The Pros And Cons Of Using Intellectual Properties
Like the Star Trek Online beta or not, you can’t deny that the game has a strong IP (intellectual property) behind it. Although I’m sure some people dislike Star Trek it is, without a shadow of a doubt, massively popular and it is going to help sell the game. Still, strong IP aren’t necessarily a given for the long term success of a game and come with their own drawbacks. Let’s pretend we care and list some of the pros and cons associated with it all.
- Players get to play a game they’ve always dreamed about
- The game world is familiar to players
- The IP comes with an already established fanbase
- The developers/designers have a clear path and establish boundaries for the game
- A well-known IP helps hype the game and fuel initial sales
- Fanbois will love it
- Players realise the game will never be as good as they imagined
- The game world is boring to players
- The IP license is exceedingly expensive
- The developers/designers are restricted in their vision and concepts
- A well-known IP is no guarantee for long term success or good reviews
- Fanbois will hate it
Can you think of anything else?
Oddly enough, even though it would seem like a well-known IP would be an in-the-bag winner and guaranteed success story, the history of such MMORPGs hasn’t been very good. In fact, it’s been downright abysmal. If we agree that Warcraft wasn’t all that well known when WoW came out, the more attractive and well-established IPs (such as Star Wars, Matrix, Conan and Warhammer) haven’t had nearly the success that the developers anticipated. Aside from Lord of the Rings, it’s been the ‘unknown’ licenses that have really cracked the industry.
Maybe this goes to show that there are more cons than pros associated with using a IP in a MMORPG or, more likely, it just goes to show that it guarantees nothing other than an initial hype boost and that the main success still depends on core game play more than anything else.
P.S. If you guessed that this entire article was an excuse just to post this awesome family photo then you were absolutely 100% correct.