Make My MMO: Star Citizen’s Gamescom demo, Camelot Unchained’s beta progress (August 26, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, Star Citizen brought a playable (though tweaked) version of 3.0 to Cologne for Gamescom this week, a demo apparently endlessly mobbed by gamers. During last night’s shaky keynote presentation, Chris Roberts showed off a few of the game’s headline features, including a brand-new one: real-time, player-driven facial animation and concomitant camera tracking, and it even works with a basic webcam.

On the other side of the pond, Camelot Unchained continued its the long trek to beta; this week CSE noted it’s making progress on bots, realm control, animations, quivers, and what looks a bit like guild heraldry to us!

Meanwhile, Path of Exile formally launched on Xbox One, Project Gorgon prepped a patch for this Monday (expect bunnies!), Valiance Online got some stream-time in, Crowfall brought a trailer to PAX, Legends of Aria announced a final test this fall, OrbusVR recapped its first closed beta, Ship of Heroes toured an instance, and Elite Dangerous 2.4’s beta opened up for everyone (thanks, Cotic!). We’re also stunned to report that Greed Monger might be reimbursing people taken for a ride on that dud a few years back.

Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding over the last couple of weeks and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’re following.

Star Citizen Gamescom demo (edited)

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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; beta began Oct 2016.
Albion Online (Sandbox) – Launched July 2017.
Antraxx (Team Antraxx) – Kickstarter canceled.
Ascent: The Space Game (Fluffy Kitten Studios) – Successful KS. Fully launched 2016.
Ashes of Creation (Intrepid Studios) – Successful KS.
Broke Protocol (Cylinder) – Unsuccessful KS. In free early access.
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 overdonor preorder packs.
Dragon of Legends (Thrive Games) – Successful Kickstarter.
Dual Universe (Novaquark) – Kickstarter funded, now has donor platform. Alpha delayed.
Eco (Strange Loop Games) – Funded, now in alpha.
Edengrad (Huckleberry Games) – Kickstarter funded; in early access.
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.
Global Adventures (SubaGames) – Kickstarter funded.
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)
OrbusVR (Ad Alternum) – KS funded March 2017.
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) – Kickstarted, early access launched sans multiplayer.
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. Back in alpha
ROKH (Darewise) – Kickstarter canceled; now in early access.
RUiN (Tarhead Studio) – Kickstarter successful.
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.

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deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

so have to say i was verrrrrry pleased by the sc presentation. the gameplay demo looked realistic for once mostly, the face tech looked very good, and CR actually didn’t give us a stupid ass date for 3.1 for once. there was some big hiccups but overall, i was really super impressed, and made me confident in my earlier overly expensive whaleathon. lol

all in all feeling the high from the presentation even still and looking forward to 3.0, with the finally ffs upfront disclosure that it’s only being held back by delta patcher development.

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primal

those updated dates will come at citizencon

i had a feeling it was being delayed by the delta patcher cus theyve change the whole structure of it havnt they so it wont be compatible with current version.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

i really hope what we saw at gamescom with CR straight up saying he’s not going to give a date for 3.1 continues. it was absolutely refreshing for him to say that after so much bullshit with dates on this project over the years.

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primal

ah cant remember that cus i was quite drunk that friday night so well actually dont remember a lot of it haha. thatll be good to not give any dates, just an outline of whats planning to come in those updates will be enough

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

i was drinking but didn’t get proper buzzed until after the stream. i was just at the sweet spot of getting my drink on to impulse purchase that 600i before even tuning in to the stream LOL i hadn’t even seen the commerical just looked the pics on teh store page for it and liked the interiors.

also picked up the nox to put in my cutlass and a connie aquila which didn’t even realize it wasn’t the cheapest one or that it was somehow special until i saw the ship ad video after LOL

we live chatted about the presentation in irc and i think all around we were mostly impressed tho we had some good laughs about th eserver crash as did twitch chat i guess LOL.

anyways really think this is by far their best and most consumer friendly presentation they’ve done. alot of the usual bullshit and fan baiting was removed in favour of a solid show with some much needed honesty and forthcomingness. i wish all their comms were like that presenttion but very unlikely to happen. and if anything it’s s hame they waited until the presentation to tell us some of that stuff that has led to alot of qq over the past some odd weeks.

in particular telling us 3.0 is all ready except for the delta patcher. i think if they had just told us that weeks ago it would’ve saved alot of headaches for everyone involved and spared everyone the mild drama of seeing 3.0 on the floor this week instead of in backer’s hands.

Siphaed
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Siphaed

3.0 won’t be until Feb/April 2018 at the earliest. Mark my words.

This “demo” looked entirely scripted, sounded just like a tech demo would. I highly doubt it represents the game at all.

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Lethality

Who cares when it releases? And false.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

for those of us that play the game the demo was actually the most legit they’ve ever done, and very evidently so.

there was a script a la the old “lets emulate how gamers play in a super awkward way” but it was legit being played and this is shown quite obviously when the game server crashed and they had to speed run back to the crash point in their play script.

3.0 being ready, now that we know what the hold up is (which i wish they would’ve told us this as frankly as they did at gamescom ffs) being the delta patcher, i can see anywhere between now and xmas. otherwise they finally did communicate that the content and game itself was ready, just the delta patcher is holding it up.

honestly you know i am super critical of this game and would not give it passes here.

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primal

it does represent the game actually cus if youve got 2 groups of players duking it out thats exactly what will happen except the fight should take longer cus the hitpoints dont seem to be that big.

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shear

It was scripted, but in a different way this time, they showed a game in its current state (probably a little bit better, let’s be fair here they were fixing bugs and issues for this presentation the whole week) and the actual gameplay you can expect.

