The BBC has announced their latest video game plans for Doctor Who and once again our favorite Time Lord will be going on a journey entirely new to him. With a series of adventure based titles for the PC and some horrific Wii and Nintendo DS games under his belt, Doctor Who will be venturing into widely populated genre that is the MMO genre in Doctor Who: Worlds in Time.
Doctor Who’s latest journey will be a free-to-play MMO and will hit the PC later this year. Development on the title is being handled by Three Rings, who are best known for the free-to-play title Puzzle Pirates. So if you were expecting some sort of high-end triple-A Doctor Who MMO, then you should keep your expectations in check as Worlds in Time will most likely be a low-key title that isn’t bursting at the seams with amazing production values.
How gamers will be able to experience an MMO based on the Doctor Who universe wasn’t divulged in today’s reveal nor were any pieces of concept art or in-game screens. The previous titles of Three Rings have featured a hand-drawn animated style, so maybe this new Doctor Who game will take inspiration from the Doctor Who mini-figures line, which sports a cartoony look for all the heroes and villains.
It’s nice to see BBC Worldwide continue to push the Doctor Who brand, but can we please have a proper console game at some point? I know the immediate marketability for such a title may not be inspiring in today’s climate, but at some point I would like to hop on my PS3 or Xbox 360 and either insert a dics or select a downloaded title and experience an original and fun Doctor Who video game. Maybe we’re eventually going to receive the Doctor Who game we all want, or maybe the BBC is content with giving us games that are geared for the casual market.
Now if we got a Torchwood MMO, I would be all over on that Day 1.