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Crowfall finishes out Kickstarter worth $1,766,204

ArtCraft Entertainment’s “throne war simulator” Crowfall was officially funded this morning, with 16,936 backers pledging a grand total of $1,766,204 — over 2000 backers and $250,000 on the very last day alone. Its original goal was only $800,000.

The guild tournament introduced with a video yesterday was unlocked at $1.6 million; combat pets are in now, too. A new Kickstarter update reads,

So, what happens next? Now we get to work! We have a game to build. We refine the vision. We engage with you on the forums. We discuss our ideas (and mistakes) openly. We find the right solutions, together. And we continue to seek out our kind. Crowfall isn’t a game for everyone. But there are still players out there — brave, lost, and arguably crazy — who will share this vision. Who, like us, will HAVE to see it come to life. We need to find them, and bring them home. We won’t let you down. We’re going to show the world a new kind of online experience. Thank you for making CROWFALL a reality. We’ll see you in the game!

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Leaderboard: Did you back Crowfall?

Crowfall’s Kickstarter ends this week. In fact, it ends tomorrow. By all accounts it’s been enormously successful, both in terms of the funds received as well as the total number of backers and the positive word of mouth.

I didn’t pledge because I’m not sure I’ll play it very much, though I am interested in several of its individual selling points. What about you, MassivelyOP readers? Did you support Crowfall financially? Vote after the cut and don’t forget to tell us why (or why not) in the comments.

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Crowfall’s Kickstarter tops $1.5 million

Crowfall topped $1.5 million in crowdfunding today, which unlocked the infected ruleset and the minotaur archetype. Creative director J. Todd Coleman and design lead Thomas Blair are featured in a new video that discusses the latest milestone as well as the guild tournament system that will unlock at $1.6 million.

“We’re a little sparse on the details because we didn’t know we were going to get this far,” Coleman says. “The design is not quite as firm, but the basic idea is that guilds compete in a series of single-elimination tournaments until eventually one guild comes out on top.” The artifacts and relics reward system will then enable the winners to display paraphernalia in their home campaign world.

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You can now try The Crew for free on consoles

If you’re still curious about Ubisoft’s online racer The Crew, I’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is that if you’re a PC gamer, you’re out of luck. The good news is that if you fancy playing the game on a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One, you can now do so at no charge thanks to the new free trial.

You get two hours of free time, and any progress you make will carry over to the full game should you decide that it’s worth a purchase.

[Source: Free trial; thanks Dengar!]


Starship Empire gives you command of your own ship and crew

How much would a decent intergalactic starship cost? If you said $10,000, you are totally dreaming — but you also might be in luck if you’re willing to settle for a mere video game. A new indie project, Starship Empire, is asking for $10K on Kickstarter to purchase better artwork for this stellar ship simulator.

Starship Empire gives you command of not only your own ship but a crew as well, and then it sets you loose to trade, explore, and get into a whole heck of a lot of real-time PvP fights. The big twist with this game is that a lot of the action takes place inside the ship as you order your crew around. The developer is billing it as “Star Control meets FTL plus multiplayer.”

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Blizzard sues Chinese mobile games studio for Warcraft infringement

Chinese mobile game studio Lilith Games is the target of a new lawsuit by Blizzard Entertainment for allegedly infringing on copyrighted material from the Warcraft universe. Lilith’s DOTA Legend, also known as Soul Clash, features rocket-riding goblins, blue Elves, and hefty minotaurs.

The suit was filed with the Taipei District prosecutor’s office. Blizzard COO Paul Sams said that such a move was necessary to protect IP rights: “We strongly believe that DOTA Legend infringes on our Warcraft and World of Warcraft copyrights and trademarks, and we are aggressively pursuing our options under the law to protect our content.”

In a bizarre twist, Lilith turned around and levied a lawsuit against US developer uCool for cloning DOTA Legend and passing it off as the title Heroes Charge. DOTA Legend is incredibly popular, climbing to the top of the region’s charts and accumulating as much as $1M per day of revenue.

