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What Setting/Lore would you like to see in a MMORPG?

Vermillion_RaventhalVermillion_Raventhal Oxon Hill, MDPosts: 1,147Member Uncommon

For me personally I would have to say that #1 is a Western.  It seems like it needs to be done.  Red Dead Redemption really makes the fact that this hasn't be done sad. 

 

  1. Western:  Red Dead Redemption style.
  2. Post Apocalypse Fantasy:  A world setting where a technologically advanced civ based on magic goes backwards due to cataclysmic event.  Mix of low magic tech and traditional fantasy.
  3. Steampunk
  4. Modern Fantasy
  5. Grimy Dark Ages with no magic
 
 
I would say those are my top 5 right now.  
 
EDIT:  Forgot an exploration game one huge server world with a lot of focus on trade, travel, resources and exploration.   A sandbox like discovering the "New World."
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  • CalerxesCalerxes LondonPosts: 1,630Member Uncommon

    Warhammer Fantasy done properly.

    Steam Punk like the Warmahordes setting Iron Kingdoms.

    American Wild West.

    Any futuristic Sci-Fi, a mixture of Philip K Dick, Terminator, Robocop etc..  I saw Blade Runner again the other night and the atmosphere still draws me in after 34 years

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  • QuirhidQuirhid TamperePosts: 5,969Member Common
    • Warhammer 40k as an MMORTS with each player controlling a squad
    • An MMORPG set in the Age of Sail
    • A Shadowrun CORPG
    • Spaceship Sci-fi MMORPG where mankind has not yet left the solar system - no aliens

     

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  • AlBQuirkyAlBQuirky Sioux City, IAPosts: 3,828Member

    Like you mentioned, I'd like to see how a mid 1800's American Western MMO would do. I am not sure I would play it, as I see it being heavily PvP oriented, but it could be cool! Line up with other players as Oklahoma is opened up for settling. Grab a plot of land "sooner" than the next player and start homesteading. Gunfights would abound. Become part of community to survive. Ride (or rob) trains between major cities.

    I smile when I suggest this, but it could be interesting: CAVEMAN MMO! No tech. Be the player who invents fire! Or the wheel! Band together to take down Wooly Mammoths and Sabre Tooth Tigers for furs and food. Bonk other cavemen (and cavewomen) over the head with big clubs :)

    A medieval time period MMO with a fully functional feudal society. Castle life and battles would reign here. Be a farmer that runs inside the castle when another lord attacks. Be a huntsman for a lord to patrol the woods and forests. Play politics.

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  • QuesaQuesa Sacramento, CAPosts: 1,246Member
    I personally like SciFi but Fantasy seems to work better for MMORPG's.
  • maxima29maxima29 iowa, IAPosts: 203Member
    Dragonlance would make a great MMO.
  • nariusseldonnariusseldon santa clara, CAPosts: 22,441Member
    Originally posted by Quirhid
    • Warhammer 40k as an MMORTS with each player controlling a squad
    • An MMORPG set in the Age of Sail
    • A Shadowrun CORPG
    • Spaceship Sci-fi MMORPG where mankind has not yet left the solar system - no aliens

     

    I am playing Shadowrun Returns on the iOS. Great game. However, i don't see the need to make it into a MMORPG.

     

  • KertKert Hinton, ABPosts: 69Member
    I'd like to see a Roman Empire timeline, just without the fantastical crap of "Gods and Heroes" type.
    The other under/un used IP would be highlander... Immortals... Not sure how the game would work PvP but it'd be cool.
    Or as another person suggested... Wild West setting, settling the North American frontier, dealing with bandits, etc...
  • BrueskieBrueskie London, KYPosts: 42Member Uncommon

    A modern metropolis, where you can be a cop, drug dealer, thief, fireman, street vendor etc. All the buildings would be fully realized—no zones and all rooms can be entered. How would the gameplay work? Hell, I dunno.

  • MorrokMorrok MunichPosts: 130Member

    IIRC this was asked only like two months ago or so, and as then my answer would be:

    Sci-Fi, definitely.
    B5 or Star Trek (not the crap they gave us with STO, but some true 3D "open world" universe).
    Buck Rogers (the 80's TV series).
    Shadowrun would be nice but atm i can't see it being implemented in a working way.
    (unless it were missing core "features" like STO does)

    But more important than the setting are the game's features imo.

  • Neo_ViperNeo_Viper NotyourbusinessPosts: 598Member

    - The Young Kingdoms from the Elric of Menilbone / Stormbringer books from Michael Moorcock.

    - Westeros/Essos/Sothoros from A Song of Fire and Ice.

    - A Dune (Frank Herbert) based MMORPG.

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  • DavisFlightDavisFlight Talahasee, FLPosts: 2,556Member

    Real life.

