On the most recent Massively Speaking, we fielded a question from a guy who was asking for recommendations of a space MMO that wasn’t PvP-centric like EVE (or, y’know, wasn’t EVE period) but had many of those features: exploration, creation, trading, ship upgrading, and so on. He ruled out Star Trek Online, and that pretty much left us with our thumbs in our pockets.
The thing is, I would kill for an MMO like that. I’ve been wanting one for years. Spaceflight and Privateer were favorites of mine growing up, although even then I recognized that the space sim was not the most popular genre with gamers or the video game industry. But there was something special about exploration, carving yourself out a niche in the wild frontier of space, landing on planets, and having the freedom to pursue stories, build up wealth, or go on the attack.
In a weird way, I kind of want Fallen Earth in space. I’d love a rich crafting system, interesting quests, and a world (universe) that was constantly interesting to journey in. Landing on and exploring planets is a huge must, too.
Maybe it’s that fantasy that scifi fans often have: of being your own captain, raising yourself up by your bootstraps and making something of yourself in the world.
A lot of folks have latched onto Chris Roberts’ Star Citizen or Elite: Dangerous as potential saviors in this regard. I retain my skepticism about Kickstarter projects, but hey, if these actually become a thing, it might scratch that very itch. There’s also Vendetta Online and Galaxy On Fire – Alliances that are working on mobile MMOs.
Whatever comes to be, I’d especially love it if the creators injected a lot of personality into the ships, races, and worlds. STO had a good feel to it while EVE always seemed cold and distant. It wouldn’t have to be uber-stylized, but an attempt to create a place that was interesting and cohesive enough to be compelling is important.
Anyway, I’ll chalk this up to wishes and horses. It’d be great to get off a planet and go into space some day, especially if PvE is the focus of it all.