Make My MMO: Refunds for Hero's Song (January 7, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, refunds continue for Hero's Song, which was canceled the day after Christmas with the promise to reimburse all those who backed the game through Indiegogo or on Steam early access. A new Indiegogo announcement from John Smedley yesterday says that Pixelmage has finished processing all pending requests -- manually -- and will soon begin mailing checks. "On the PayPal front we're awaiting having our PayPal account authorized to do this," he writes, suggesting that will be resolved early next week.

Meanwhile, take note, future MMO devs: If our readers are any indication, Kickstarter is probably not going to be your ticket to cash in 2017.

Read on for more on what's up with MMO crowdfunding over the last few weeks and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we've got our eye on!

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Recent MMO crowdfunding news

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EverFeud is being 'built by PvPers for PvPers' - Would you like some PvP in your PvP? Then you should keep tabs on EverFeud, an in-development title that's creating a highly competitive environment in a fantasy world. Arenas and…
Hero's Song wants you to take your money back - As Hero's Song transitions into Hero's Swan Song following this week's announcement of the game and studio shutdown, John Smedley and Pixelmage Games are encouraging backers to take advantage of…
Valiance Online demos the city of San Cielo - Crowdfunded superhero MMORPG Valiance Online has a new video out this week featuring the city of San Cielo. "This is a work-in-progress for our Alpha test and not necessarily the…
Gloria Victis brings out new character models - The "biggest update ever" for Gloria Victis has finally arrived, welcoming brand-new character models that should make the game look better than before. This is the 34th update since the game…

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Campaigns and crowdfunded MMOs we're watching

3001SQ (Société des Mondes Virtuels) - Kickstarter unsuccessful. Work continues.
AdventureQuest 3D (Artix Entertainment) - Raised 368k; hit open beta in October.
Antraxx (Team Antraxx) - Kickstarter canceled.
Ascent: The Space Game (Fluffy Kitten Studios) - Successful KS. Fully launched 2016.
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(City State) - Kickstarter successful; open donations/packages.
Caribbean Conquest (Invenio) - Kickstarter canceled (site offline).
Contested Space (Zon)
Crowfall (ArtCraft) - Kickstarter win, open packages, Indiegogo crowdfunding ongoing.
Chronicles of Elyria (Soulbound) - Kickstarter successful, open packages.
Citadel of Sorcery (MMO Magic, Inc.) - Open donations.
City of Titans (Missing Worlds Media) - Successful KS; launch planned for fall 2018.
Descent Underground (Descendent Studios) - Successful KS.
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 funded, now has donor platform.
Eco (Strange Loop Games)
Edengrad (Huckleberry Games) - Kickstarter funded; now in pre-alpha.
Elite: Dangerous (Frontier Developments) - Funded and launched.
Empyrion 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; in early access.
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) - KS canceled; Indiegogo. Production canceled w/ refunds.
Infinity: Battlescape (I-Novae Studios)
HEX (HEX Entertainment) - Successful Kickstarter, now playable.
Life is Feudal (Bitbox): Indiegogo ended.
LUX (Chimera) - Kickstarter canceled.
Midair (Archetype Studios) - Kickstarter successful.
Nebula Online (Mizar Games) Kickstarter canceled; launched in November.
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) - Doom, mostly.
Planet Nomads (Craneballs) - Successful Kickstarter.
Pixel Starships (SavySoda)
Project Gorgon (Elder Game) - Kickstarted in three tries. Indiegogo ends Dec.
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 delayed to 2017.
The Stomping Land (Alex Fundora) - Abandoned.
Sacrament (Ferocity Unbound) - Kickstarter failed; Patreon ongoing.
Shadow's Kiss (Clockwork Throne) - Ongoing Patreon.
Shards Online (Citadel Studios) - alpha planned for Jan 13 2017.
Shroud of the Avatar (Portalarium) - Successful KS. Final wipe/soft launch 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.

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Cyberlight
Cyberlight

Slightly off-topic, but I have to ask - what's up with "mailing checks" (or cheques as we know them)? I live in a remote and insignificant country but we've still managed to use electronic payments for everything for a couple of decades now. Is it just an expression? Or are they literally sending paper-based cheques that have to be taken to a bank? The last time I wrote a cheque was in the 1990s... I'm just curious. :)

thickenergy
thickenergy

@Cyberlight My bank even lets me just take a picture of the front and back of a check, on those rare occasions that I have to deal with one, and email them that for deposit.

It is odd. Maybe they're doing it for some record-keeping purpose seeing as how the company is closing and issuing a large number of refunds.

PaganRites
PaganRites

@Cyberlight I'm wondering if they would incur larger fees doing refunds via VISA or other card holders.I was wondering the same thing.

breetoplay
breetoplay moderator

@Cyberlight I just assumed it was for people who couldn't be granted a direct credit card / PayPal refund for some reason - I know that different countries have different rules on that, on who pays the surcharges, etc..

Gevah
Gevah

I hope Hero's Song comes back, i wouldn't mind buying it as a single player game.


PaganRites
PaganRites

Kingdom Death just closed at over $12 million on Kickstarter today, breaking many records.  So I'm not so sure Kickstarter is a dead medium for games.  I know it's not an MMO, but there is a definite cross genre audience there.  I'll be interested to see how Ashes of Creation does.

imperialpanda
imperialpanda

@PaganRites  Kickstarter is not dead at all. Massively is just consistently anti-Kickstarter, so it's not surprising commenters show similar sentiments.

Archebius
Archebius

@PaganRites  There is an audience there, but just about everyone who's interested in backing an MMO has already done so - we're in a waiting period, hoping that all these cool games will actually get developed. Kingdom Death intends to have copies in backer's hands by summer; none of the MMOs I backed years ago will be ready by then.

It's much easier for me to invest in a board game, which has a very high success rate at creating quality products on time, over another MMO, which has yet to have an unadulterated Kickstarter success story.

Damonvile
Damonvile

@imperialpanda @PaganRites Maybe it's because trying to build an mmo on the type of budget a typical KS will afford you ends in long delays, and missing features that were promised.


That doesn't mean smaller more reasonable projects can't work with this type of funding.

PaganRites
PaganRites

@Armsbend @PaganRites It's not.  But my point is that there is a large percentage of crossover on Kickstarter between board game backers and PC gaming,

breetoplay
breetoplay moderator

@Archebius @PaganRites Yep. All the boardgames/cardgames I've backed shipped and were worth every penny I spent.

@imperialpanda I don't think the site's writers are anti-Kickstarter at all; we all know first-hand how great Kickstarter can be for the right project (as do you, given your badge <3). But I also think the MMORPG Kickstarters in the last two years have been on the dodgier side in terms of whether they have a prayer of launching as promised, hence the rise in suspicion of late. Even so, Kickstarted MMOs from before the recent period consistently win our most anticipated awards, and you're commenting under the only crowdfund-centric weekly monitoring column in the MMO blogging genre. :D