I’d like to resurrect a post I made last year about Harry Potter being the next big MMO. There are rumors spreading across the internet that might the HP IP might be in the process of formalizing an agreement to create an MMO. A kind reader recently posted a comment to this old thread concerning HP as an MMO. Is this inevitable with such a popular IP that already has RPG games released coinciding with each of the movies and a theme park underway? To attempt bringing Harry Potter and his adventures to the MMO masses is probably a no-brainer. I would love to see the virtualization of J.K. Rawlings master piece book series in virtual world. However, I will restrain my enthusiasm and pledges to play.
I loved Lord of the Rings, both the books and the movies. I just KNEW that if anyone ever created a virtual world based on Tolkien’s lore, I would live out my days as an avatar there. As it turned out that was not the case. What I envisioned in my head as playing a game based in Middle Earth, was not what the developers had in theirs. There’s a lot more to making an MMO that I enjoy playing than delivering faithfully on the lore. Turbine did a great job creating a game that was true to LOTR lore and visualizing that world. However, the game mechanics preclude me from enjoying the game as it runs counter to my play-style and preferences. Now on top of that, the game will surely be designed to consider the needs of a younger audience. I’ve played with pre-teens and teens in WOW because they were allowed to play an adult’s game. I’m not sure that I will want to play a game designed with them in mind.
While I’d be happy to hear confirmation that HP is in fact going to be developed into an MMO, I know that it takes two halves to make a whole. A perfect rendition of that world that lacks requirements for my play-style such as solo content, mature interactions of death and consequence, character progression, crafting, meaningful player housing, ability to grind as an alternate leveling track, some form of world PVP and end-game for casual and hardcore just to name a few, I won’t be playing, regardless of how much I’ve loved that fictional world. Turbine knows how to deliver a world that stays true to the intention of the IP. However, what they build has been too restrictive and monosyllabic for my states. If Turbine is the developer, here’s to hoping they open a few more play-style doors this time around.