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Make My MMO: The Star Citizen lawsuit and Camelot’s weed (December 16, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, eyebrows across the ‘verse rose as Crytek filed a lawsuit alleging that the studios behind Star Citizen and Squadron 42 were in violation of Crytek’s copyrights in regard to CryEngine. In a statement to Massively OP, however, CIG denied that it was still using CryEngine and said it planned to fight back. “This is a meritless lawsuit that we will defend vigorously against, including recovering from Crytek any costs incurred in this matter.”

Over on the Camelot Unchained blog, CSE is busy working on plot and item permissions tech, scenarios, combat, skill buttons (no word on that I-win button, sorry), NPC AI, large group UI, deflect animations, the place of power, armor, and weeds. No, actual weeds. And dead trees. What did you think I meant?

Meanwhile, OrbusVR hit early access, Albion Online tweaked Kay and updated its rewards, Elite’s Thargoids finally started fighting back, and Crowfall raised a bunch of new money from investors. And the much-anticipated Ashes of Creation and Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen launched their respective pre-alphas for elite and specially selected early backers.

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Perfect Ten: 20 upcoming MMOs to watch in 2018

It has become a long-standing tradition as Massively OP and our former site that we like to end the year by creating a list of titles that we anticipate for the coming one. It has always been a devilish list to create, full of loose dates and fast guesswork about which titles will and won’t be releasing during a 12-month window (just read last year’s list to see how spot-on I was).

This year we’re changing things up a bit by tossing out the qualifying factor of “will see a hard launch in 2018.” Instead, I drafted up a list of 20 MMOs that have the potential to do or be really interesting next year, whether that be a launch, a long-anticipated beta test, or some other significant development. Plus, hey, you get 20 for the price of 10, so no complaining now!

As an aside, this list isn’t going to cover some other exciting-looking multiplayer games that are arriving in 2018, like AnthemSea of ThievesThe Crew 2Monster Hunter WorldDayZRed Dead Redemption 2Stardew Valley, Conan Exiles, and State of Decay 2. And you old school fans won’t want to forget that Ultima Online has a new free-to-play option coming this spring.

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Ask Mo: Counting the hits and misses of our 2017 predictions

As we do every year, today we’re going to peer back into the depths of last year’s staff predictions for the genre and the games within it to determine just how we fared. After all, what would be the fun of making predictions if we couldn’t have a laugh at how wrong we were a year later? So let’s dig in and find out whether we nailed it or failed it!

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Chronicles of Elyria to start taking name reservations next month

Thinking about reserving a character name in Chronicles of Elyria? It’s going to cost you, but if you’re willing to pony up the dough, you should be sitting pretty some time next month.

Soulbound Studios announced this week that it will start taking family surname reservations in January. The studio explained that this is more important than your typical MMO: “When you reserve a surname, that surname becomes a part of the game’s history. Every character is born to a family in Chronicles of Elyria, and it’s possible new characters will be born into your dynasty and will inherit your surname! Once you reserve a surname, no other player can claim it; it belongs to you, and you alone!”

There are some hoops to be jumped through in order to lock in your surname, however. You’ll need to either buy a minimum $135 pledge package by itself or unlock the a la carte store by buying a minimum $45 pledge package and then picking up the surname option for another $25 (so, $70 total). Additionally, surnames will be reserved according to player influence, so those with more in their account get dibs over the rest of the crowd.

Yeah, you’re probably not going to get “Stark” and “Baggins.” Sorry to break it to you.


Make My MMO: Camelot Unchained inches closer to beta one (December 2, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, Camelot Unchained’s weekly progress report is on the shorter side (for CSE) given that the game’s monthly newsletter just went out, but there are some interesting tidbits within, including the fact that the studio is considering uprooting the game’s hosting services and migrating elsewhere. The team’s also been working on battlegrounds and warbands, status effects, animations, female clothing, tech stuff, and boats.

In great news for anybody still lamenting World of Darkness, victory seems assured for vampire MMORPG Shadow’s Kiss, whose Kickstarter should conclude on Tuesday with more than double its ask.

Meanwhile, Elite Dangerous patched its patch, Shroud of the Avatar is hosting a Movember team, Valiance Online teased female toons, Project Gorgon is planning its next update early tomorrow morning, we spoke to Mark Jacobs about developer wages, Ship of Heroes prepped its combat alpha, and Star Citizen drove eyebrows to the sky by announcing the pre-sale of land claims in space.

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.

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Chronicles of Elyria instigates a popularity contest over the last throne

Just a friendly reminder that Chronicles of Elyria is still trying to raffle off one of its few remaining in-game thrones to the most popular fan who can get everyone else to drop real money on him or her. Oh, that reminder doesn’t come from us, by the way; it comes via a new ad that pushes the promotion.

This raffle is really odd in how it’s structured. Basically, fans buy these “kingdom tokens” for $10 to gift to someone else in an effort to put them on the throne. No matter if this ends up succeeding or not, the giver will get 100 exposition points (theoretically a $10 value) and the receiver 50 EP for the transaction.

On December 31st, the player with the most kingdom tokens will be named monarch of a kingdom on the Luna server, with the next 150 players receiving modified royal or courtier packages. Soulbound is encouraging candidates to drum it up in the community.

It should be noted that there are some restrictions, such as current nobility can’t participate and people without any package tied to an account can’t give or receive tokens.


