Ramayan 3392 A.D. comic gets the MMO treatment

Sony Online Entertainment and Virgin Comics team up to bring series based on Indian mythological lore to online gaming.

Ramayan 3392 A.D. concept art.

With games like The Agency and Kung Fu Hustle in the works, Sony Online Entertainment is expanding its portfolio of massively multiplayer online role-playing games beyond the fantasy staples of EverQuest and EverQuest II. Today the publisher provided the latest evidence of this, announcing a partnership with Virgin Comics to create an MMO game based on that label's futuristic reinterpretation of Indian mythology, Ramayan 3392 A.D.

SOE will work with the creative team behind the comic as part of an exclusive multiyear worldwide licensing agreement. In a statement, Virgin Comics cofounder and CEO Sharad Devarajan explained that the game's cultural roots will help bring a fresh perspective to the genre. "In a world increasingly dominated with games influenced by a western Tolkien mythos, Ramayan will offer gamers a chance to experience a whole new universe of characters and archetypes derived from one of the oldest cultures on Earth," Devarajan said in a statement.

No release date was given for the game.

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kirshna
kirshna

if this game out i definatly buy it

NearlyPrescient
NearlyPrescient

ramayana+future+comic+mmo=bad mix. I read the ramayana, for the most part, and it was fantastic. I can't see this as an MMO or a futuristic comic based MMO.

2w-sephiroth
2w-sephiroth

Its awsome but... an MMO? WHY? That will destroy the whole air and atmostfear that the creators of this game will fight until the last days. People will start playing around and start behaving like baboons of 8 years old making stupid stuff. Instead of a MMO they should make an awsome Action RPG where you can travel to towns and go to dungeons like Okami or Zelda. Well they have decided I think. I cant spend time on MMO Id rather enjoy more games and real social time.

SupremeNITEHAWK
SupremeNITEHAWK

you know I think this is great that my group of people are getting a very rich and awesome experience retold..but why inthe future?......and why a mmo....haha I guess because nobody could stop Ram, if there was a single player campaign.

curua02
curua02

For the first moment after seeing the title of this article, I thought: "A Rayman MMO? Awesome! I hope the Rabbids will be in it." But this sounds cool, too.

dhalsim311
dhalsim311

Ive never really been into mmos but ramayan is so badass I dont know if i can resist.

BLiTZv3
BLiTZv3

OMG!! Awesome....Ramayan is an EPIC mythology....they should make it singleplayer. But I guess MMO will rock. Now we will see massive Indian audience in a MMO. I'll keep tracking.

speed1
speed1

Finally a game based on mythology from my country.

spelledarn
spelledarn

I'd love to see an action game based on Christian values. Someone punches you, and you press a button to turn the other cheek. Retaliate and you lose. Repeat as necessary. ;)

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

I know some about Ramayan. But why is this in future! :? Hope they wont screw it....

sandy4v
sandy4v

Recently I was thinking to become a game developer and my only dream was to build a game based on Ramayana as I am from India and wanted to create and Epic adventure for the player in the huge Ramayan world I also thought of the stages and how to use Six axis controller for it But my dreams are crushed as this game is getting developed as a mmo instead of a single player adventure Screw you

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Oh, I thought someone said: Rayman MMO... -I was like what the F?

sanjt
sanjt

Interesting concept, and im hoping this gets well recieved and won't be pulled because it offended some Hindus.

Reetesh
Reetesh

This is great, Having Grown up with stories of ramayan It will be an awesome experience for me to play the games! being a part of ramayan :shock: that itself will pull many non gamers into the gaming scene :D But, I dont know if the Comic series changes the real ramayan a lot or something, because almost EVERY indian(thats almost a billion people) know the story of ramayan, and any discrepancy will be noticed which wont be good. EDIT:This game is planned to come by 2010 BTW.

Squids-Ahoy
Squids-Ahoy

Interesting choice of setting, I hope this works.

