When one thinks of vampires it is hard not to associate them with their predators, the vampire hunter. Principal among iconic figures like Dracula and Nosferatu are the likes of Van Helsing and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. While Castlevania has had a stranglehold on the vampire-hunting genre in gaming, Universal is trying to enter the market with its own monster hunting MMO.

Working with Special Entertainment Events Virtual Worlds, Universal wants gamers to experience the thrill of taking on the classic Universal monsters as their own form of Van Helsing. Universal has been responsible for creating some of the most well known movie monsters to date including the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Wolfman, and the Invisible Man. Nowadays a new age of iconic villains (Freddy Krueger, Jason, Leather Face) have entered the fray, but everyone should still be familiar with Universal’s creations.

Currently, SEE Virtual Worlds is hard at work on a Michael Jackson MMO that will allow gamers to create their own Michael Jackson inspired planets, titled Planet Michael. While many might not be looking forward to this gaming experience it gives us some indication of what we might see in the Universal Monsters MMO. Planet Michael is a subscription free MMO with in-game transactions, so expect this Universal game to follow a similar model if successful. Start sharpening your stakes, get out your crosses, and pick your best trench coat.

Who wouldn’t want to take down some of the great Universal Monsters like Dracula or Frankenstein? It seems like a no brainer that Universal takes its properties and ties them into one complete game experience. For those that can remember there was a game released to coincide with the 2004 Van Helsing film, but that game didn’t fare so well. Here’s hoping that this game goes over a little better.

What are your thoughts on an MMO that has gamers taking on the classic Universal Monsters? Which of the iconic characters would you like to bag and tag?

This untitled Universal monsters MMO is set for release late next year.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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