dogma eternal night

Official Site: Dogma: Eternal Night (fka Project Dogmat)
Studio: Prelude Games Factory
Launch Date: N/A
Genre: Vampire Themepark
Business Model: N/A
Platform: PC

Make My MMO: Shards becomes Legends of Aria, The Repopulation revivifies (March 11, 2017)

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.

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Make My MMO: Elite Dangerous betas Commanders 2.3 next month (January 28, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Frontier announced that the beta for Elite Dangerous' 2.3 update, dubbed Commanders, will release to Horizons beta players on February 26th. "Elite Dangerous: The Commanders (2.3) will come with features such as Multicrew and Commander Creator, as well as a number of other improvements and changes," the studio declared. "Bring your friends or invite new crew mates to pack that extra punch you might need in key situations, and add more personality to your Commander with an all-new visual upgrade."

Meanwhile, Albion Online is running a tourney this weekend, Shroud of the Avatar released its 38th update, and Worlds Adrift revealed... biomes!

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!

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Dogma: Eternal Night adds starting apartment, functional UI and chat

Vampire MMO themepark Dogma: Eternal Night has an update for alpha testers. "Until recently, players could only play around in the character editor," says the team, but thanks to the latest patch,

"Players can now check out the starting location – a small flat in the city. Right now, all you can do is look around and move in it; we haven’t added object interaction yet, as we need to improve on some of its elements. We will add this as soon as possible (first half of February at the very latest). Now you’ll be able to see a working UI and even the chat system, though for now you can only talk to yourself."

The studio is currently building two modules: one that "allows interactions within your flat (whether it be the starting location or the one you buy later)" and one that "add[s] interactions outside of your haven."

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Betawatch: Hero's Song abruptly stops the music (December 30, 2017)

This kill-happy year of 2016 has claimed a lot of lives, and the last week has also killed another game. Hero's Song has been unceremoniously cancelled, with the studio shutting down and a call for all backers to collect refunds for any money invested. This may not have been unexpected news when it failed to succeed at either of its crowdfunding pushes, but it's still sad news.

Meanwhile, whilst the rest of the world was quietly recuperating, some other interesting tidbits of beta news did come out this week:

And that wraps up our betas for the year. Of course, there's still a list down below, and you can let us know if something switched test phases without us noticing... but for now, we're just going to wait until 2017. You know, in two days. Here's hoping for good news.

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Dogma: Eternal Night gets persistent demo build up and running

A small but functional demo build for Dogma: Eternal Night is up and running, laying the foundation for greater things to come in the supernatural MMO.

In a brief holiday post, the team reported that the demo client is functional, allowing users to experience a very limited peek into the game (specifically, the character creator). The demo is only capable of handling up to 100 players but does have the ability to save characters.

"In the next few months, we will be working on slowly transforming [the demo] into [an] alpha- and later on, beta-client," the team said. "Our main goal will be getting the project to a level at which it finally becomes playable. We plan to add first city locations before spring, and after that, we can finally work on full-scale interaction between these locations. We chose this step-by-step approach because we want to polish each element without any unnecessary distractions."

Source: Dogma. Thanks DDOCentral!

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Make My MMO: Camelot Unchained likes big bots and it cannot lie (November 19, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, City State Entertainment posted a happy update for Camelot Unchained: Not only has the studio fixed the chat server problems it alluded to last week, but it's been hard at work populating the test server with "just about 2000" unique bots and player testers to stress the game... and the server won. "I was flying above the a crowd of about 2K Bots and not only didn’t the game crash, but it performed well," CSE's Mark Jacobs said of the game's big bot testing. Jacobs also sat down for part two of our interview for The Game Archaeologist column, so don't miss that either!

Meanwhile, Hero's Song's early access got a new patch, Dogma: Eternal Night announced a playable build for December, Shroud of the Avatar pushed out release 36, Crowfall opened itself to unaccredited investors on a new crowdfunding platform,and an Elite: Dangerous player went on a two-day mission to rescue another player -- which he did successfully.

Finally, Star Citizen's Chris Roberts celebrated the fourth anniversary of the game's record-shattering Kickstarter by telling players that his studio will soon be making itself even more transparent by sharing internal timelines. In other words, you can stop making cheap jokes about playing Star Citizen in 2050.

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!

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Dogma: Eternal Night playable builds are coming in December

Thanks to some additional crowdfunding, Dogma: Eternal Night will be able to start rolling out playable builds starting at the end of December. These builds won't constitute a proper alpha or beta but instead will give alpha-access players the chance to test out certain systems, starting with character creation.

The team explained the reasoning behind the move: "One question that has been on everyone’s mind is when are we going to launch alpha and beta testing? To be honest, we still don’t have an ETA, but we’ve finally decided to take the first tentative step towards that and give you an opportunity to try out some of our working builds. Why not alpha or beta? Because we’re not ready to call them that but we can at least show you what we have so far."

If Dogma is able to hit its $20,000 crowdfunding goal, the team will be able to afford a more powerful server to support "thousands" of players at a time. In the meanwhile, check out the following video of crows doing what crows do best.

