Quote of the Day – Working with a Really Tricky IP January 8, 2014Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, Misc MMOs.
Tags: Bible Chronicles, Kickstarter, Melchizedek, Phoenix Interactive Studios, Quote of the Day
We hold the Bible completely sacred, and we’ve gone to great lengths to maintain authenticity. For this reason, we formed an advisory team of four well-respected pastors and ministry leaders to make sure all of our storylines and characters are historically accurate. Although we consider ourselves devoted Christians, it’s amazing how many details this team has caught and adjusted to make sure we stay accurate to the biblical record.
Yeah, you think working with Tolkien or the Star Wars IP is difficult? Think again!
While they have wisely opted to stick to the Old Testament, even there it isn’t like we have a universally accepted interpretation to work with. Cornerstone of three major religions? Sure, let’s make a video game out of that! I cannot foresee anybody getting angry about choices made around interpretation!
Color me a pessimist, but they may have chosen more wisely than they suspect when it comes to the main image used for their web site.
Of course, on the flip side of that, teaching the Bible… or a given interpretation thereof… seems to be pretty much perfect for the WoW model MMO format, where quests have only one possible end state. The story will move on only when you do the right thing.
It will be interesting to see if people will be any more likely to read the quest text in this game than they are in WoW. The forum questions about that ought to be amusing. I foresee “Can’t watch the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah without being turned into a pillar of salt!” Any other likely candidates?
No word on the business model… subscription vs. free to play… that this project will follow on release. [Addendum: because it isn't an MMO. Silly me.] Of course, they still have a $100,000 Kickstarter goal to surmount. But for $2,500 you can have a character in-game modeled on your appearance, and for $5,000 that character will be one of the kings of the local city-states. You could be Melchizedek!