Make My MMO: Shards becomes Legends of Aria, The Repopulation revivifies (March 11, 2017)
This week in MMO crowdfunding, Shards Online surprised the gamer community by announcing a namechange -- to Legends of Aria -- and a scope-change, the good kind of scope change if you're an MMO player, as the game just got bigger.
More good news: The Repopulation is expected to come back online for original backers and Steam buyers tomorrow. Idea Fabrik expects the sandbox to once again be for sale on Steam later this month.
Still more good news! As I write this, indie VR MMO OrbusVR has nearly tripled its Kickstarter goal already. Its whirlwind one-week campaign ends on Monday.
Meanwhile, gamers pledged over $12K US to bring Swedish brawler RUiN to a winning Kickstarter a few days back, but Caribbean Conquest wasn't so fortunate: Its Kickstarter ended unsuccessfully earlier this week. Plus, Dogma: Eternal Night worked on its character module, Grim Dawn talked itemization, and AdventureQuest 3D hyped The Dragons of Ashfall.
Read on for more on what's up with MMO crowdfunding over the last week and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we've got our eye on.
Shards is now Aria
Recent MMO crowdfunding news
OrbusVR Kickstarter pitch
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 ended unsuccessfully.
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.
Legends of Aria (Citadel Studios) - Kickstarted as Shards Online. Currently in alpha.
Life is Feudal (Bitbox): Indiegogo ended. Currently in beta.
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; 2015 KS unsuccesful. In Steam early access.
The Realm: Reawakened (Stephen Nichols) - Ongoing GoFundMe.
The Repopulation (Idea Fabrik) - Kickstarted twice by A&B. Alpha relaunch March 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.
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.