The Daily Grind: Are there IPs you still want to see in MMO form despite failed projects?

    
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My bitterness toward Jagex is entirely down to how the company handled its license to make a Transformers online game. Transformers Universe was first announced as an MMO set in one of the fictional universes for this property that I have a deep and inexplicable love for. Then it wasn’t an MMO any more but a MOBA, and then it wasn’t anything at all because no one cared and it shut down without ever leaving beta. There have been a couple of other abortive attempts to bring the franchise into online spaces that have generally been rather bland shooters or the equivalent, too. It disappoints me.

This is possibly silly (read: definitely silly), but I think everyone has an IP or two that was supposed to be in development and then kind of sputtered out or never made it to market in the form we wanted. I’m sure there are still people out there excited about the prospect of an actual Magic: the Gathering MMO (no, not Magic: Legends, obviously), or a Stargate title, or one of the dozens of Firefly adaptations promised over the years… you get the idea. So are there IPs you still want to see in MMO form despite failed projects?

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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AGx-07_162

I can’t think of any that I want that have “failed projects” but for me, Dark Souls (or Bloodborne), PVP and all. Great setting, terrific gameplay, quality narrative. Done the right way I think it could work.

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jimthomasUS

Rise of Legends.

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Freddy

DCUO but Marvel.

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Leiloni

I’m surprised nobody said Dragon Age!

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cat4hurricane

Give Secret World to someone else, literally anyone else.

I’d kill for a DnD MMO that isn’t DDO, it’s old and if you try to play it without having played it before then trying to get everything is like impossible. An IP that you could use there could be Critical Role, or maybe just make a new world for the game entirely. From what i’ve seen, the Dark Alliance game that’s coming out soon is the closest to that MMORPG feeling.

I’d still kill for a proper Marvel MMORPG, something where you can make your own marvel character and not just a version of a known character. Future Revolution has been scratching that itch for now, but i’d love one still. The old Avengers Academy game I’ve found scratched the itch before, but TinyCo destroyed that.

A Harry Potter MMORPG, particularly one that JKR has nothing to do with and gets no money from. It’s chockfull of great MMO options and has a great story line, I know single player games are coming out for that property but I’d love to play it with friends and online.

A proper Disney Parks MMORPG, Disney Infinity came close and Disney Magic Kingdoms comes close, but Disney has so many of their own IP to use that i’m shocked they haven’t jumped on something online after the failure of Toontown. Let us mess around in their parks, in their IPs world, Kingdom Hearts is the closest we can get to that and it’s not even an MMORPG. Why not bank on your own IP with a proper MMO and a completely new story line, anything Disney does has people throwing money at them anyway.

A proper Game of Thrones MMORPG with a completely new story, none of those phone games mechanics, a proper MMORPG could be amazing under the right company.

While the walking dead already has games a plenty, I think The Last of Us could be a great MMORPG, especially since the Horror side of the Genre is pretty dead with the Secret World pretty much dead on the ground. If the entire United States is filled with infected, that leaves entire areas that we can explore if they would just let us, especially if the virus is global as opposed to just locked to the Americas. Fighting factions, trying to save humanity, making settlements, creating a cure? I don’t know about any of you, but that sounds like a really great MMORPG story if Naughty Dog wanted to go there.

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T h e n o n y m o u s

Not every IP needs, or even should be, an MMO.

New Secret World? sure.

New DnD MMO? sure.

Marvel MMO? Not my cup of tea but enough people enjoy DCUO and CoH, and Marvel itself is big enough where I can see it doing well enough.

Harry Potter MMO? Big nope. Nothing about the setting screams MMO. If it’s all about Hogwarts and houses, then it’s going to be a ridiculously small world (literally a single school) where everyone plays a child and anything like combat is relegated to dueling with minor spells. If it’s about the wider world at large, then…what’s the game? Despite the magic, they’re a modern society so it’s not like wizards and witches just run around fighting in the streets or hunting down Dragons which are considered endangered species lol. Wanna set it during the war? Okay…so you’re either a good guy or a magic nazi…yeah, I see that working out super well lol. Harry Potter is almost by design destined to be a small scale story focusing on very specific people and events.

