An upcoming MMO will feature classic movie monsters you always thought were hiding under the bed.
Forget Deathwing, the most terrifying boss to ever reside in an MMO is soon going to be the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Universal Studios and and SEE Virtual Worlds have struck a deal that will bring classic movie horrors like Dracula and Frankenstein's monster to a planet in the Entropia Universe.
If this sounds familiar, it should, because a similar deal was recently announced to give Michael Jackson his own MMO planet. SEE is now responsible for the online representations of both the King of Pop and the most famous set of monsters in history. The first Universal Monsters film was released in the early 1900s.
Hollywood Reporter broke the news of the Universal Monsters MMO, and it was confirmed to IGN that the official announcement is coming tomorrow. The MMO will apparently cast players in the role of a Van Helsing type character, who is known as a vampire hunter but in recent times has expanded his business to include other terrors.
The Entropia Universe is primarily monetized through a free-to-play, real currency system and consists of various portals including Planet Calypso. The Universal Monsters MMO will likely feature Universal Studios franchises such as the Wolf-Man, the Mummy, Frankenstein, Dracula, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the Phantom of the Opera. As you can tell, there is no shortage of Universal Monsters to choose from.
We'll have to wait for official gameplay details, but it could be interesting to go up against the actual foes that terrified many of us in our childhoods. Whether or not they'll be bosses is unknown, but I really hope so. The thing is, the Universal Monsters MMO seems like it'll have to do something really special with its licenses, because we've basically already been fighting variations of these monsters in other MMOs for ages. To put a stake through the heart of the actual Dracula though? That'd feel pretty sweet