Gruug
Gruug

SOE will probably just take the SWG engine, change up the graphics a bit and sell it under a new game. By the way, how many of you thought it meant American Indian?

Rect_Pola
Rect_Pola

lol - I guess this speaks for the average gamer's attentiveness level. :P I saw it too, and thought Rayman before I realized it was spelled differently. A comic would be cool though; no maybe a cartoon. But it'd have to be like Rayman 2, with gibberish-talk and kept translation to a minimum.

nth1739
nth1739

I think based of the comments here, there should be a Rayman MMO. Look how many people read the article thinking it was Rayman MMO LOL. Its the next WoW killer :P

Narroo
Narroo

Hey! I can see his arms and legs!

nth1739
nth1739

YEAH rayman!!! WHAT? I HAVE BEEN DECEIVED

sideoftheham
sideoftheham

I also thought it said Rayman. Kung Fu hustle is being made into a game? An MMO game?

KamaKase
KamaKase

I so thought that said Rayman the first time I read it. ...wouldn't surprise me though, the way that series has been going.

supreme_dar
supreme_dar

hmmm i'm indian and I thought it said Rayman too :P Although I know the story behing Ramayan, seeing it in a Sci-Fi perspective just doesn't seem right...

rikhan_z
rikhan_z

I ever played a game based on Indian Mythology, this is an interesting concept.

ajay2cool
ajay2cool

about time!!! well done sony for making us indian's proud! :]

piinshot
piinshot

good to see and end to all the fantasy rubbish they keep pumping out!

lonelygamer360
lonelygamer360

wow, finally a game based on Indian mythology, being an Indian I am sure happy about that, on the flip side, i am sure this game ain't coming on 360, as sony is the publisher and developer........arrrrr!!!

ppau08223
ppau08223

yes finally a video game based on indian mythology. took game developers long enough. any idea on the 3392? is that the day the world ends in the indian calender or something??

j1m1b
j1m1b

Phew, I thought I was the only one who thought it was Rayman

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

lol, yea I thought it said a Rayman too.

Jenova_Flare
Jenova_Flare

oh my god I was gonna say as well! I thought it said Rayman!! LOL rayman 3392 - RAYMAN HAS EVOLVED AND GROWN LIMBS lol!!! x

kenesu96
kenesu96

i didnt read this closely and thought it said rayman 3392!

Natdaddy
Natdaddy

Funny how many of us saw it as rayman....where is he anyway?

never-named
never-named

Hmm... Videogames based on Greek Culture. Check! Videogames based on Muslim Culture. Check! (Numerous) Videogames based on Japanese Culture. Check! I guess it was just a matter of time before the Indians got a piece of the digital pie too.

never-named
never-named

Geez, at times it feels like the Indians are taking over the entire globe. Not that there's anyhting wrong with that! *Waves arms in a cross shape*

DrCLos
DrCLos

I like the artwork. Well at least they are trying something different in a genre that is stagnating. I just hope they do it well.

jrt1979
jrt1979

Yeah boy, Indians REPRESENT. I think this is totally kickass. Now instead of focusing on med school, computer science, and engineering, we can spend a little time on the MMO scene baby!

tskeeve
tskeeve

I'm just happy that my Indian culture is finally getting some videogame spotlight. Sounds pretty cool, but I'm unsure of how large a community this game can garner, which is pretty important for an MMO

CaptainDingo
CaptainDingo

Yeah I read that as Rayman, too. You know you've been gaming too long when... :P

svaubel
svaubel

*yawns* Sony needs to work on the MMO's they already have still before making any new ones

azizrulez
azizrulez

finally a game about something indian, about time guys,although i feel this game is gonna be a bad represtative for indian themed games

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

The concept does sound very nice but I don't like the idea of an MMO.

jop360
jop360

lol i thought it said rayman.....well since it doesn't i dont care the only mmo really worth our time is orig. wow and Gw.. too many mmo's