Thirteen years ago, Vin Diesel’s dream game was an MMO set in 200 BC.

ByJose A. York

Apr 8, 2022

Vin Diesel’s dream game, MMO Barca BC, is said to be based on the legendary Carthaginian military leader, Hannibal, and set during the Punic Wars.

Thirteen years ago, Vin Diesel’s dream was to create a MMORPGs around the year 200 BC. AD, titled Barca BC. Centered around the legendary Carthaginian military general, Hannibal Barca, Diesel’s concept would include the creation of an open world based on the lands around the Mediterranean Sea in the 2nd century BC. The actor’s dream game would see players create avatars and freely explore ancient Europe, creating their own world as World of Warcraftthis is Azeroth.

It seems that for almost two decades, Diesel has been fascinated by Hannibal Barca. This legendary figure is not the literary cannibal personality embodied by Mads Mikkelson and Anthony Hopkins, but rather a true historical figure with extremely remarkable achievements. Hannibal was from Carthage, the base of a mighty ancient empire located on the northern coast of Africa. Hannibal is best known for leading his army (including elephants) across the Alps in 218 BC, successfully bypassing the land and naval forces of the Roman Republic and leading the fight directly into Italy.


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Diesel’s games are said to be set during the era of the Punic Wars, which were fought between 264 and 146 BC between the Roman Republic and the Carthaginian Empire across the western Mediterranean. Video games have already successfully brought to life a plethora of historical figures, including Assassin’s Creed Odyssey featuring ancient Greek characters like the historian Herodotus and the legendary Spartan king, Leonidas I. Diesel’s concept however differs from the action-adventure angle of Ubisoft’s games and would instead be an MMO where players create their own personage.

Vin Diesel’s Barca BC reportedly set during Punic Wars

Vin Diesel's dream game Barca BC could be an MMORPG or RTS based on Hannibal Barca and the Punic Wars.

Development of the game began in 2006 under Diesel’s own company, Tigon Studios. As stated in an interview with Diesel by Destructoid, Barca BC is the actor’s dream MMORPG to create, though Diesel acknowledged it was a “very expensive gameand noted the financial and time constraints of its development. From 2009, the fast furious The actor predicted that it would still take at least another four years before the game was fully implemented and obviously – given its 2022 at the time of writing – it’s taking quite a bit longer than that.

Tigon Studios was reactivated in 2013 with the release of Riddick: The Merc Filesfollowing a suspension of development work since 2009. At one point, Tigon revealed that Barca BC would be a third-person real-time action strategy game, similar to age of empires 4. This kind of game tends to have a lot of historical elements and allows players to control vast armies and territories, which would suit well the context of Hannibal and the Punic Wars.

Vin Diesel has proven his ability to produce complete mythologies with his involvement in both Riddick and fast furious franchisees. With nearly two decades of reported interest in Hannibal Barca and his own video game company under his belt, he seems hopeful that Diesel can resume production on this dream game, perhaps after. Quick 10‘s conclusion in 2023. However, if it will be an ambitious historical MMORPGs or a tactical RTS remains unclear.

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Source: Destructoid

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