Since there seems to be a certain quiteness in the mmorpg world I thought I would look at the trend of devleoping mmorpgs based on well known IP’s. We currently have Warhammer, Age Of Conan, Stargate, Star Trek on the horizon and the recent release of Lord of the Rings what IP is next …?
There certainly seems to be a slight trend in jumping on to the IP wagon and It does have plenty of merits, well known environments that people can instantly relate to, no need to build up an extensive world background, and an inbuilt audience. However is there room for more ?
I say yes, however is the mmorpg genre able to attract those who dont usually play mmoprg’s based on the an IP’s name alone. Again I say yes, just take a look at Lotro and its sucess, although no hard numbers have been release, there is a large proportion of ‘newbies’ to the mmorpg genre. Just based on those I have met in game. However I feel there is going to be a cap on the number that are willing, or able to play them for a long period of time. So choosing a big name IP is probably the way to go to generate enough hype to build an audience.
Now saying that, I thought I would ask readers what IP would you choose if given the choice of designing a mmorpg based on an already established IP.
I personally would love to see a mmorpg based on Michael Moorcock works … Elric or Hawkmoon. I would think of the two, Harkmoon would be a great choice. It may be a more niche game but it has a more unique feel to it, that is to say less generic fantasy and yet still having his toes in that genre …
What do you think ?
As a side note due to excessive work load this week and next week there wont be many posts by me, however regular services will resume in August …