The history of Hollywood conversions into the gaming world, and vice-versa, has never really been a popular one. We've seen massive flops throughout the years but a few gems have also snuck in here and there. Today we thought we'd take a look at some of the most exciting games coming to the MMO world that are supported by Hollywood or TV franchises.
One of the first ever MMORPG games that will be launching alongside a TV series, Defiance has been developed by Trion Worlds under the watchful eye of Sy-Fy. Defiance marks the beginning of a new era in MMO gaming as players can see their actions in-game influence the TV series, and the world around them will grow with the release of every episode. It's a tall order but Trion Worlds have never been the type to avoid a challenge.
Defiance will ship with the increasingly popular buy-to-play model, the same financial model seen in Guild Wars 2, giving players the opportunity to dive into the action without any subscription fees.
Players will be able to enter the Defiance world as either an Alien or Human, with each faction offering different routes through the game and different alliances in PvP. Both sides can also expect to have access to completely unique technology, prompting players from both species to know thy enemy before entering battle.
The game boasts an open-world experience rarely seen in the MMORPG world. Players will be able to explore a huge game world with few restrictions. Compete for new technologies, take control of new areas or gain access to the most difficult fights, it's all waiting in Defiance.
Accompanying the MMO game is the TV series, offering players a depth of background story unrivaled in the MMO world. As well as the story and lore provided by the in-game quests, players can watch the TV series to learn even more about the background of the events taking place in game.
Trion Worlds have yet to confirm an official release date for the game but it is currently available to closed beta testers. Interested players can pre-order the game for $59.99 on all 3 major gaming platforms.
Game of Thrones Seven Kingdoms
Alongside The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones has become one of the most popular franchises on television. Supported by the exquisite workings of George R. R. Marin, Game of Thrones Seven Kingdoms will have access to a huge amount of background story and lore, providing players with an immersive experience unparalleled in the MMO world. Game of Thrones related media continues to grow in popularity with the release of table-top games, books and RPG titles.
Game of Thrones Seven Kingdoms will give players the opportunity to explore the harsh lands of Westeros, pledging their allegiance to the house seen in the books and TV series. Whether you choose to align yourself with the honorable Starks, mysterious Baratheon or underhanded Lannister's, you can be sure each house will provide an engaging story and a variety of unique missions.
The main appeal to the game is the PvP system, a feature which has seen barely any announcements since the original announcement of the game itself. All we know is that all 3 houses will compete in intense battles across the lands of Westeros, supporting both small and large-scale PvP duels.
Following the cruel setting that Westeros provides players can expect to engage in some truly intense PvP. Whatever house you choose to represent, you can be certain that an opponent will only ever be a few clicks away. The Baratheon, Stark and Lannister houses all fight for their own cause and goals, but it will be up to you to decide with whom you pledge your allegiance and who's goals you will help achieve. The PvP modes are varied, offering everything from personal 1 vs. 1 battles, to large-scale PvP and group events.
The most defining aspect of Game of Thrones Seven Kingdoms is the story and characters within the game. Unlike other fantasy MMORPG games that follow traditionally boring storylines and plots, Game of Thrones Seven Kingdoms players will be able to immerse themselves in a story so detailed it could quite easily be a reality. The actions of every individual is provocative, prompting the player to mentally engage with the characters they meet during their time exploring Westeros. The killing of popular characters, the death of antagonists and the betrayal of a friend, these kind of events are common in the Game of Thrones lore, ensuring that players will never meet a dead moment.
The Hobbit: Armies Of The Third Age
Arguably one of the most successful franchises in fantasy history. Lord of the Rings has created almost as much success in gaming as it has in cinema. Spawning several console titles and an MMORPG in the form of Lord of the Rings Online, the works of J R R Tolkien are the perfect recipe to immerse yourself in a fantasy world.
The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age is the first browser-based MMORTS game based on the famous Lord of the Rings franchise. Players will be thrown into the eternal conflict that surrounds the Third Age of Middle Earth. If you feel regular MMORTS games that offer the same generic fantasy setting are getting a little old, The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age will provide you with the fresh scene that you've been craving for.
Meet and play alongside some of the most iconic characters from the world of Lord of the Rings. Recruit and battle with Gandalf, Legolas, Aragorn, Gimli and many, many more. Raise them as your heroes, command vast armies with authentic Lord of the Rings units and allies.
There's plenty of MMO games to get excited about this year, but these are just a few of the Top Movie/TV Related MMO Games Coming 2013.