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Make My MMO: Pantropy’s Kickstarter ends Tuesday, Project Gorgon eyes Steam this week (March 10, 2018)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, it’s not looking great for Pantropy, whose Kickstarter is only just over half funded with only a few more days to go.

Meanwhile, Camelot Unchained is prepping for two scenario tests this weekend (the second is tomorrow, if you can catch it!), Dual Universe rolled out its new supporter packs, City of Titans took a look at character customization, Chronicles of Elyria posted a long lore piece, Elite Dangerous rolled out 3.0.2, OrbusVR previewed its talent system, Crowfall talked up its vendor system, and we streamed a first-hand look at Ship of Heroes. Plus, Project Gorgon hits Steam this coming week!

Finally, a troll informed me this week that Massively OP is nothing more than a pile of Kickstarter propaganda and some WoW and GW2 columns, so if you happened to read the 120 or editorials, streams, and articles we published this week that aren’t related to crowdfunding, good news, you imagined all that!

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

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Chronicles of Elyria starts taking surname reservations

Clutterbuck. Butterworth. Pigfat. McSneezy. Featherbottom. Wisenheimer. Horsefeathers. Dizzydame. Readmassivelyop.

All of these surnames — and more — are up for grabs over at Chronicles of Elyria. While the game is nowhere near ready to produce characters to adopt those names, backers who have purchased a Bloodline or better package or have bought the surname ability outright can grab them now. Surname reservation just went live on Thursday, allowing the community to grab “Peppypewpew” and the like for future use.

Soulbound Studio said that it’s making progress toward getting VoxElyria, the graphical MUD version of the MMO, up and running for alpha backers. It also hinted at a new design journal to come soon and another event to take place in March. Hey, Soulbound, no need to be coy; you could just come out and deliver information instead of giggling about it and then fleeing the room!


Chronicles of Elyria has ways for you to be naughty or nice this Valentine’s Day

Let’s get this out of the way right from the beginning: Yes, Chronicles of Elyria is literally selling players a chainmail bikini.

This is but one of several special Valentine’s Day gifting options that Soulbound Studio is promoting this week. If fans want to express their naughty side, well, there’s the aforementioned bikini and its accompanying whip.

For the more tender and romantic souls, there are necklaces, song birds, and a picnic basket. And if you’re ready to take your relationship to the next step in a virtual game world that hasn’t been released yet, Elyria would like to sell you a “ring of devotion” or a cottage built for two.

This sale will be running through February 19th. Please do not gift Massively OP staffers any bikinis — we’re full up, thanks.


The Daily Grind: How do you feel about the increased focus on PvP in upcoming MMOs?

Don’t look now, but PvP is coming — and it’s coming to almost every new MMO in development. It only recently hit me just how many upcoming games are being centered around PvP as a core mechanic. Camelot Unchained, Crowfall, Ashes of Creation, Wild West Online, Worlds Adrift, Dual Universe, Chronicles of Elyria, every survival sandbox you could name… all PvP, pretty much all of the time.

I don’t outright resent PvP from being in MMOs, but as a primarily PvE player, it concerns me to see a flood of this washing over titles that I would otherwise have no reservations about playing. Many of the worlds and mechanics of these games have appeal, but not at the expense of having some jerk ambush me and kill me in 1.5 seconds flat at any moment.

Heck, even Sea of Thieves’ piracy gameplay loop has triggered alarms in my head that captains will be looking to swarm the title with griefing tactics once they’re done playing the “proper” way.

Maybe I’m overreacting. How do you feel about the increased focus on PvP in upcoming MMOs? Why do you think we are seeing a rise of such games?

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Make My MMO: Camelot’s new producer, Star Citizen’s alpha 3 features, & SOTA’s R50 (January 27, 2018)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, Camelot Unchained devs say they’re getting really close to finalizing the date for beta one. This week, in addition to fiddling with the beta calendar, CSE says it’s been working on poses, rocks, casting and UI animations, new armor and weapon textures, container permissions, and performance for buildings, as well as training up the new tech producer.

Meanwhile, Shroud of the Avatar pushed out R50, Elite kicked off the beta for its next big update, we continued our tour of Project GorgonDual Universe teased new concept art, War of Rights got a wee patch, ROKH patched up (devs say they’re still “looking for the best way to make [their] come-back,” and Fragmented admitted it’s essentially in maintenance mode.

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’re following.

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Chronicles of Elyria isn’t afraid to enter the ugly zone of character creation

It’s a no-brainer that a lot of your MMO audience is going to want to create good-looking, attractive, and physically fit characters. But if you’re a studio that’s attempting to represent a virtual world populated by a wide array of human races, you might also consider the odd and off-putting as possible options.

