
Earth and Beyond
Matrix
City of Heroes
Everquest

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Leon Andrews

World of Darkness. I will never play a CCP game since they sat on that licence for so long. Totally missed the boat.

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Ket Viliano

Even worse, they sold it off in pieces. I doubt that all the IP will ever be held under one roof and actually used.

/doom

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Purewitz

I’d love to see Transformers given a real chance at being a real MMORPG, same with G.I. Joe. Both would be perfect for a story-driven faction-based Theme Park MMORPG.

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Mush V. Peets

Just because people aren’t clamouring for it doesn’t mean that if the game was made, it wouldn’t do well. Everyone wants a good 40k game, MMO or otherwise. Just… nobody’s willing to ask for it.

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JonBuck

Transformers deserves a real MMO treatment. The setting is perfect for it. You could even incorporate the setting’s muliverse to account for various styles for PCs.

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Ket Viliano

Let the dead rest.

The closing of olde, poorly maintained and badly abused franchises opens the door for new, potentially well done games to come into being.

Let the new era of gaming commence!

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Tamanous

World of Warcraft!

;)

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mistressbrazen

For sure Matrix and Firefly. I never had a chance to play Tabula Rasa but folks bemoan its loss so much, it makes me think I would at least have wanted to give it a try.

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Mr. E.™

I’m one of those folks who bemoan its loss. It wasn’t perfect — development was rushed after a complete design overhaul, there wasn’t any real endgame to speak of — but I’ll be damned if it wasn’t one of my favorite MMORPGS. I loved the classes — Demolitionist and Grenadier were my favorites — and I loved how most of the areas had that war-torn, outnumbered-by-the-enemy feel. The gameplay really captured the feel of being a futuristic soldier, so I could realize all of my Starship Troopers/Aliens fantasies. I ran with a roleplaying group, and we used to have great fun patrolling and defending outposts in-character.

I’d love to see a reboot, but I know that ain’t happening.

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GrimParrot

I absolutely agree. Tabula Rasa was a flawed game, but a tremendous IP. It had its problems but I was entertained like crazy.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Warhammer, definitely.

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miol

They seem pretty happy being part of the very solid Total War series! ;P