As a fan of the writer Tad Williams (author of several fantasy and science fiction novels) and mmo gaming this comes as great news. Development studio RealU, based in Singapore, today announced the MMOG (Massively Multiplayer Online Game) Otherland. Otherland, based on the best-selling novels by fantasy author Tad Williams, will appear for the PC in 2010. As many of future mmo’s to come it’s said to be based on the Unreal Engine 3 and claims to “set new technical standards for the MMOG genre”.
Whether it will set a new “standard for the mmo genre” or not, it’s a great idea if handled right.
Otherland is a series of four science fiction (cyberpunk) novels written by Tad Williams. The story is set in the mid-to-late 21st century (Some hints to a character’s age shows that the story takes place in the 2070s) where technology has advanced somewhat from the modern day. The most notable advancement has been the development of the ability for people to attach themselves fully to a computer via a nerve interface in order to experience an online world, called simply “the net”, as virtually real. Tad Williams weaves an intricate plot spanning four thick volumes and creates a picture of a future society where virtual worlds are fully integrated into everyday life.
Can this be the game actually filling the gap after Anarchy Online? Personally i really hope so. While waiting for the release 2010 i recommend you all to read the 4 novels if you haven’t yet, you wont be disapointed.