     

    No really. High fantasy is well over done. I'd rather have settings that mimic real life. There's something so much more thrilling about MMOs that have locations and characters that reference people that are either real, or were once believed to be real.

    I am, as always, using DAoC as an example. Having places like Stonehenge, named Roman legions, Arthurian characters, added a realism to the game that other fantasy games did not have. It grounded it in a kind of reality. It also allowed the devs to use realistic armor and weapons, which further added to the atmosphere.

     

    Another MMO called Roma Victor did something similar, but with absolutely NO mythology or magic. They modeled the world after ancient Britain, and styled everything accordingly. Running through a real forest following a real river to get to a real ancient fort... wow. Amazing feeling.

     

    I would love to see an MMO set in Greece, or Egypt, using that Mythology, but not in an over the top way.

  • MendelMendel Marietta, GAPosts: 931Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Morrok

    IIRC this was asked only like two months ago or so, and as then my answer would be:

    Sci-Fi, definitely.
    B5 or Star Trek (not the crap they gave us with STO, but some true 3D "open world" universe).
    Buck Rogers (the 80's TV series).
    Shadowrun would be nice but atm i can't see it being implemented in a working way.
    (unless it were missing core "features" like STO does)

    But more important than the setting are the game's features imo.

    I'd second the call for a Babylon 5 setting.   I've got my 'Fah' hotkey all ready programmed.

    I'd be a lot more leery of a Buck Rogers setting, as the 80s version would almost have to have a Gary Coleman appearance.  I'd go with Flash Gordon instead (either the 1936 serial or the 1980 film or the comic strip especially the early years 1934-40).

    For myself, I'd love to see a version of Larry Niven's Ringworld made into an MMORPG.   Even a pre-Ringworld setting in Known Space would be wonderful.

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  • Neo_ViperNeo_Viper NotyourbusinessPosts: 598Member
    Originally posted by DavisFlight

    Real life.

     

    No really. High fantasy is well over done. I'd rather have settings that mimic real life. There's something so much more thrilling about MMOs that have locations and characters that reference people that are either real, or were once believed to be real.

    I am, as always, using DAoC as an example. Having places like Stonehenge, named Roman legions, Arthurian characters, added a realism to the game that other fantasy games did not have. It grounded it in a kind of reality. It also allowed the devs to use realistic armor and weapons, which further added to the atmosphere.

     

    Another MMO called Roma Victor did something similar, but with absolutely NO mythology or magic. They modeled the world after ancient Britain, and styled everything accordingly. Running through a real forest following a real river to get to a real ancient fort... wow. Amazing feeling.

     

    I would love to see an MMO set in Greece, or Egypt, using that Mythology, but not in an over the top way.

    The Crusades (holy land) would be a nice setting too, but I'm afraid it won't happen since no developer will dare hurting those precious religious zealot feelings many people still have nowadays.

    Another nice setting would be England at the time of Robin Hood, with all the factions it would be a base for good, meaningful PvP I think.

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  • RoguewizRoguewiz Lampasas, TXPosts: 614Member Uncommon

    Shadowrun

    Nuff said.

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  • OxiplegatzOxiplegatz OsloPosts: 4Member Uncommon
    Dune would be cool
  • evilastroevilastro EdinburghPosts: 4,270Member
    Westeros in the Age of Heroes. Back when the children of the forest and magic were around.
  • TheLizardbonesTheLizardbones Arkham, VAPosts: 10,910Member

    These threads pop up periodically, and my answers are always the same.

    Turn of the century America, inspired or based off of H.P. Lovecraft's work and some historical knowledge of the time, possibly including WWI.

    Victorian/Wild West Steam Punk, including both frontier settings and urban settings.

    The Victorian/Wild West setting, but add in Lovecraft.

    Something similar to, or based on Hugh Howey's Silo series of books. Though, this might be better suited to a single player or multiplayer game.

    Michelle Sagara's Chronicles of Elantra series of novels. The main city setting seems ideally suited to some sort of RPG or MMORPG.

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  • DavisFlightDavisFlight Talahasee, FLPosts: 2,556Member
    Originally posted by lizardbones

    These threads pop up periodically, and my answers are always the same.

    Turn of the century America, inspired or based off of H.P. Lovecraft's work and some historical knowledge of the time, possibly including WWI.

    Victorian/Wild West Steam Punk, including both frontier settings and urban settings.

    The Victorian/Wild West setting, but add in Lovecraft.

    Something similar to, or based on Hugh Howey's Silo series of books. Though, this might be better suited to a single player or multiplayer game.

    Michelle Sagara's Chronicles of Elantra series of novels. The main city setting seems ideally suited to some sort of RPG or MMORPG.

    Closest to any of that on the market right now is Salem, and its an aamzing game.

  • MetanolMetanol Posts: 247Member Uncommon

    First and foremost: The Witcher -setting. Just don't let players actually be witchers or have their powers.

