A lot of us who play MMORPGs on a regular bass are familiar with Sword Art Online. If you haven’t ever taken the time to watch it, I highly recommend watching through the first season. I don’t particularly enjoy Anime and I found myself thoroughly engaged. The premise, is that 10,000 people are stuck in a virtual reality MMORPG. The catch? If you die in the game, you die in real life. It’s an exciting and surprisingly thought provoking project.
Soon, every fan’s dream might be a reality (a virtual one of course). Recently, at Anime Expo 2014 Oculus Rift showed off a Proof of Concept. This short tech demo featured a scripted boss battle. Players weren’t able to control movement or participate in the combat, but those who tried the demo seemed enthusiastic. The other part of of the demo had players just lounging under a tree with one of the main protagonist, Asuna.
It’s very well possible that this title will never see the light of day. This frequently happens with tech demos, and there are many valid reasons why they don’t end up on shelves. My biggest concern is that it wont be an MMO at all, if I wanted a “single player MMO” I would just go play .hack.Related: Event (Real Life), MMO, News, Sword Art Online