I’m wondering if anyone would be interested in a sci-fi fantasy game about entering a fancy virtual world and living an ideal second life?
As of right now, I only have the character customization done, but I’m planning the story and stuff for later.
I can at least talk about the customization:
- write in your own name
- choose your gender (male, female, NB, agender)
- stats system
- choose a body type
- choose an attribute for your body
For those who are confused by the last three things, here’s what I mean. Given that it’s a virtual world meant to fulfill your desires, you should be allowed to be whoever or whatever you want to be. But this is a game made by one person, so that’s not happening. I have attempted to strike a balance between limitless freedom and manageable options by splitting customization into 2 sections and combining them with the stats system.
For example, you can choose to have a Centaur body type, and your base Speed and Defense stats will go up, while your base Stealth and Dexterity stats will go down. Then you can choose to have the Insectoid attribute, and your Defense and Stamina will go up, while your Charisma and Dexterity will go down. These combined stats are what you first go into the game with, and everyone will perceive and refer to you as a four-legged, exoskeletoned horse bug person.
Additionally, your body type and attribute will open unique story options and secret paths. For example, if someone runs away from you and you’re a Centaur, you can chase them down, or if you’re a Harpy, you can fly and track them from the air, but if you’re a Slime, you’re too slow and out of luck. Alternatively, if you are in a very cold place, having the Furry or Curvy attribute will protect you from the cold, while having the Fishy or Chameleon attribute will leave you vulnerable.
That part took a bit longer to explain than I thought it would. Anyway, as for the story, it’s still in its infancy, but I’m thinking you’ll start in a hub world and there’ll be a variety of themed worlds for you to explore one by one, with different climates, various activities for you to do, and people for you to meet. The overarching plot while you do all that would be that over time, the virtual world begins having problems, and it seems like the company that manages it isn’t telling you everything. You need to find the cause and stop it, either saving or destroying the entire virtual world in the process.
So, gauging interest. Would anyone like to play this game? I’m probably going to make it either way, to be honest, because it’s something I’m interested in, but I want to see what others think too.