The Matrix is getting a fourth movie – so can we have The Matrix Online back now please?

    
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Last night, Twitter exploded with the news that Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss – along with Lana Wachowski – will return for another go at the Matrix movie franchise, with production on The Matrix 4, or whatever they wind up calling it, beginning next year. Normally we’d not cover a movie announcement at all here on MOP, but of course, the MMO genre has a particular fascination with this franchise thanks to the SOE MMORPG The Matrix Online.

As MOP’s Game Archaeologist previously chronicled, the game missed the Matrix hype window, was a bit of a bugfest (we said it was an SOE game), required heavy GM interaction, and suffered from a tiny playerbase, until it was eventually sunsetted in 2009, almost exactly 10 years ago, in fact. But in spite of all that, the folks who played it loved it to bits, and it maintains a cult-favorite status among old-school MMORPG players.

All of this is to say that it’s no wonder that the internet is calling for the revival of the game now.

Yes, please.

Of course, it probably won’t happen. In the meantime, Matrix fans wanting to support Matrix Online might be best off lending a hand to one of the game’s player-run rogue server dev crews instead: There’s the MXOemu and the Hardline Dreams server too, though apparently they’re not fully playable. There’s also a community Discord that’s been hopping this week over the movie news!

Source: Variety
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alienlegion

It’s going to end the same way the Newhart Show ended (for those of us old enough to remember that). Neo get hit in the head with a golf ball, pass out, and will wake up in bed, in the current time. He will wake up Trinity, sleeping next to him, where explains the dream he just had.

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oruh

In the fourth movie you find out the simulation of the simulation is actually in a simulation.

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Bryan Correll

How can there be a Matrix 4 given that 2 and 3 do not exist?

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PhoenixDfire

Ah MXO, My first MMO. I loved that game, even thought it had some serious short comings.

What made that game was the community and the Live Events which drove the ongoing narrative. Once Rarebit and the devs left, it was just a relentless grind which ran out of steam, no matter what the community did.

You always had the impression that SOE ignored the game and I remember that one of the reasons they shut it down was because there was less than 500 people paying a subscription for it. The issue was that a lot of players had payed for the game pass, which allowed access to other SOE games for just a few $ more, (mostly to play SWG if I remember rightly) but those players weren’t counted.

MXO was closed down about six months before DO was ‘saved’ by going free to play and I wonder if MXO could have been saved is similar mechanics had been introduced.

Do I want MXO back? Only if the Community and the Live events come back with it but those things have gone now and I don’t think We’d get them back

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Eamil

MXO was really shitty though… I’d rather see a new game.

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Rolan Storm

Also I wonder if anything from MxO story make it to the movie. Chances are… slight at best. But who knows?

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Rolan Storm

Yeah, won’t happen. Still could have been fun. I’d play.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

Man I loved the beta of MxO. The missions were just too all too samey and predictable. It seemed like the result of really limited early procedural generation.

This was the game when I realized there is never a magical “gold” build between beta and launch. No one is going to surprise you with something they held back. Testers pleaded, but….it is what it is – and i hate that phrase.

Ya, a kick in the nads.

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Etharion Ethie

As someone who was the intelligence officer of a prominent and (relatively) powerful Machine aligned guild, the dev interaction and live story was what made the game. The mechanics needed a lot of work, and once that dev interaction disappeared, so too did the players.

While I miss the interaction and roleplay I got from the game, I don’t miss the game itself and agree with the general consensus: we don’t need MxO back, we’d need something wholly new for any chance of success.

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Zulika Mi-Nam

All of my best memories of this game are of the live dev occurrences. I remember once when Seraph showed up in a popular area and took on all comers.

Everyone gathered around in a circle and took turns challenging him one on one.

I think in the middle of that action some story line kicked off we ended up following him around the map to advance/experience the story. Much lag and rubber banding ensued, but it was still and awesome – you had to be there moment.

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Ironwu

Purchased the game. Played the game. It was not very good. There was a reason it died a quick and ignoble death.

A new Matrix MMO could be good. But it would take some talented story writers and developers to make it good.

Don’t think we will see that kind of investment to redo a failed MMO. Just to risky.

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Crowe

Concisely stated. I missed playing the original — my group of friends was into other things. But I would liked to have given it a shot anyway.