Penny-Arcade had an interesting stip wednesday about an ultimate game that would combine the best elements of the Old republic, Tera and Guild wars 2. You can agree of disagree with the assessments but you have to acknowledge that reading the various reports on the three games, each seem to have a distinct feature that the others lack. Swtor has story, Tera has gameplay and Guild wars 2 got a living world. PA simply asks, what if a game came along and combined all three?
I’ve been mulling this in my head for a while and I think WoW was that game not so long ago. When it realesed in 2004, it was the pinnacle of gameplay, story and living world. It aged, and by today standards it isn’t the pinnacle of MMOrpg design but for a while, it was.
I know the obvious solution seems to be to do exactly what PA proposes and create a sort of super game combining all the best features of the MMOs we know but I can’t shake the feeling that it’s not that simple. Not only would it cost a fortune to make and take forever to see the light of day but it’s also very likely that by the time it sees the light of day chances are high that gamer tastes will have changed.
I’m trying to finish this post with something smart but I just can’t right now. All the solutions I come up with seems to have some huge gaping hole in them. So.. if you guys feel smart, feel free to add in your solution in the comments.