Chronicles of Elyria lays out one of its servers’ history in an animated video

If your favorite part of the Lord of the Rings films was the exposition-heavy introduction, then Chronicles of Elyria has a treat for you this week. Soulbound Studio put out a new video that details the complex back history of one of the servers, complete with moving illustrations.

Chronicles of Elyria is a deep MMORPG made up of player run countries where the developers involve the community to define the unique lore for their server,” the team said. “Each of the monarchies in this cinematic are present on the Luna (NA-East) server and are created and run by players!”

Following a couple of minutes of lore, the studio pushes its raffle of the last unpurchased monarchy. Aspiring community leaders pop in to make the case why you should support them with your money. It doesn’t feel weird at all!

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Make My MMO: Vampire MMO Shadow’s Kiss has almost doubled its Kickstarter ask (November 11, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, the Shadow’s Kiss devs must be stoked beyond belief, as not only has their Kickstarter reached its goal but it’s almost to double now with three weeks remaining. Thus far, backers of the indie vampire fantasy MMORPG have unlocked stretch goals including a crafting systems, ritual magic system, and some sort of tenebrous tentacles thing, with narration and music on the way when they break the $50,000 mark.

Meanwhile, Crowfall demoed its Cleric class, Star Citizen explained how space travel won’t be boring, Ship of Heroes worked on character customization, and Elite Dangerous launched on Xbox One X.

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.

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Chronicles of Elyria begins selling individual perks, shows character customization

No longer will you have to pay a large lump sum for bundles just to gain certain perks in Chronicles of Elyria. If you have your sight set on only one or two extras, Soulbound Studio is now happy to accept your money in exchange for a la carte items.

The studio began selling individual rewards on the 1st, allowing players to buy into testing phases, pick up mounts and pets, and even get their name inscribed on tombstones around the game world. The last item, by the way, will result in a donation being made for the International Association for Suicide Prevention.

It’s not just cash shop sales this fall, however. Soulbound Studio recently showed off some of the character creation options that its using for both the MMO and its visual MUD predecessor.

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Chronicles of Elyria makes a case for an unique MMO world — with undergarments

Still a little confused about what Chronicles of Elyria is trying to do that we haven’t seen before? The dev team has put together a six-and-a-half minute video that makes a case for Elyria’s unique approach and features. This includes, we should note, getting to pick out your “undergarments” and growing fat.

“It’s good storytelling to put people in uncomfortable situations or push them beyond their limits,” said Executive Producer Vye Alexander. “And that’s what is going to set Chronicles of Elyria apart.”

The Elyria team said that the project now has about 150,000 registered fans on the website and will include the community in helping to create and shape the game world. Check the video out after the break and let us know if it sways your opinion!

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Chronicles of Elyria raffles off a throne, retools community event to avoid exploits

Strange things are afoot in Chronicles of Elyria. For starters, there is a single throne available on a North American server that’s up for grabs. Instead of simply selling it outright, the team has decided to raffle it off in a convoluted format.

Basically, fans will have to buy $10 tokens to gift to players that each one feels is the best to lead this kingdom. These tokens do convey 100 EP to the purchaser and 50 EP to the receiver on top of being part of this raffle. At the end of the year, the most popular recipient will be given the throne.

Not all players are delighted with this decision. As one poster pointed out in the forum, this is a glorified (and paid) popularity contest, ignores open monarch spots on an Oceanic server, and excludes fans of other regions and servers from taking part.

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Make My MMO: Star Citizen’s procedural cities, Camelot Unchained’s beta tester rewards (October 28, 2017)

Ever wanted to walk around on Coruscant? Star Citizen may be granting your wish, or at least a solid approximation. During this weekend’s CitizenCon, Cloud Imperium’s Chris Roberts demoed a slice of the persistent universe mechanics, showing off detailed cityscapes and procedural generation at work on planetary surfaces. It’s truly stunning for sure, especially in conjunction with Roberts’ announcement that the studio will be switching to a “date-driven content release schedule,” and it’s taken the backer community’s mind off of the 3.0 alpha (still in Evocati testing) and Squadron 42 (more news promised in December) as people pour more money into the game (163M and counting now).

Meanwhile, Camelot Unchained delivered a new chunk of its beta doc with its “plans for making the rest of Alpha and then Beta 1 a much more fun and rewarding activity than it has been to date.” Specifically, CSE is implementing what it’s calling “The Dragon Circle,” a proper testing framework featuring focused tests and weekend siege events that will reward beta participants with everything from “temporary cosmetic items to permanent items, tier upgrades, and even cash rewards.”

In other MMO crowdfunding news, City of Titans showed off its animation blending, Valiance Online teased its latest update, Richard Garriott threw shade on EA’s historical business practices, and Pantheon surprised MMO players with it hefty price on pre-alpha testing.

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.

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Chronicles of Elyria on a la carte prices, skins, and this weekend’s convention game

Looking to just buy your way into an exclusive alpha program? Want to put your name on a star or tombstone? Thinking about adopting a pet? Chronicles of Elyria has you covered on all of this and more.

The fantasy MMORPG is getting ready to offer a la carte shop options, allowing players to pick and choose their advance purchases as the title trundles through development. There are many options to pick from, including Beta 2 access ($20), Alpha 1 access ($155), the soundtrack ($10), the option to name a landmark ($100), and a server-exclusive coat of arms ($25). The tombstone thing is quite real, by the way, and half of the profit of each one sold will be donated to the International Association for Suicide Prevention.

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