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.
This week in MMO crowdfunding, we sent MOP's Matt Daniel into Crowfall, from which he emerged with many opinions on the state of the game's high-profile crafting and gathering systems. Economy folks should give it a read!
There are two MMO-related Kickstarters ending this week you may be interested in. Arena brawler RUiN is about 200 bucks from funding as I type this, so it's going to happen for sure. Caribbean Conquest's second go at Kickstarter, however, is likely to fall short; it's secured only about $2000 in pledges of its $30,000-ish goal with only a few days left.
What else is new? Worlds Adrift got a new website (thanks, Daras!), Project Gorgon rolled out a new patch, Albion Online released videos on its sound and music, Elite Dangerous began testing part of the Commanders patch, Camelot Unchained teased beta 1, and Ashes of Creation demoed its gameplay.
Finally, get thee over to Steam, where a trial of Shroud of the Avatar can currently be had entirely for free.
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.
It was a busy week for new MMO Kickstarters!
- Mekria Online joins the Make My MMO watch list; it's a PvP-heavy MMO seeking $110,000.
- RUiN joins up too, though as a PvP arena brawler, it's a bit on our fringes. It's already at half its goal with a month left to go. (Thanks, Zanetski!)
- and Age of Sail MMO Caribbean Conquest is back online with its second Kickstarter (the first was canceled last year).
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!
Shroud of the Avatar is about to get a new dude -- a new male avatar, that is. Come release 28, SOTA's art team will unleash him into the world. Portalarium's latest dispatch also includes a walkthrough and some gorgeous screenshots of Brittany (no relation to Britannia, we're sure) and the Halls of Artifice.
We welcome two new games to the Make My MMO list this week. As promised, Sacrament's Kickstarter went live this week; Ferocity Unbound Core Studios seeks $250,000 to make its sandboxy MMO. And Age of Sail MMO Caribbean Conquest hopes to raise $42,000 and change via Kickstarter to continue its development.
Meanwhile, Grim Dawn tuned its difficulty modes, Camelot Unchained got a new alpha patcher, and Pantheon talked up its old-school magic.
Read on for more on what's up with MMO crowdfunding this week and the roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we've got our eye on!
Pirates, tall ships, the Age of Sail -- wait, haven't we seen this before? Perhaps so, but Invenio Interactive thinks it can do this niche genre better with its upcoming Caribbean Conquest.
The title will put an emphasis on realm-vs.-realm combat and economy, with plenty of opportunities for trade, boarding parties, and ship battles. Customization, down to player-designed pennants, will also help to distinguish this game. And yes, players can choose the virtuous life of a privateer for one of five countries or enter the devil's own service as a pirate. It will be pay-to-play with a level-free design.
Caribbean Conquest recently launched its Kickstarter campaign to raise $42,975 for further development. The team said that it's trying to capture "the point" of MMOs in the creation of this game: "We believe online gaming is about creating memorable moments with friends and strangers alike. We believe gaming should be an experience, and that online gaming is an experience to be shared."