The Sci-Fi channel will [build an MMO] for people to play. The players will then influence the writers for a TV show based on the game to tell the stories behind the game. They’ve already got 30 million dollars from investors for this little project.
David Howe, president of the Sci-Fi, talks about this new idea:
“A television show that is on once a week isn’t enough. The fans today want the experience to go beyond that,” Howe said. “For example, we can tell them that there will be an alien invasion at a certain place in the game, at a certain time, and to be there with all their friends and be ready. The outcome depends on them. And then that battle will be part of the universe in the show.”
Now the MMORPG ‘Horizons’ (Now called [Istaria]) had a 10 million dollar budget. 30 million now isn’t squat in the MMO field. We’ve all seen the piss poor Sci-Fi ‘remakes’ of movies and shows with only a few real hits (thank God for Eureka!)
and now they want to make an MMO? And WTF does “The Fans today want the experience to go beyond that”.. maybe.. only if the product is good! BattleStar Galactica lends itself well to something like this.. ‘Ghost Hunters’ does not.
It’s a good idea, but with out someone that really knows the field inside and out that now only can provide a GOOD game to players but also get enough feed back from the game to allow the writers to do something with the data.. it’s just going to bomb. hard core. and people will be left wondering what the hell happened… Hmm.. Wonder if Sci-Fi is hiring.