Disney Parks MMO? Uh…what? I honestly don’t even understand what this is supposed to be, like “Disney World…THE MMO!”? A generic Disney MMO might work as some stupid web thing for kids, but I can’t see a world where there’s even a remotely playable big market MMO in there. (even Kingdom Hearts only works because it’s more JRPG with Disney characters than Disney game).

Game of Thrones MMO? Again, that’s a no from me dawg. Is it a cool world? sure, but from an MMO point of view, where’s the game? The entire draw of ASOIAF is the political drama, that’s not something that translates well to an MMO. There’s also the fact that magic is pretty much non-existent and even when things like Dragons were around they were still rare and only one society ever knew how to control them. At most I can see a multiplayer game (MMO-lite) where you’re calling the shots for a house or whatever with a handful of other people sharing the same world, outside of that it’s going to be too niche to succeed.

Walking Dead/Last of Us/Generic Zombie MMO? Yeah…there’s a reason those games have never succeeded before. Without a specific story it’s just an asshole PVP gankfest survival game, and with a story it’s not an MMO.

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AGx-07_162

Lot of negativity there. Do you like anything?

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T h e n o n y m o u s

Pointing out that an IP wouldn’t be a good fit for an MMO is hardly “negativity” …unless you personally have a very specific, and very incorrect, definition of that.

Just because you like two things doesn’t mean they automatically work together. I like Coke, I like pickles…I sure as hell don’t want a pickle Coke though lol.

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AGx-07_162

I kind of do. Rather than writing your own comment with your own thoughts you replied to someone else with the almost sole purpose of shooting down his (just for fun) ideas. You contributed nothing positive to the discussion. What are your ideas for games that could make good MMOs? I won’t s*** all over them but I could. But what good would that do?

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T h e n o n y m o u s

You didn’t have to comment on mine, your comment contributed absolutely nothing, and yet you don’t find the irony in saying that to me…ok buddy lol.

I didn’t just comment with a bunch of random ideas because I don’t really see the point in it, especially when either plenty of other people have already brought up the obvious ones or the things I’d want to see the most haven’t already failed and don’t really fit the question being asked.

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Give Secret Wotld to someone that gives a damn.

Give Marvel MMO to someone who won’t squander it. An active mmo/rpg with a new tv show or movie tie – in every other month would have emptied my wallet.

Give all the closed EQ efforts to someone who can execute a strategy.

Give Wildstar to the fans to run. The few that remained were pretty passionate about the game

Finally – something with cowboys, zombies and space aliens. Set it in pre Civil War American West with some early steampunk and Robo-Abe Lincoln and I’m good.

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Rolan Storm

“Give Secret World to someone that gives a damn.”

so. much. yes. world and story has so much to offer…

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D Clark

Asheron’s ReCall. Set a couple thousand years after AC1 with modern graphics and QOL improvements. Keep the sky, though, that was the most gorgeous sky in gaming.

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Jetra_Virsai

I know I’m late to this one, but was busy.

Anyway, .Hack// (dot hack) because, as generic as it is, there was something interesting about different hub worlds and making keywords to travel. SkySaga had a similar worldgen system until like alpha 3 or 4.

Shame that game also died…..I really miss SkySaga, it was too pure for the community.

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T h e n o n y m o u s

I’ve been dying for “The World” for over 20 years now lol.

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Brazen Bondar

Just back from work so late to the party. I would like to see a Star Wars game that is about the other folks in the universe…like the Night Sisters or how about the gray Jedi who aren’t so zipped so tightly into that light vs. dark dichotomy…something more interesting than just Sith and Jedi.
I would play a Stargate game. And of course I agree totally with Dune, but not the mess that Funcom is going to vomit up.
Any sci-fi fan worth their salt would love to see Firefly done well.

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Utakata

*Pigtails still holding out for a Rozen Maiden MMO*

…and /desu!