Ok people were about 50/50 over my TRON MMO idea, so how about a GTA MMO instead?
I been thinking this chould work, if you break it down into Good guys / Bad Guys, and you got jobs to match what you picked.
1. Police Force
2. Army forces
3. Men in Black (Not the movie ones)
1. Street Punks
2. Mob guys
It would play out like you see in now, but in the MMO you can of course get more things to run. Stores, clubs, stations, bases. etc etc etc.
So how would you put a game like this together?
I brought this up in the MMO thread, it is a good idea except Mercs would be a neutral faction called bounty hunters Everybody would more or less be mercs until they joined a business (guild) or family (bad guild)
Crafters: modify cars to clean the title and perform better
Create business defenses (alarms, cameras, traps)
But there needs to be more than just liberty city! Have San Andreas, Liberty, and Vice city all inter connected. expansions later on to add more cities oh and put a likeness of the evangelist in there that you can beat up, mug and torture at will.
If they were to do it, it would need to be like EVE. As in player-controlled economy, cutthroat PVP, the possibility for significant monetary/property loss, etc. The APB game in development is only superficially like what a GTA game would need to be like.
Imagine the vetting process for getting a new guy into an estaablished crime family. He goes through the motions for months, makes friends, does some crimes, gets really entrenched, finally gets a angle of his own and access to the books then BAM! He's an undercover cop, the family is crippled or destroyed.
You would not even need to get that deep into the game though. There could also be the superficial street crime portion where carjackers are chased by local cops. No need to advance to a gang or mafia level of involvement. Worst thing that could happen is you lose your car/stash and go to "jail" for awhile (not sure how that would work, but I'm sure that could be its own portion of the game. On the other side if you're an ineffective cop, you could eventually get fired and need to move to a different city or use shady methods to get a new identitiy.
So many possibiliites for a GTA MMO (and I'll reiterate APB is not it) that it would be great is executed correctly.