Oh my… A Game of Thrones MMO
Well, colour me pleasantly surprised. A few days ago, via Rock, Paper Shotgun, I found out that developer Bigpoint are releasing a free-2-play MMO based on the Game of Thrones IP. I’m actually feeling surprisingly giddy about it.
Of course, it’s still early days and there’s absolutely no information on the official web site about the game but then that’s to be expected considering it likely won’t be out for another three years. Still, one can dream. Here’s hoping it’s less WoW-like and a little more EVE-like, focusing on political intrigue, deception and general backstabbery rather than leveling up and quest grinding. Fingers crossed for a sandbox type model too but, hell, that’s unlikely, so I’d just settle for something a little different from the norm.
The big question one has to ask though is will the Game of Thrones franchise still be as popular when the MMO comes out as it is today? Or will end up being another Matrix Online and miss the hype-train completely? I suppose considering George R. R. Martin still has a few books to publish (I imagine he’s just increased the saga by a few tomes now that it’s dramatically picked up in popularly) and the TV series could run for a few years to come as a result, it’s likely that interest will still be high for some time. Still, timing is everything for IP based MMOs, a bad combination given the length of development they require.
I’m also incredibly curious as to how the game mechanics will play out. Will there be classes? Races? Magic? Perma-death? Now that would be interesting and quite apt given the how easily Martin disposes of main characters. Some nudity à la Age of Conan wouldn’t be out of place either, especially considering you can barely what a television episode without seeing tits and bums flying everywhere. We actually have big arguments in the office over the immersion factor all the sex in the show either brings or breaks, my stance being that everyone in the fantasy era was just horny as hell with nothing better to do. Plus, I’m pretty sure HBO has aspirations to be soft porn company.
Anyway, a Game of Thrones MMO? Yes please. Now just give me a Wheel of Time one too and I’ll be a happy chappy.