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Make My MMO: Hero's Song's early access, Ascent's presidency (November 12, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Hero's Song launched into early access on Steam, allowing anyone with 20 bucks into the alpha test phase. There's a launch party in San Diego next week for anyone local who wants to celebrate with Smed!

Meanwhile, Camelot Unchained spoke about its hiring efforts and graphical improvements, AdventureQuest 3D unveiled its November Reign patch, Dogma: Eternal Night teased a big announcement, Shroud of the Avatar tackled player concerns and previewed Midras and town sieges, Project Gorgon raised a third of its Indiegogo goal to date, and Albion Online teased its next big update, dubbed Faye.

Finally, if you want to live in a universe where Donald Trump isn't going to be president, try Ascent: The Space Game, where this week candidate Hubes defeated "Donald Trumpet" and several other aspirants to the colonial presidency governing the game's playerbase.

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!

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Make My MMO: Big updates for Elite Dangerous and Shroud of the Avatar (October 29, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Elite Dangerous' massive Guardians expansion went live this week, introducing new features to the space epic including multi-person crewing, NPC ferrying, new planetary discoverables, and a much improved map. Frontier's David Braben sat for a Reddit AMA during the week as well, addressing everything from exploration to multiplayer. "Yes, it is a multiplayer game," he wrote. "We are conscious that different people want to play in different ways and we want to support that. Personally I prefer PvE and co-op multiplayer, but that is mainly because I'm a bit rubbish on PvP. Many players have come across me in the depths of space, and I really like it that most would rather chat than kill me."

Meanwhile...

  • Shroud of the Avatar updated with Release 35 right on schedule! Expect improvements for the Path of Love, better cooking mechanics, and a rework for roving encounters.
  • Project Gorgon's latest update implemented a Halloween "loot extravaganza," tweaked combat, and "wide-spread changes to abilities and treasure effects."
  • Hero's Song will keep its promise to launch its backer alpha in October; it goes live on Halloween.
  • Gloria Victis made plans for female toons (stay tuned for our in-depth look at the game!).
  • And keep an eye on Antraxx, whose Kickstarter is due to wrap up on November 1st.

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!

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Dogma: Eternal Night on project funding and making NPCs come alive through dialogue

Dogma: Eternal Night has a new dev blog out this week on something a lot of people never notice because they're too busy clicking past it: dialogue windows. In roleplay heavy games, however, the UI for talking to NPCs really matters.

"The visual part was left practically unchanged: you still see a dialogue window, just like on previous screenshots," explains Prelude Games Factory. "The idea is also the same: you can determine the character’s status via heart rate scale. Using it, you can find out how the character will react to your next remark. However, we removed the limitation of “steps” in the dialogues. Right now, the player can talk to NPCs for as long as he wants, until the character’s status reaches critical level and he refuses to continue the conversation." NPCs will eventually animate while speaking.

Earlier this month, Prelude opened up a Patreon to help fund the game following its Kickstarter's unhappy ending; the team says it's working on reaching its $15,000 stretch goal next month. "While that sum is still not enough for full-scale work on the project, we will try to allocate these funds to the max," the team writes.

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Make My MMO: Kickstarted MMO AdventureQuest 3D launches open beta (October 22, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, AdventureQuest 3D burst into open beta, rolling out to players on PC, Android, and iOS. The cutesy combat MMORPG won players over during its Kickstarter a year ago, raising over $368,000 to make the game.

Meanwhile, we learned about a new referral database for Star Citizen, Guns of Icarus celebrated its fourth birthday, Wild Terra added agriculture and terraforming, Albion Online introduced persistent mounts, Elite prepped for next week's Guardians launch, Nebula Online geared up for launch next month, Dogma: Eternal Night solicited funds via Patreon, and Shroud of the Avatar teased two new locations, one a nifty lighthouse.

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!

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Dogma: Eternal Night launches Patreon to solicit extra funds

It's been a tough road for the vampire population of Dogma: Eternal Night. The indie title fell very short of its Kickstarter campaign goal late last year, which has prompted the team to investigate other methods of funding. The team has been taking pre-orders for most of 2016, and now it has launched a Patreon project to solicit a revenue stream from its fans.

The team is hoping to pull in $500 a month: "This goal allows us to further develop the project and release of our time for more efficient work. Our programmer will spend more time creating new game mechanics, scenes, and fixing bugs."

Players who pony up for the $10 tier or higher will get alpha and beta access, as well as the game's soundtrack. Those who don't mind dropping $100 a month will even get their mug plastered on wanted posters across the game's city.

Source: Patreon. Thanks CasualSlacks!

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Massively OP's guide to the best upcoming indie MMORPGs, part two

Last week, we introduced the first part of our guide to the best upcoming, in-development indie MMORPGs -- yes, the list was so long that we had to split it lest our CMS explode! So this week we're back with the other half of our list, a quick and dirty guide to many of the indie MMORPGs in development and some of the key points about each. Hint: We're not asking whether they are a sandbox with open world PvP because of course they are. As a side note, we won't be covering most of the survival sandbox and mere multiplayer titles, as that would be too great for the scope of this guide. And if you're interested in these games, then you'll definitely want to track our Make My MMO and Betawatch columns.

On with part two!

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