Make My MMO: Indiegogo campaigns for Mark Kern and John Smedley (September 17, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news was one of the biggest we've had all year for crowdfunded games. Former Firefall boss Mark Kern made good on his plans for "serial Kickstarting" with a small Indiegogo campaign for his new MMO, Ember; we sat down with Hero's Song's John Smedley for a streamed interview; and indie sci-fi sandbox Dual Universe is hurtling along toward its Kickstarter funding goal of just over half a million bucks.

Meanwhile, Shroud of the Avatar's Richard Garriott and Starr Long announced they'll both be attending SOTACon, City of Titans posted the lore behind its Bureau of Paranormal Investigations and Tracking, and Ascent got a new trailer, Ever, Jane patched its beta, Elite Dangerous is rolling out the Guardians beta next week, AdventureQuest 3D announced an October open beta, and Crowfall confirmed beta 1 players will begin testing this year.

And for those wondering about the state of The Repopulation, a month ago the devs told forumgoers that their "goal is to have a playable client for it late in the year, but it will probably be a limited initial version." Said A&B, "[W]e need to build the world and content still, which has a good ways to go."

Read on for more on what's up with MMO crowdfunding this week and the roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we've got our eye on!

MOP's Smed interview

Recent MMO crowdfunding news

Crowfall shows off the lore of the Bog Bear - It's important to remember that Crowfall takes place in a fantasy world with fantastical creatures. Sure, there are sieges and politics to consider, but there are also critters roaming around…

Campaigns and crowdfunded MMOs we're watching

3001SQ (Société des Mondes Virtuels) - Kickstarter unsuccessful. Work continues.
AdventureQuest 3D (Artix Entertainment) - Raised 368k; plans October launch.
Ascent: The Space Game (Fluffy Kitten Studios) - Fully launched!
Camelot Unchained
(City State) - Open donations/packages.
Caribbean Conquest (Invenio) - Kickstarter canceled (site has been taken offline).
Contested Space (Zon)
Crowfall (ArtCraft) - Open donations/packages
Chronicles of Elyria (Soulbound) - Kickstarter successful.
Citadel of Sorcery (MMO Magic, Inc.) - Open donations.
City of Titans (Missing Worlds Media)
Descent Underground (Descendent Studios)
Divergence Online (Stained Glass Llama) - Three campaigns; now in KS early access.
Dogma: Eternal Night
(Prelude Games Factory): Kickstarter overdonor preorder packs.
Dragon of Legends (Thrive Games) - Successful Kickstarter.
Dual Universe (Novaquark) - Kickstarter live now, ends October 11.
Eco (Strange Loop Games)
Edengrad (Huckleberry Games) - Kickstarter funded June 2016; early access coming Sept.
Elite: Dangerous (Frontier Developments) - Funded and launched.
Empyrionn Online (Eleon) - Kickstarter canceled; launched on Steam early access.
Epic Space (EpicSpace.net)
Ever, Jane (3 Turn Productions) - Now in open beta.
Gloria Victis (Black Eye Games) - Open donations, no end date.
Greed Monger (Greed Monger) - Abandoned, multiple times now.
Grim Dawn (Crate Entertainment) - Funded and launched.
Guns of Icarus (Muse) - Funded and launched.
Hero's Song (Pixelmage): Kickstarter canceled; Indiegogo live, ends mid-October.
Infinity: Battlescape (I-Novae Studios)
HEX (HEX Entertainment)
Life is Feudal (Bitbox): Indiegogo ended.
LUX (Chimera) - Kickstarter canceled.
Midair (Archetype Studios) - Kickstarter successful.
Neo's Land (NeoJac Entertainment) - Open donations, no end date.
Novus AEterno (Taitale Studios)
Overpower (Hydrant Games) - Kickstarter unfunded; heading to early access.
Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen (Visionary Realms) - Open donations, no end date.
Pathfinder Online (GoblinWorks)
Planet Nomads (Craneballs) - Successful Kickstarter.
Pixel Starships (SavySoda)
Project Gorgon (Elder Game, LLC)
Pumpkin Online (Monique)
The Realm: Reawakened (Stephen Nichols) - Ongoing GoFundMe.
The Repopulation (Above & Beyond Technologies) - In middle of engine do-over.
ROKH (Darewise) - Kickstarter canceled; early access planned for Sept. 2016.
The Stomping Land (Alex Fundora) - Abandoned.
Sacrament (Ferocity Unbound) - Kickstarter failed; Patreon ongoing.
Shadow's Kiss (Clockwork Throne) - Ongoing Patreon.
Shards Online (Citadel Studios)
Shroud of the Avatar (Portalarium) - Final wipe was in July 2016.
Star Citizen (Cloud Imperium) - Ongoing donations/packages.
TUG (Nerd Kingdom) - In middle of year-long revamp after funding surge.
Vigor Roads (NeuronHaze) - Kickstarter unsuccessful; early access planned for 2017.

Ascent 2016 trailer

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