[Source: Game Politics, Good Gear Guide, Pocket Gamer]


Crowfall lists more stretch goals as KS winds down

Crowfall’s latest Kickstarter update lists out a few more funding milestone updates, which is something of a break with tradition given that ArtCraft was previously announcing new stretch goals only after achieving old ones.

“We don’t necessarily expect that we will get to all of these in the next 48 hours […] but better to have them up, just in case,” the team explains. Fifteen thousand backers will unlock VR headset support, while the $1.5 million milestone will enable an expanded ruleset (The Infected) and a minotaur archetype.

[Source: Kickstarter]


The Secret World extends its multi-issue sale to veterans, throws week-long event

Nobody likes getting cut out of a good deal. When The Secret World announced that it was selling a generously discounted “enhanced player experience” pack for new players this week, veterans felt rankled that they got the short end of the sale stick.

Fortunately, Funcom’s extended the sale so that it includes all players, including both newbies and vets. For current players who already have the core game, the E.P.E. pack sale bundles Issues #5 through 8 for $20. You can access it under “special offers and upgrades” on your account page. The sale ends on March 31st.

The Secret World is also holding a new golden week event through April 1st with double AP, the golden golem world boss, and various discounts.

[Source: Official forums. Thanks to Crow, Nordavind, and Derrick for the tip!]


Crowfall passes $1.4 million in fundraising, eyes Minotaurs

In the final hours of Crowfall’s Kickstarter campaign, the community and studio are racing to see just how high they can push that final tally. Just two days after passing $1.3M in donations, the throne war simulator has topped $1.4M in funds.

This new milestone reached, Crowfall will make good on its pledge to include the three-faction ruleset as well as the artifacts and relics system into the core game. The team added a $1.5M stretch goal of a Minotaur archetype plus a 12-faction campaign ruleset.

If you’re riding the campaign excitement train right now, you’ll definitely want to read this new interview with Gordon Walton on Crowfall’s many systems as well as watch the following $1.4M crowdfunding update video!

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H1Z1 has sold a million copies on Steam

I think you’ll agree with me that Daybreak could really use some good news right about now, and today, it’s got some. Daybreak President John Smedley tweeted last night that the company has sold a million copies of zombie survival sandbox H1Z1 on the Steam platform, earning grats from no less than Crowfall’s Raph Koster.

Smed let loose with a few other nuggets of interest: He rejected the assertion that “hackers reign” over the game (“Untrue, but thanks,” he wrote); he told followers that “roughly 30% of the playerbase is playing BR [battle royale]”; and he confirmed that H1Z1 is headed for the PS4. Grouping is still on the way, Aussie servers are now open, and another 5000 cheaters have been banned. All in all, it’s a good time to be an H1Z1 player… and maybe a bad time to be a zombie.

[Source: Twitter. Thanks, Chrisanne.]


Elder Scrolls Online console preorders are now open

Having relaunched The Elder Scrolls Online as a buy-to-play, sub-optional PC game last week, ZeniMax has now announced pre-orders for the console versions of the game. The game will officially launch on the PS4 and Xbox One on June 9th of this year.

The studio will offer two editions for each platform: The standard edition grants a minipet and bonus treasure maps plus the ability to roll any race in any alliance, while the Imperial edition includes the requisite physical map, 12″ statue, 224-page illustrated book, an extra minipet, duoing rings, a horse mount, and the chance to roll up an Imperial character.

Still thinking about picking up the game on PC? Of course you are. You’re an MMO player. Check out YouTuber Elloa’s tips video below before you do.

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Dave Georgeson talks all things MMOs

Have you missed the enthusiastic Dave Georgeson since he got the boot from Daybreak last month? Well, he certainly hasn’t gone into seclusion; Georgeson has been making the rounds talking about his experiences, and the latest sounding board for his wisdom is the Level Up Morning Show.

If you’ve got an hour-and-a-half to spare, you can listen to Georgeson comment on the MMO industry in length. Warning: This may trigger nostalgia and longing in some veteran EverQuest hearts.

[Source: LUMS #35 via]


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