Okay, okay. I can hear the wailing and the gnashing of teeth already. But hear me out!
The following is not an idea that I'm presenting or anything; it is just a collection of stray thoughts regarding this topic, to get the discussion started. I haven't spent any considerable time on any of these points - although I have been wishing for an online game set in this universe for a while.
The Secret World is probably inspired by TLJ to some degree, but I feel like there is room for a 'real' TLJ Online Game, still.
- Picture an MMORPG without raids, dungeons, PvP, gear treadmills, and all of the things you don't want to associate with this franchise.
- Instead, imagine an online game about adventure, exploration, story, and people. Let's call it an MMOAG instead (Massively Multiplayer Online Adventure Game)!
- Remember all those strange, exotic, and wonderful places you've heard about in TLJ, DF, or CH? The Southlands? Ayrede? The Border Mountains? SPACE? Remember Alais? This would be the game for those locations and all of their quirky inhabitants, where they are allowed to shine at long last.
- A persistent online game needs things for you to do to stay appealing; tangible ways to spend your time. There can be character-progression just like in other MMORPGs, only it doesn't have to use the same old model. Instead of gaining "Strength" or "Dexterity" to use with your "Ancient Chain-mail of the Toxic Tears of Doom", you could gain speech-craft, mercantile prowess, cartography skills, astronomic knowledge, lore-mastery, seamanship, attunement with the Balance and so on.
- The game could see regular content patches, like Guild Wars 2's "living world", where new pieces of a story are patched in every few weeks. This ensures there is always new lore to enjoy, even when you've seen it all.
- At character-creation, players could choose between Stark and Arcadia, and then between one of the humanoid races present on each world. Unique starting-experiences could lead into a great journey, in the midst of which you'll perform your very first Shift!
- There also needs to be a point to the game; something we strive towards achieving in the long run, which connects all the little stories into one meta-narrative. Perhaps a war on Chaos? Maybe this takes place during the Divide? Or is it perhaps the great story of the re-unification of the worlds?
Anyhow, feel free to vote in the poll and speak your mind on the issue of a TLJ Online game, regardless of the genre.