Make My MMO: The Repopulation's new owner, Shards Online's alpha (January 14, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Above & Beyond announced that Hero Engine company Idea Fabrik has acquired all rights to its indie sci-fi sandbox MMORPG The Repopulation and will be relaunching the game -- in the Hero Engine -- with a new content patch sometime in Q1 2017. The game had originally raised $230,000 in Kickstarter funds in 2012 and 2014 and made it to early access in 2014, only to become entangled in a financial drama with Idea Fabrik over a year ago, which kept the game offline for a year while A&B built Fragmented with the goal of porting Repop to Unreal. The port will no longer be happening, but A&B is still working on Fragmented's console version. Definitely check out our whole article on what's up -- we've got an exclusive interview with A&B there as well.

Meanwhile,

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!

Shroud of the Avatar

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Shards Online hits alpha

Campaigns and crowdfunded MMOs we're watching

3001SQ (Société des Mondes Virtuels) - Kickstarter unsuccessful. Work continues.
AdventureQuest 3D (Artix Entertainment) - Raised 368k; beta began Oct 2016.
Antraxx (Team Antraxx) - Kickstarter canceled.
Ascent: The Space Game (Fluffy Kitten Studios) - Successful KS. Fully launched 2016.
Camelot Unchained
(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) - Funded, now in alpha.
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. Canceled w/ refunds.
Infinity: Battlescape (I-Novae Studios)
HEX (HEX Entertainment) - Funded and launched.
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. In alpha.
Pumpkin Online (Monique) - Downgrading from MMORPG.
The Realm: Reawakened (Stephen Nichols) - Ongoing GoFundMe.
The Repopulation (Idea Fabrik) - Kickstarted twice by A&B. Relaunch Q1 2017.
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) - Kickstarted. Currently in alpha.
Shroud of the Avatar (Portalarium) - Successful KS. 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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