Make My MMO: Smed's new studio, Camelot's beta, and Elite's Holo-Me (February 18, 2017)
This week in MMO crowdfunding, we did a retrospective on why crowdfunded MMOARPG Hero's Song failed. It's almost as if Justin knew (cue spooky music) because two days later, Hero's Song's John Smedley and most of the Pixelmage team showed up at Amazon, announcing a new studio and a new game for the shopping giant's games division. In other words, don't expect Smed back on Kickstarter any time soon.
Meanwhile, Star Citizen's alpha 2.6.1 went live, we poked around TUG's status, Elite Dangerous demoed its upcoming "Holo-Me" character creator, The Exiled prepped for next week's launch, Ruin of the Reckless entered its backer test phase, and Camelot Unchained hinted at beta.
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.
— Star Citizen (@RobertsSpaceInd) February 18, 2017
Recent MMO crowdfunding news
Elite's Holo-Me stream
AQ3D open beta video
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) - First KS canceled, second ends March 7.
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 over, donor 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.
Maestros of the Anthymn (String Theory) - Kickstarter canceled.
Mekria (Infinity Online Studios) - 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 Exiled (Fairytale Distillery) - fka Das Tal. Steam early access February 2017.
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.
RUiN (Tarhead Studio) - Kickstarter ends March 9.
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.