Pictures Consumer Products has announced it'll be launching a Total
Recall MMO to tie in with next year's movie remake. Sony promises the
title will “dovetail perfectly” with the release of the movie,
which is set to update Philip K Dick's short story We Can Remember It For You
Wholesale for the 21st
Century by adding Colin Farrell and lots of CGI (it's safe to
assume). The game will take the
form of a 3D browser-based, free-to-play MMO with microtransactions,
social-gaming features, competitive, and co-op elements.
Above: The one to beat
developer ZQGame, currently known for sci-fi MMO Shadowland Online,
will be handling development of the Total Recall MMO, with SEE Games handling distribution of the title's 2012 release. It's actually going to be the third game based on the license, going up against Acclaim and Ocean's titles based on the 1990 version of the film. Let's just come right out and say it'll probably be better than those titles, none
of which are remembered as particularly shining examples of the
Above: That's more like it
Recall also saw unofficial, erm, “tribute” paid via Delphine
Software's Flashback: The Quest for Identity, which included all the
movie's best elements except the bits that you couldn't put into a
videogame in those days (exploding faces, mammarially advantaged
escorts, Michael Ironside). While ZQGame's MMO probably won't take
too many cues from Delphine's platformer, the Chinese dev could
certainly do worse.
What elements would you like to see in a Total
Recall MMO? And don't say three-boobed hookers, that goes without saying. We all want three-boobed hookers in our video games.