I have a vision for a "Final Fantasy 7 Online" game, and I'd like to share that vision with everyone and to get your feedback.
GET READY TO BE PUMPED UP!
IMAGINE... an online game where people can re-live Final Fantasy 7 and play with each other... ONLINE.
What does that MEAN, exactly? Well, for instance, one person can play Cloud, and another person can play Tifa, etc., and they can do various things online... TOGETHER.
"Do what things, exactly?" THE SKY IS THE LIMIT. We can play the main story together, PvP against each other, explore the world, roleplay, minigames, and whatever else YOU think would be fun.
The game might have different modes. Let's start off with STORY MODE, and PLAY MODE, and BATTLE ARENA MODE.
With STORY MODE, people can re-live the FF7 story, starting with the Bombing Mission. But this time around, it's different. One person plays Cloud while another person plays Barrett! Once they finish the bombing mission, they have unlocked the next part of the story, and they have also UNLOCKED TIFA ON THEIR ACCOUNTS and can start to play her.
The BATTLE ARENA MODE is for PvP. You can pit your ferocious Red XIII against my Yuffie. Or maybe we can stage some virtual battles against Sephiroth!
The PLAY MODE is for everything else. Socialize and ROLE PLAY. Buy materia/gear for your characters. Play minigames. Go out into the world to gain experience. Have fun while you are "queued up" for a Story Mode instance. (See, that's where the game pairs you up with other people online to help you advance in the Story.)
GUYS... THIS IS NOT LIKE ANY OTHER ONLINE GAME. This isn't FF11 or FF14 or World of Warcraft. You're not creating some random character that nobody knows. You are playing a character that you and all your fellow FF7 fans LOVE AND ADORE. And we're all playing TOGETHER.
Each player has their own account and their own copy of all the FF7 characters. A newbie's account might have a Level 7 Cloud, a Level 5 Barrett, and a Level 6 Tifa, and that's it. An experienced player's account might have unlocked all the FF7 characters with higher levels. It might even be feasible to let people play other FF7 characters like Sephiroth, Reno, the Don, etc., but only in certain situations.
Yes, there are logistical challenges. You don't want two people playing Cloud in the same world instance. That's solvable. What happens when your Aeris character... gets to a certain part of the story? We can work that out. Another challenge is copyright issues. That's solvable, too. We can get past any hurdle.
The most important question is... WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK?
Let's hear your creative ideas, let's hear your criticism, let's discuss it.
And maybe, just maybe... we can create something awesome.