Have you ever played a video game and thought, "Man, this would make a
great MMOG?" The releases of several first rate RPGs recently got me to
thinking about the prospects, so I decided to sit down and pick out
five single-player IPs (intellectual properties) that would make kick
5. Resident Evil
I know what you're thinking: "Umm, how the hell would you make Resident Evil into an MMOG?" The answer is quite easily. Just give us a world overrun by zombies and other nasty ghouls whilst the players simply try to survive. The world needs a survival horror MMOG.
The IP is already well fleshed out, with enough mainstream crossover via the movies, that most gamers at least know what Resident Evil is about. With Resident Evil, you already have evil corporations, their goons, zombies, survivors fighting over resources, more zombies, and horribly mutated zombies. What more do you need? Give us a game that truly scares us. Make us scream and not want to turn out the lights when we go to bed. Resident Evil, along with many other notable single player games, has done this. Let us share the joy or adrenaline pumping fear with a few thousand of our closest friends. Give us a game that not only lets us kill zombies, but puts that childhood fear of the dark back into us.
Mass Effect is one hot IP right now. BioWare has shown that they can give us something totally new in science fiction that is as deep and robust as any established IP in existence. There are far too few science fiction MMOGs on the market today, and this IP is ready to port!
With two games already under their belt, BioWare has already fleshed out many worlds and races for us to play and explore, and they contain a wealth of background and lore that could easily serve as the basis for an online game. The game already has a common enemy for all the different factions and plenty of reasons to fight each other. I have played many single player games and MMOGs and rarely has it been so obvious that a game could be ported over to a new genre. Mass Effect is a no-brainer, and it would be a cash cow for BioWare.
Talk about your no-brainers! Giant Mechs wielding plasma cannons, heavy lasers, and jump jets are the stuff of any geek’s fantasies. How could this fail? How in the world have we gone 15 years and not realized this IP has to be made into an MMOG? Not only do you have the video game to go on, but the 30 years of material made for the table top game. Imagine becoming a member of the Gray Death Legion or being a part of Clan Ghost Bear. Every mech-loving gamer in the world would be playing this nonstop.
The MechWarrior IP is already set up perfectly for PvP, as well. You have various Houses and clans battling each other all over the universe in 50 foot tall giant robots. Can anyone who has ever played MechWarrior tell me that they never wished to be able to play against thousands of other players?
Guilds fit in perfectly into this IP in that every different guild would act as a mercenary company or their own clan. I’m getting goose bumps just thinking about it. This game would have no competition. Talk about a great niche to own; you won’t have any worries about losing subscribers when there is no one else offers what you have...50 foot tall Mechs!
2. Dragon Age
I can't believe I find myself saying it, but yes, Dragon Age. I would have sworn that we’ve had enough fantasy-based MMOGs to last ten life times. In general, I believe that we need to push for diversity and to encourage companies to break from the norm and give us something different. Well, Dragon Age is different.
For a new IP, this one is already well developed and full of life. You already have multiple races and classes that are fleshed out extremely well. It’s also nice to see a world where elves don’t rule everything, and where there are actually bad people (not monsters) who are tremendous foes. When I played the single player game, I found myself constantly wanting to be able to play it with my friends. Dragon Age is a fun, gritty, and mature RPG that takes the same old tired fantasy settings and puts a new shine on them. I defy anyone to play this game and not want to log in with their friends to take down the Brood Mother.
Love them or hate them, Blizzard has created the king of MMOGs in World of Warcraft. You simply can't argue with their success. It seems anything they touch turns to gold, and they have one hell of an IP in StarCraft. Why they haven’t converted this IP into an MMOG, I don’t know. Just imagine how many Koreans alone would play this game? They already have multiple TV channels dedicated to StarCraft, so how much impact would a fully fledged MMOG have? One word, seismic!
With StarCraft, you already have three factions, so PvP is very easy to implement. Three solid and totally different play styles means that players will likely want to play several different characters in different factions. PvP could work in a manner like Dark Age of Camelot, a MMOG with three factions that made it arguably the best PvP MMOG on the market. Can you imagine if Blizzard gave us the beauty that is StarCraft in an MMOG? I mean, the game that invented the term "zerg" could allow you to actually play a Zerg. Who could say no to that?
These are but five of the many great single-player IPs that would make great MMOGs. In a genre that has been recently lacking innovation, we need to encourage game companies with proven track records to step up and give us the next great MMOG. I believe any of these IPs could accomplish just that. They have already proven they can make great games, now let’s have them show us they can make great games we can play with 2000 of our closest friends.
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