Simply put, Chronicles of Elyria has some ugly races. Maybe that will have its own counter-cultural appeal, especially among players looking for a different experience. The 12 races — or tribes — of the game span a range of skeletal structures and facial makeups, with options available to the player to customize each upon character creation.

In addition to showing some early prototypes of the character creation process, Soulbound Studio discussed how it’s trying out simple world interaction in its upcoming VoxElyria client, merging accounts in preparation for name reservations, and handling the different languages in the game.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 154: A Prime experiment

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin hit up a week of huge MMO news, including Camelot Unchained’s investments, RIFT’s new subscription server, Devilian’s demise, and more!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Listen to the show right now:

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SpatialOS ‘tactical shooter MMO’ Project X will show off gameplay footage in February

Back in September of last year, we covered a mysterious “tactical shooter MMO” called Projext X by Automaton Games. Its chief claims to fame revolved around scale: It says it can support 1000 concurrent players to a 12km-square shared world without sacrificing graphical fidelity, set in a “huge, photoreal, and highly dynamic environment, with strong character progression, social hubs, intelligent mission systems, and global-scale player-driven narrative.” AND A PONY. OK, no ponies. But it does have a battle royale mode, so you know where this is going.

PC Gamer reports today that Automaton will debut the game’s first gameplay footage at the PC Gamer Weekender event in London in February, so expect more on the game in the next few weeks.

Also worth noting is that the game is being built partly on SpatialOS, the distributed computing platform that snagged half a billion bucks in investor funding last year – and that MMO Chronicles of Elyria just dropped because it couldn’t handle that game’s size without too much expense.

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Chronicles of Elyria’s latest cinematic pits elks vs. everything

“The only enemy more dangerous than the one you see is the one you don’t see.”

Poor Dryas Elk, they can’t catch a break. If death isn’t coming at them from the sky, then it’s trotting over the next rise with a bunch of pointy sticks. Just count yourself lucky that you aren’t one of these creatures in Chronicles of Elyria.

The plight of the elk — and we suppose, an example of the interactive ecology of the game — is delivered in the latest short cinematic from the team. It’s not super-long or super-animated, but hey, it might be enough to spark possibilities in your mind.

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Betawatch: Chronicles of Elyria hit with sizable layoffs (January 19, 2018)

So it looks like things are not all roses and light behind the scenes for Chronicles of Elyria, as the studio has apparently let several of its team members go. How many? We don’t have an exact number, just a knowledge that the team had apparently doubled in sized and is now notably reduced. Here’s hoping for the best for the people affected by the layoffs.

Other beta news? Perhaps even happier news? Sure thing. We can do that.

We can’t promise that our list below is all good news. It’s a list. It organizes entries in list format. But you can still take a look at it, and if something on that list is inaccurate, you can let us know and we can fix it. Is that good news? Maybe!

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Chronicles of Elyria confirms layoff rumors

Earlier today, we asked the Chronicles of Elyria team for a statement regarding a tip we’d received about layoffs and salary cutbacks at Soulbound, and presumably in response, the studio has published a fresh letter to the community addressing some of the rumors. Turns out they’re true, and the studio has indeed suffered a round of layoffs.

Jeromy “Caspian” Walsh explains that over the course of the last year, his team had “nearly doubled” in size, but that size was unsustainable, as the company was hoping to have secured a publisher or additional investment but hasn’t yet done so, necessitating the staff reduction.

“As a result of our change in focus, we adjusted our resources accordingly so as to be sustainable solely through sales from our online store,” he says. “Unfortunately this meant parting ways with a few of our team members. This was painful for all of us as we had developed a close bond with everyone in the studio, but it was a necessary action to move forward at the velocity and cost we need to succeed.”

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Make My MMO: Camelot Unchained’s big announcement is set for Thursday (January 13, 2018)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, Camelot Unchained fans are stocking up on big bags of popcorn because the announcement has been announced! If you care about the future of the game, you’re gonna want to show up this coming Thursday to hear what’s in store. Hint hint nudge nudge. It’s all teased in the game’s latest backer update, which further covers CSE’s progress on the engine, latency, the UI, tools, networking code, animations, and art.

Meanwhile, we got a personal tour of Ship of Heroes, Project Gorgon gently hyped its upcoming early access, Chronicles of Elyria announced it’s abandoned SpatialOS, and Elite Dangerous delivered beta and launch windows for its update chunk.

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’re following.

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