It was scripted in a sense that there was one mission and one way the whole thing is going to go down. When they shot the ship out from the back of the car, I am pretty sure he missed but you know all of the presentation are scripted in that sense so that’s not a fair argument to make.

If you look at CiG progress report with the graph, the dotted line represents average pace the bugs are being squashed at, so if you do some basic maths it works out that it hits zero in February 2018, so it is possible that it going to be delayed till then.

In its current state 3.0 is in pre-alpha, honestly, it feels like they started over if you asked me it’s like they scrapped 2.6 and had to start over because they introduced the planets.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

2.6 being a wasted patch is a known quantity for some time now. they forked 3.0 off the 2.5 build and devved 2.6 seperately.we’ve known this for like a year now.

but it’s pretty evident the presentation was a legit build. and this is the first presentation demo i can actually see being recreatable by players as actual gameplay which is part of why i’m so impressed by it.

even tho as pointed out the ttk on those idris’s is way to short and probably tuned for the demo.

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shear

I can tell Idris was still in a very rough state, if you just look at the command area and how empty and unfinished it looked compared to the constellation which is down right beautiful inside.

I think there is really only one question with SC and that is how long people are willing to wait for it. I have a feeling they need another 150 mil to get this game to a good state, and another 300m for it to be as big as CR wants it to be. I mean GTA took 265mil to make and over a 1000 people worked on it, and it’s a much smaller game.

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primal

GTA5’s total cost was $265mill which includes marketing etc not the amount of money spent actually building the game. GTA5 is only smaller in terms of playable space. yet bigger in other aspects.

its not going cost 300mill to get it as big as CR wants, the reason why theyve spent tons of time making the tools and systems to make it much easier to make stuff going forward which in turn leads to lower costs in the future as less time is spent on doing something

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shear

No 265m was development only, it did not include marketing.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

as big as the map is in gta the entire thing is so incredibly dense and detailed.

the lead map dev interviewed about his time on the game when he left rockstar and said he still dreams about parts of the map. literal labour of love.

star citizen will never be on the level of gta5 in that regard. and doesn’t really need to be. i just wish CR/their fans would realize that and stop beating their chests acting like this game will ever be there or even should be there.

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shear

Well I don’t know, considering they want a 100 systems with let’s say 8 bodies in each of them to land with at least one location that is personalised and unique to that planet, and the detail they showed in the outpost or city on the moon in the presentation was quite nice and on par with any AAA game, that is an immense amount of work, then you include all the stations, which some of will be unique too. All the ships they have are detailed as hell too.

And then SC, mechanically alone, is much bigger than GTA, just think about all the activities they are promising and how in-depth they are. I’d say this is a much bigger game than GTA, or at least they want it and selling it to be.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

eh the POIs on planets have nice detail even if in the stream there was some big polygon rubish piles quite evident and sore thumbish.

but for the most part the vast majority of planet surfaces is empty useless space.

there’s alot of thing about star citizen that they want to do or have tried to do that become evident to me while playing gtao. stuff gtao does much better than star citizen tries to do them (like dynamic avatar animations amongst others) or cig/fans claim SC does for the first time ever in gaming that GTAO has had for years now. and generally works a fair bit better in gta than currently in sc.

it should not be downplayed how big of a game gtao really is. both th eonline and single player. gtao itself literally revolutionizes the themepark mmo with plenty of sandy avenues of play to boot. on top of the fundemental game mechanics that has no peer in any genre (tho some people dislike them i guess which is fair), just the breadth and innovation of the various activities is without equal in gaming let alone int eh wow clone gank box dichotomy of mmo’s. and these are things that star citizen appears to be going more traditional mmo routes with regards tot eh gameplay loop design (stuff like classic cliche quest chain implementation).

star citizen may have bigger maps, but that’s not entirely interesting in itself nor is it unique (and really they are behind the curve vs their competition in getting that out there as well).

and while the ships are pretty, there’s plenty of janky assets even in 3.0 as evident in the presentation, let alone in 2.x now, gettinug close to things they didn’t think people would get close to is pretty funny at time to see these very low fidelity textures and massive polys. and that seems to be staying in their map design in 3.0 if the presentation is any indication ( check back to teh demo presentation when they go inside the wreckage – the rubbish outiside is hilariously low fidelity both texture quality and poly counts).

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shear

I always gave GTA and Rockstar in general massive nod when it came to animations, the Euphoria engine they are using for it makes everything look so fluid. I am surprised more games don’t use it.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

that tech being third party CIG should’ve licensed it instead of the boondoggle routei they’ve gone with trying to approximate it.

it became very clear to me that CR playing GTA one weekend and decided he wanted that for SC but has gone about it in teh most expensive dev hell way possible and come out with a rather poor approximation of it in the end.

i mean i don’t mind what SC has here in that regard, but it’s afar cry from the quality and just pure fluidity of it in gtao and how well avatars react to every single situation and bit of geoemtry in the map.

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I think that is giving GTA:O a lot of credit it doesn’t deserve. I mean, half the fun for me and my friends in GTA is finding all the hilarious ways that we can screw with the absolutely horrible AI. The animations in GTA aren’t bad but frankly, if they were to take the animations from say, Ghost Recon Wildlands and the combat gameplay along with it, GTA would be a FAR better game. When it comes to animations and the combat gameplay, GTA is really kind of minimalist.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

eh grw does dynamic animations way better than sc does but no where on the level of gtao. the animation engine gtao uses is without peer really when it comes to the kind of high fidelity fine details that chris roberts has talked about wanting for them in sc.

where as grw is mostly just good enough and doesn’t toot it’s own horn so it’s not really held up to gta in that regard. but probably gets rid of the kind of not so great feeling to some people physics of the movement maybe in favour of a more traditional shooter feeling.

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