Camelot Unchained hypes Saturday Night Sieges, promises big announcements next month

Settle in, folks, because it’s Camelot Unchained monthly newsletter day — and that means plenty of good reading for those excited about this RvR title.

One of the big topics this month was the preparation for something that the team is calling Saturday Night Sieges. These beta activities, according to Mark Jacobs, “are intended to distill down some of the most fun aspects of our game into the form of scenarios, and allow our players to interact with each other in the same way as they will in the LIVE game.”

Jacobs said that these Sieges will grow as the team ropes more players in to test elements that will be present in the live game, such as siege engines, building destruction, and a full arsenal of weapons. The best part? When Saturday Night Sieges meets the teams goals, the game will officially be in Beta 1 testing.

Oh, and here’s a maddening promise from Jacobs himself: “By the end of January, at the latest, you’ll be glad that you stuck around to see how things come out, as we will have a lot to talk about. And all of it will be good, I promise. And no, we’re not adding lockboxes, selling the company, switching engines, or anything like that. Lots of good news on the way.”

Want more from Jacobs? He spoke to us this week on the state of wages in the industry.

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Buddy Barlow

The scenario stuff is ok? I guess but it just rips the open world aspect of what’s gonna make CU so great. I’m too a point where i’ll take it and test it but i’m seriously ready to run around in this world and start getting to the RvR.

I really expected to see another B1 delayed stream with MJ explaining what’s wrong and why there’s another delay.

On another note, i saw the item stats on items and it’s horrendous…it’s like 4 paragraphs of stats/weights/resistances and a ton of other junk…please do not tell me that’s gonna be the item system. I felt like i needed to put on a pair of reading glasses and sick back with a cold brew to read over just 1 item..

And 1 more note…can we PLEASE get some class information stream going on here??? Some skills …something!

Mukit
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Mukit

‘Lots of good news on the way…. And no, we’re not adding lockboxes, selling the company, switching engines, or anything like that.’

So that leaves…

…adding a ‘$100,000 You Win Everything All The Time’ backer tier,
…including a Rubber Duck race (and its totally canon),
…accepting only Bitcoin in the Store,
…converting the game to mobile only (just Android!),
…changing the game’s name to ‘Better Than Warcraft By a Long Shot’.

C’mon, Mark, we hate waiting. Just tell us already!

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vinicitur

That made me lol. :)

But I would prefer one of these three:

-The beta class presentation from Ben
-The complete crafting documentation
-the beta date

tinnis_
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tinnis_

@Mark – in light of the delay are there any updated approx timespan plans as to how long ‘beta’ may end up lasting in terms of time and whether any features/classes previously defined as ‘extender pack’ / post launch has been adjusted in light of the delay as well?

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Buddy Barlow

Gonna go out and say easily 12-14 months of beta, if not longer. Knowing how big the game is and how small the team is… i expect a very very long beta process.

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Justin Bourgeois

So f*cking happy to see this update. I am a 1st day kickstarter backer and I’ve been in the alpha for a while now. So glad we will have a game to play now instead of just a gaming system. The work that is being done on this game is truly amazing. I cannot wait to jump in and kill MJ :)

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Mark Jacobs

Killing me is easy, just ask the guys in the office. :)

And I look forward, I hope, to killing you too!

And, as a Kickstarter Backer, I thank you for your support and patience.

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rafael12104

Man, I have to say, I’m really looking forward to this. I have not spent money on this game yet, but I think it is time to weigh in.

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Mark Jacobs

At this point, wait till you see the videos of at least an early SNS before backing. You’ve patiently waited, make us earn your patronage a bit longer. :)

I do appreciate and thank you for your ongoing interest and I do hope that we earn your backing down the road.

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drgreenhoe

After years of behind the scenes work on building their own engine and such we are finally starting to see the eye candy. Soon we will be able to touch elements of the actual game. If you are a backer that is. The fun begins now as testers will not only be able to kill each other but the siege warfare as well with destructible structures and physics.

The door has cracked open and we can now see a glimpse of things to come. :)

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Mark Jacobs

Yep, well said, very well said. Thanks!

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Alex Malone

For those with an interest in this game but who aren’t following it closely, I would recommend reading their Beta 1 document : http://camelotunchained.com/v3/beta-1/

It’s long (50 pages) but well worth it as it describes what you can expect to see/play during beta 1. It’s a pretty impressive list, but more importantly it will start to highlight some of the fundamental differences in the design philosophy of CU compared to “normal” MMORPGs.

I think on the surface of it, the game doesn’t look too special – 3 way RvRvR with large scale battles and player-built structures. All sounds good but we’ve heard such promises before. But, when you actually scratch beneath the surface, Mark and his team have really taken a fundamental look at the way MMOs are designed and are challenging a lot of the underlying issues. It’s a risky strategy, but I really feel that the team are building an MMO to last and that will be fun for a wider range of players than you might expect.

Can’t wait for Beta 1 and the SNS!

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Mark Jacobs

They are going to be fun, lots of fun. Frankly, as I’ve told our Backers, Beta 1 will be more fun than we originally planned on it being for a number of reasons. One of those reasons I’ll explain next month.

Thanks, as always, for the support and kind words.

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Daniel Miller

Awhile back I paid 190 for the lifetime sub. Jacobs himself stated it ever go f2p sub. So as long as he keeps his word I got free game for life.

Compare that to these skins for land or things to ride and fly in star citizen, or The insane Ashes of creation boxes, or Shrouds of avatar, or Chronicails of Elesira And now Crowfall with there huge items. I feel i got a good deal :)

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Mark Jacobs

We’ll never go FTP with Camelot Unchained as long as I’m in charge. I believe promises should be kept, and I made this promise to our KS Backers and thus, I’ll keep it.

Thanks for the support, your patience will be rewarded, sooner, rather than later.

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Bryan Correll

I can has crafting?

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Daniel Miller

Yes it has lots of it. You can play the whole game as a crafter I hear and seen videos.

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Bryan Correll

I meant soon!
But I’m not really rushing them. I’ve already got my lifetime sub, but I’m trying not to follow the development too closely (at least until beta that is) so I don’t get burned out.

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Mark Jacobs

Sure can B.C., thought you already knew that. Lots of craftings. :)

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Slaasher

Oh my God! I’m officially excited.
I have been staying away from alpha/ beta testing games because im burned out from it all BUT I just cant help myself with this one.

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Mark Jacobs

Me too, it’s been too long since I’ve been truly excited, as just opposed to happy.

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Knox Harrington

Dear Mark,

Please do your best to finish the game before Trump’s tweets end up starting World War 3. I’d like to play CU before I’m vaporized. Thanks.

Sincerely,
Someone who clearly didn’t put too much
Butterscotch Schnapps in their coffee today

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Slaasher

Hmm butterscotch……

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Knox Harrington

By itself it isn’t good but in coffee, it’s divine

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Mark Jacobs

We’re certainly moving at a much better pace these days.

BTW, in terms of being vaporized, CSE is in-between Washington, D.C. and the cloud server capitol of the US (or we will be there soon) of Loudoun County, Va. So…

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Knox Harrington

Well at least I know I’ll have good latency before the apocalypse lol

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Mark Jacobs

Hehe, yep! Always look on the bright side of life!

Coolit
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Coolit

I’m genuinely looking forward to CU and I have faith City State will deliver the goods.

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Mark Jacobs

Thanks! We hope to reward that faith sooner, rather than later.

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