It’s always funny when you see the routes that various franchises take. The Expanse started life as a series of books, which became a television series, and now it’s getting adapted into a tabletop game. But what would eventually become the books came from tabletop roleplaying in a homebrew system. That seems to make things a nice circle… until you consider that the tabletop game was being adapted from a failed MMO pitch some 15 years ago.
According to creator Ty Franck the setting was originally developed as a pitch for a Chinese company looking to put together an MMO. The pitch failed chiefly because the company didn’t realize that MMOs were easily $100 million projects, but Franck kept working on the setting. Of course, at this point the series seems to have done quite well for itself… but if it ever does adapt into an MMO, then we’ll have gone full circle.