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New MMORPG Concepts

Posted on: April 6, 2009

It seems like even though a lot of new free MMORPGs and MMOs are being released every month, none of them really feel unique. Except of course for a few exceptions like MLB Dugout Heroes and Dungeon Party there really aren’t any games that are pushing the ‘innovation’ bar up any higher. What I’d like to see developers work on is new ideas rather than just rehashing old ones and releasing them as new games. I mean come on, how many generic fantasy MMORPGs do we need? There are literally almost 40 of them already! Here are some concepts I’d love to see developed in an MMORPG / MMO

Post Apocalyptic MMORPG

There have been countless movies and games about a post apocalyptic world but no MMORPGs? What’s up with that? I’m not saying the idea itself is unique, but an MMORPG set in a post apocalyptic world would certainly be interesting, as it would likely be set in the future which in and of itself is pretty unique considering there are only a handful of sci-fi MMORPGs out there.

Swimming MMO

They have a baseball MMO (MLB Dugout Heroes), a Tennis MMO (Fantasy Tennis), a golfing MMO (Shot Online), a Soccer MMO (Kicks Online) and even a Track MMO (Tales Runner) but not a single swimming MMO! I mean come on! There are already boat loads of racing games out there, so why developers keep releasing racing MMOs rather than something unique like a swimming MMO is beyond me.

Zombie Shooter MMO

The world of MMOFPS games are rapidly growing, but unfortunately almost all MMOFPS games today can fall under the sub genre of ‘tactical shooter’, which in layman terms means ‘counter strike’ clone. Come on, with the popularity of valve’s Left 4 Dead, I’m surprised that no MMO developer has pushed for a Zombie Shoot em up MMO. The game can be room based or even level based sort of like Lunia where each level gets progressively harder. The game would have MMO elements like ‘Who can stay alive the longest’ while rewarding the winners with bonus XP and money which can be used in the game’s store to purchase better weapons. This is just off the top of my head, so the idea isn’t exactly refined, but i’m confident that a Zombie Shoot-em-up MMO could do well if its done right.

Well there you have it, here are three decent ideas that no MMORPG / MMO developer has yet to explore. Instead of churning out new ideas, most companies are giving us gamers more of the same stuff over and over again. I’m not saying ‘Fantasy MMORPGs’ are bad, but I am saying that i’m a bit tired of them and would rather see some innovation.

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