MMORPG Tycoon 2 is a new game by VectorStorm where the job of copy-pasting MMO assets together is surprisingly fun. Now usually these business sims are pretty dull. A very niche kind of gamer enjoys these games. But it’s not just clicking menus that makes the fun. The real fun comes out of what you can do from a creative standpoint within those confines. In the vein of typical game development simulators, the confluence of business sim and insane creativity is where the fun really lies. As you figure out what kind of game you want to make will determine everything else about it.
MMORPG Tycoon 2 makes you the developer, designer, and GM of everything in your dream MMO. Quest givers and enemies need to be placed. The layout of leveled zones needs to be planned and created. Players need things to do, after all. And you get to do a lot of tinkering, being given 200 square kilometers of territory; that’s nearly the size of the original release of World of Warcraft.
And it’s not just how you lay out your worlds that matter. As you manage how many users subscribe, you need to pay attention to their engagement. The layout of quest givers and other content within zones often has to flow in a way that gamers will keep interested in. Doing things like pushing users along a path with tons of content that fits a central theme can also help define the path development takes. If you’re making an MMO about some evil Starbucks dungeon, all the enemies and quest could be coffee-themed. It’s this kind of weird theming potential that makes MMORPG Tycoon 2 really unique.
And you don’t have to take things very seriously either. You can of course monetize the heck out of everything by doing insane things like charging to leave the starting zone. So if you want a free-to-play MMO that charges thousands of dollars to leave the basic zone, you certainly can. With the potential for hilarious fun, that leaves this PC game open to your maddening creative impulses.
Check out the trailer for the game down below. Check out MMORPG Tycoon 2 on Steam right now. The current Early Access version of the business sim costs $24.99 USD, and has tons of replay potential. It’s one of those games that you will definitely enjoy if you’re a fan of the genre.