Ghost in the Shell MMOFPS

The Ghost in the Shell MMOFPS will feature hacking battles between cyborgs according to a press release from NEXON.

You may remember a little while back where I decided to get the warm fuzzies over free-to-play MMO publisher NEXON signing an agreement for a game based on Ghost in the Shell: STAND ALONE COMPLEX.  At the time the only information we had about the game is that a contract had been signed for it.

Well, now we have more information.

According to NEXON’s press release, The Ghost in the Shell MMOFPS is “built upon a world view based on the original animation” and will feature “fierce hacking battles between cyborgs fighting over strategic resources.”

The press release also states that:

[quote]In addition to the dynamic gunfight action between cyborgs, the game also incorporates cyberization and various other concepts that are present in the original work. It also provides diverse contents such as cooperative battle mode, a new concept that integrates artificial intelligence with the player.[/quote]

The game is being developed by NEOPLE — an online game developer known for titles like Dungeon & Fighter — and is set to be released in the first half 0f 2014.

Dare we hope?

While I do feel that a Ghost in the Shell MMOFPS has potential, I wonder a bit as to how the developers are going to be able to handle translating the world into a large scale game.  Ideally, a cyberpunk based IP should be amazing, but I wonder if any of the stories complexities will be lost by turning it into a game that is shooter focused.

I’m interested to hear the opinions of other Ghost in the Shell fans on this subject, so definitely leave a comment below letting me know what you think.  And in the meantime, I’ll keep an eye out for upcoming Ghost in the Shell MMOFPS news.