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Originally posted by bcbully Early American Themed sandbox. Settlers, Natives, Explorers, Colonials etc... Player created tribes, city states, frontiers, etc.. Open world building, work to survive, civil FFA world.
Oh the politically correct await this effort! This will be the new GTA for people to beat their breasts and tear their beards over. Video Game corruption of the World Citizen for 500 Alex.
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Originally posted by aspekx Originally posted by maplestone Originally posted by Metanol Already established lore means nice things. It means that we, players, can explore a setting what we love personally, by playing. Pre-established lore feels like it has a meaning, pre-established countries, history and major events. It gives the devs time to do something else than sit on their asses, thinking "Loool, lets just add dragons and mummies and pandas fighting orcs."
Pre-established lore quickly becomes a straight-jacket because you can't let the world evolve naturally, can't let players actually affect the course of history because you have to stay within the established IP.
You also have to end up building very artifical dynamics fior your world since the lore is telling you the outcome of the world's ecology, economics and politics in advance, rather than letting it emerge from a set of simulations.
( that said, there exists a niche for themeparks that walk you through lore and yes, right now they dominate the landscape. They will probably always exist because they are pretty reliable, measurable investments - you can predict the costs of generating content and run metrics on how fast people consume each zone and become impatient. It makes for a very manageable business ... and in that context, you're basically just taking more-or-less the same game and slapping on new skins of IP, so sure, it becomes just another way to present iconic stories as interactive walkthroughs )
this is exactly my point.
secondly, as for magic, all i did was present my feelings on it, not a dogmatic statement. i wouldn't see the point. if you actually know what the middle ages were like for the average person ... might make an interesting crafting game, or farming game. we could all play: avoid starvation in winter and malnutrition that drives the player to an early death? or dodge the plague? if you mean intrigue or power struggles that will be in the hierarchy, not with the average person. do you really want 3000 people on a server who are lords and ladies of ... whatever?
kidding aside, i would be interested in what the medievalists would want to do in a realistic medieval setting where most of life for the average person centered around raising and gathering enough food to survive. yes there were merchants and tradesfolk. but you didn't need 5 blacksmiths in a village. i dont mean to imply that the people of that time had no joy, or feasts, or enjoyment in life. i just think what they gained from life doesn't translate well into entertainment in this medium.
Nothing wrong with just being knights, mercs, assasins, archers, soldiers etc. I would love a game with grizzly melee without magic and magical beings.
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Oh also would like to see Kingdoms of Amalur finally get a MMO, looks likely after the November auction. The world and setting were great.
From fiction, I would like to see the world from the Spirit Gate universe get translated over to a MMO. Playing as a reeve and flying around on a giant eagle helping the commonfolk would be good fun.
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Game O' Thrones. I'd happily throw money at a subscription for a well-made game with this IP. I also really want to see a well-done apocalyptic MMO.
(Dear FOX ... you could make much money here, come on.... see the carrot...)
I'd like to see a modern or ultra modern setup like the Matrix with vampires and spells and stuff. All of it wrapped up into a 'current setting.'
With over-the-shoulder cam and PVP and Crafting from PVP.
Become a Dragon. Take your world back.
Originally posted by Vermillion_Raventhal Originally posted by aspekx Originally posted by maplestone Originally posted by Metanol Already established lore means nice things. It means that we, players, can explore a setting what we love personally, by playing. Pre-established lore feels like it has a meaning, pre-established countries, history and major events. It gives the devs time to do something else than sit on their asses, thinking "Loool, lets just add dragons and mummies and pandas fighting orcs."
i appreciate what you're saying, what threw me off was that while this seems cool to me as well, its most certainly not a 'realistic' setting. the middle ages didnt have assassin's creed types running all over europe and the middle east; mercenaries were typically hired from another lord or other person of prestige with vassals, they weren't free wandering ronin really; knights were not typically counted in the thousands, except by a king perhaps, and even then they were typically more subject to their local lord and stayed put geographically speaking for the most part.
the setting you are describing could work and could be terrific fun, especially with a solid crafting and building sandbox element. it just wouldn't be realistic in the historical sense. so perhaps freeing it from fantasy would also include freeing it from historicity. an alternate history or alternate earth type of deal.
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Cthulhupunk. The only game we've really had (that I'm aware of) with a similar setting was Hellgate: London. Really fun game too, shame it was ruined by poor business decisions by Roper & his gang of idiots.
Ancient, unspeakable, sanity draining horrors + futuristic weapons & cybertechnology? Yes please!
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OMFG X-FILES MMO !!!
Any real world UFO/Alien type of investigation MMO
Anything but an existing IP. It never ends well if someone can pull the plug on your world when they are no longer happy with their royalty checks.
"The Victorian/Wild West setting, but add in Lovecraft."
I like this idea, but make it alternate world steam punk. Could do almost a Secret World goes back in time to an alternate history. Add in a little Journey to the center of the World as well.
Another interesting possibility would a 1920s/30s art deco modern industrial struggle against fascism alternate history with a some "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow", some of "The Rocketeer" the and a little bit of "Indiana Jones" as inspiration.
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Originally posted by Gardavsshade FireFly (Dear FOX ... you could make much money here, come on.... see the carrot...)
They are making a FireFly MMOG but it will only be on mobile devices.
My pick is what I always answer when this thread pops up, An Old West MMORPG is way overdue.
I only want to see it though if it is a full sandbox game. Maybe have one starting town but everything else in the world is built by the players.