Welcome to the 50th Edition of Reloading...

“It’s the group sound that is important, even when you’re playing a solo.” – Oscar Peterson


Everyone can use a feel good moment to start the day.   Let’s go with this…


Blizzard has trademarked “Mists of Pandaria”. Our good man David wonders if a booze-swilling panda-monk expansion is on its way to World of Warcraft.


For those of you using PlayerScore (and you do use PlayerScore right?) Blizzard has changed the way that we retrieve information about your characters, so expect some glitches over the next few days/weeks until they sort everything out. 


With Star Wars The Old Republic, TERA and now Firefall all scheduled to release in Q4 the MMOG niche is finally getting some new blood.  No offense Rift, but you had to go it alone for a while there.    Will Sweater (SWTOR) and company be good enough to keep our interest? I certainly hope so, but just in case, here are 5 intellectual properties that should any of them come to reality, would make excellent MMORPGs.


5.  Halo

A tried and true game with plenty of lore and an iconic figurehead is a recipe for success.   The fact that it is set in space gives incredible leeway in storyline.  We could use a good MMOFPS and Halo certainly fits the bill.


4.  The Elder Scrolls

Is there anyone who has played through this series and not enjoyed it?  We would have to give up some of the graphical eye-candy to experience this as a MMOG, but I’d be willing!


3.  Malazan Book of the Fallen

Erikson’s work is perhaps second only to that of Tolkien in its epic scope.   From the Malazan marines to the T’lan Imass (undead who can move as dust), to the Elient (Dragons) to the elegant magic system this universe, built from the ground up as a role-playing game and morphing into one of the best fantasy series that you could lay your hands on this is AAA material.   The biggest problem would be deciding which races to make playable as so many of them are intriguing. 


2.  Stargate

I was desperately disappointed when Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment had to pull the plug on this project.  The universe of Stargate is literally limitless and with the ability to simply “gate” to any new area the development ideas were limitless as well.   I hope that one day, this IP finds its way back into a developer’s hands. 


1.      Warhammer 40K

The IP that most of Starcraft was lifted from.  Over 25 years of lore, love, sweat and tears have been built into this franchise.   Anyone who has played the tabletop game can tell you that the amount of background on each race and many times on individuals within the universe is staggering.    Yes, it’s is in development now, and yes my fingers are crossed that it is delivered as a quality product.  


What intellectual properties would you like to see made into MMOGs?


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Until we meet again,

John “Boomjack” Hoskin

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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016

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Dissecting and distilling the game industry since 1994. Lover of family time, youth hockey, eSports, and the game industry in general.