If you have ever played an MMO, you have probably experienced holiday events. Many times they correlate with real life holidays, but there are also original holidays based on the games own in-game story and lore. Not only does it bring the world alive, it also keeps your interest in the game longer. Good MMOs have events going on pretty much every month of the year. There is always something to look forward to. Even after you have obtained all the best items, killed all the bosses, and seen all the story, there is a reason to stick around and see what is going on in the game.
One day I thought why not have holiday events in single player games? It would be a lot of fun to have things to look forward to. Most single player game world feel really static. Everything happens in a certain order every time you play. You might get some choices in the quests or missions that make it interesting to replay, but once you finish the content it is mostly over. Even Skyrim stops being interesting once you complete all the quests. There are “radiant” quests that randomly give you tasks to do. There could also be holiday events.
Previously, single player games were played offline, but more and more single player games require you to be online these days for their DRM schemes. Developers may as well use our internet connections if they are available. Most people get automatic updates that patch up all of their games. Holiday events would just be small content updates to the game. Most holiday events would be included in the base game, but small free updates would include new ones as the year goes by. Continue Reading