    Second: Forgotten Realms. Old Forgotten Realms, Faerûn, not this 4th edition Spellplague crap and so on.

    Third: Ashan. The new setting of Might & Magic series, presented in the style of Dark Messiah.

    Fourth: Iron age europe. Fall of Rome and all that. Celts, saxons, Englaland - barbarian love.

    Fifth: As Quirhid above said, Warhammer. But only with every player having their own squad. Wether that squad would be controlled from third person or traditional RTS style, it dosn't matter. Fantasy or 40k? Both work.

    Sixth: Proper LOTR adaptation. None of this Turbine stuff. Any age works.

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  • Neo_ViperNeo_Viper NotyourbusinessPosts: 598Member
    Originally posted by Metanol

    Fourth: Iron age europe. Fall of Rome and all that. Celts, saxons, Englaland - barbarian love.

    Picts! (thinks movie "Centurion"). Bloody slaugher! Yay!

    Actually, a MMORPG based on a mix of "Centurion" and "King Arthur" (two badly underrated movies, sadly) would definitely be very interesting. Both happen around the "Hadrian's Wall".

    Sixth: Proper LOTR adaptation. None of this Turbine stuff. Any age works.

    Indeed, that would be nice. When Turbine dropped "MEO" (Middle-Earth Online) to switch to "WoW clone" mode renaming the game "LOTRO" (Lord of the Rings Online), I was really, really pissed.

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  • JasonJJasonJ New Port Richey, FLPosts: 395Member

    Dragonlance during the War of the Lance would make an amazing MMO if they stuck to the stories and didn't go for the a typical PvP centered crap we end up with today that always messes with lore. Allow the players to only play the free races fighting against the over whelming dragon forces.

    For a western style MMO, The Dark Tower series would be the one to go with. Deep and has just enough magic to make it fantasy.

    Personally I would love to see an MMO take place during the age of Rome done right and kept historically accurate. Having it right around the time of the Roman civil wars right after Nero would allow players to play from virtually any nation as well as Rome giving plenty of opportunity to set up wars trying to overthrow Rome...or defend it.

  • sakersaker harrisburg, PAPosts: 993Member Uncommon


    Originally posted by Neo_Viper
    - The Young Kingdoms from the Elric of Menilbone / Stormbringer books from Michael Moorcock.- Westeros/Essos/Sothoros from A Song of Fire and Ice.- A Dune (Frank Herbert) based MMORPG.

    GOOD CHOICES!! I'd be behind those, The Elric setting would be especially great choice because you have his whole fantastic mulit-verse as expansion possibilities (I'd love some of his other settings like the Dark Empire of Granbretan, which has both magic and technology)

  • osamarosamar CastellonPosts: 54Member

    - Dark Sun

    - Steampunk (1889)

  • sakersaker harrisburg, PAPosts: 993Member Uncommon


    Originally posted by Mendel
    Originally posted by Morrok IIRC this was asked only like two months ago or so, and as then my answer would be: Sci-Fi, definitely. B5 or Star Trek (not the crap they gave us with STO, but some true 3D "open world" universe). Buck Rogers (the 80's TV series). Shadowrun would be nice but atm i can't see it being implemented in a working way. (unless it were missing core "features" like STO does) But more important than the setting are the game's features imo.
    I'd second the call for a Babylon 5 setting.   I've got my 'Fah' hotkey all ready programmed.

    I'd be a lot more leery of a Buck Rogers setting, as the 80s version would almost have to have a Gary Coleman appearance.  I'd go with Flash Gordon instead (either the 1936 serial or the 1980 film or the comic strip especially the early years 1934-40).

    For myself, I'd love to see a version of Larry Niven's Ringworld made into an MMORPG.   Even a pre-Ringworld setting in Known Space would be wonderful.


    I would love a classic (the old comics) Flash Gordon, not campy, it could be great fun. The various races of Mongo, and the technology, robots and ray-guns! (even possible magic, or magic-like technology) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongo_(planet)

  • aspekxaspekx Brandon, FLPosts: 2,167Member

    i think focusing on a specific lore, with very specific characters in it, in the end just does not work out well for devs or players of an mmo.

     

    also, why would you want to play in any medieval setting (early or late) without magic? there's a reason we don't continue to live that way when given the opportunity.

     

    however, i understand the desire to break from the high fantasy trope.

     

    im really looking forward to Cyberpunk 2077 the single player rpg. so perhaps a cyberpunk mmo would be pretty cool. it provides its own explanation as to how almost *everyone* ends up with special abilities without relying on another trope: everyone's a hero. (i found DCUOs handling of that quite good actually.)

     

    but again, as much as i loved Deus Ex, i dont think i would want to see a game based on that storyline/timeline. just create a cyberpunk world. one that lives and breathes. and then let us explore and relate to it and in it.

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