Family Guy Online character creator open today

By Steve Watts, Jul 20, 2011 12:45pm PDT

Family Guy Online, the MMO based on the popular TV series, is offering a taste of what's to come today, reports GameSpot. Tying in with the San Diego Comic Con this weekend, the game's character creator is expected to hit through the game's official Web site. You can head over and make your own Quahog resident and dispense with the pop culture references.

The full game is set to go into open beta sometime this year. After creating a character from four different archetypes, you'll take on single- and multiplayer modes to gain experience points, which will lead to character progression. You'll interact with 150 characters from the show, who will act as guides and quest-givers.

The different archetypes will relate to different members of the Griffin family. "You're not going to play as you would in a console game as, say, Peter Griffin," said Fox Consumer Product senior VP Gary Rosenfeld. "But when you build your own character, it makes sense from a game mechanic perspective to associate with the positive and/or negative aspects of what each of the Griffins represent. If you look at how you would map out an attribute table, Peter is obviously big and slow and tank-like and Stewie is small and ranged attack."

And of course, the game will keep the show's signature pop culture trends in tact with updates that can address whatever is most recent. "Building it in Unity, we've got the flexibility to update content, add new content, pretty quick turnarounds in regular intervals."

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