dual universe

Official Site: Dual Universe
Studio: Novaquark
Launch Date: Planned for 2018
Genre: Sci-fi sandbox
Business Model: Subscription
Platform: PC

Make My MMO: Star Citizen’s alpha 3.0 has been delayed again (July 9, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, Star Citizen dropped more than just its work on procedural planets and moon: It also posted its 3.0 production schedule report, which shows that Cloud Imperium will once again delay the release of alpha 3.0, chiefly from a desire to polish and work on the UI. 3.0 is now scheduled to go fully live in late August following a month in the hands of the elite Evocati player testers, which lines up nicely with Gamescom.

Meanwhile, Shroud of the Avatar raised another $100,000 during a stream, City of Titans demoed its costume-building, Mystic Worlds narrated a ton of Star Citizen fanfic, OrbusVR recapped its sixth closed alpha test, and Albion Online is gearing up for launch in just over a week.

We also added the wacky OARPG Global Adventures to our watch list; its Kickstarter is live now. You might remember studio SubaGames from its revivals of both Luna Online and Dream of Mirror Online!

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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Dual Universe winds down founder packs, posts planet-to-moon seamless flight footage

If you haven’t picked up a founder pack for Dual Universe, you’re going to want to rectify that soon. Novaquark wrote in a recent Kickstarter newsletter that it plans to end the purchase of founder packs come September 7th, the anniversary of the sci-fi sandbox’s successful Kickstarter.

“Obviously we couldn’t extend it forever and now it’s time to move on to the next stage,” writes the studio. “After September 7th, we will temporarily disable the Crowdfunding portal. No new pledges or upgrades will be possible once the portal is disabled. We will reopen the Crowdfunding Portal later in Q4 2017 with new Supporter Packs. Supporter Packs will include different rewards than Founder Packs and the Lifetime Subscription reward won’t be available anymore.”

So how’s the game itself coming along? Not too shabbily; this week Novaquark posted pre-alpha footage of a ship flying seamlessly from a moon to its planet. That seems to be a theme today, yeah?

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Dual Universe on playtesting, the planetary map, and summer cons

Kickstarted indie sci-fi sandbox Dual Universe has posted its monthly update this week with a meaty dev vlog from Novaquark’s JC Baillie.

Baillie says that his team is moving away from introducing new features and toward polishing what’s already live and functional in the pre-alpha. That includes working with a third-party company for playtesting. Paid testers – crazy huh! While the studio won’t be at E3 next week, it is promising early alpha previews at the major cons (namely, Gamescom and PAX West) later this summer.

The rest of the video focuses on the game content itself, including moon take-offs, the planetary map (it’s pretty slick!), atmospheric effects, and new art assets.

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Make My MMO: Wild West Online debuts, Ashes of Creation nears $2M (May 13, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, 612 Games announced Wild West Online, a US western-themed game that the devs are definitely calling an MMO, though it looks decidedly hardcore and may not have as much PvE as we’re all used to. It will indeed be coming to Kickstarter eventually, so watch this space!

Ashes of Creation’s Kickstarter rolled along this week as well, nearing $2M as I write this. On Friday, we even sat down with the devs for a livestreamed interview.

Meanwhile, Shroud of the Avatar kicked off its free trial for the rest of May, Dual Universe’s Kickstarter update discussed its new digs, OrbusVR recapped its latest alpha and previewed the Musketeer class, ROKH prepared for this week’s early access launch, and Crowfall spent the whole week teasing… something! We still don’t officially know what it is!

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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Dual Universe hits another stretch goal, shows seamless interplanetary travel

Thanks to pledges through its website, Dual Universe recently crossed the €650,000 line and hit another stretch goal. Now the game will include combat constructs, such as turrets and shields. Now the stretch goal that’s on deck is a bounty system if €725,000 can be reached.

The team posted its April development update this week, saying that the game now has all of the pieces to allow players to take off from one planet and travel to and land on another. The video also showed off an ice planet made of voxels, the basics of crafting, element 3-D models, and the building helper UI.

Check it out after the break!

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Make My MMO: Crowfall adds geomancy and architecture skills (April 29, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, Crowfall canceled its weekend playtest, but not before issuing a dev blog updating the community on some of the crafting changes that are in the latest builds, including the addition of Geomancy (using precious stone, wood, and ore to make land parcels that can combine into larger ones) and Architecture (which lets players craft deeds for buildings as well as crafting stations and city structures — sound familiar, SWG vets?).

Out in space, a group of core Elite Dangerous community developers went on strike briefly this week, bringing their websites and tools back online once Frontier had agreed to better support them. That was good timing, as players are in the middle of a massive roleplay event that will affect the outcome of an in-progress novel based on the game.

Meanwhile, Shroud of the Avatar dropped Release 41, City of Titans talked about its “aesthetic decoupling” philosophy, Pantheon updated players on its finances, OrbusVR completed its first closed alpha test, and the Dual Universe team moved into a new office.

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: Star Citizen’s roadmap, Elite Dangerous’ Commanders, and Starfighter’s successful Kickstarter (April 15, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, it’s been a battle of the space MMOs.

  • Elite: Dangerous rolled out its Commanders 2.3 update, introducing what our own Justin dubbed “sitting in cockpits” — you won’t be walking in stations per se, but you will at least be able to roll up impressively detailed avatars and multi-crew your spaceships.
  • Late last night, Star Citizen published its 2017 development roadmap, suggesting that 3.0 will arrive this summer, though it’ll be less ambitious in scope than originally planned, as some of its features will be pushed to later in the year.
  • And congrats are due to Starfighter Inc., which pulled off a big Kickstarter win earlier this afternoon and takes home over $170,000.

Meanwhile, Ashes of Creation posted some gorgeous new concept art, Dual Universe posted its latest newsletter and video dev diary with alpha footage, Crowfall canceled its weekend playtest but made headway on expanding gender for its classes, Valiance Online showed off its special effects, and Kickstarted Planet Nomads geared up for early access next week.

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: Ship of Heroes’ canceled Kickstarter, Edengrad’s early access (April 8, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, City of Heroes-inspired superhero MMORPG Ship of Heroes launched its Kickstarter, seeking $400,000. But three days later, Heroic Games canceled the crowdfunding attempt, saying it believed it “went to Kickstarter too early.” The new plan is to return to development, raise awareness, take donations through the website, and retool development based on its current level of funding, meaning a potentially smaller but earlier game.

In happier news, congrats are due to post-apoc sandbox Edengrad, which successfully launched into early access. Edengrad was funded last year for over $50,000 US thanks to Kickstarter backers.

Meanwhile, Dual Universe reached another stretch goal, Worlds Adrift launched its 6.0 update, Grim Dawn detailed the Necromancer class coming in its first expansion, Elite: Dangerous dropped its cash shop prices permanently, Starfighter Inc. continues to inch its way toward its Kickstarter end, and Shroud of the Avatar is in the midst of another free trial period.

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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Dual Universe crosses $690,550 stretch goal, eyes bounty system

How big can two universes get? Dual Universe is pushing the boundaries this month as community donations propelled it past another stretch goal.

Dual Universe met its 650,000€ ($690,550) “construct vs. construct” stretch goal, enabling the developers to include combat-oriented elements such as turrets and shields into the game world. That means that there is only one stretch goal remaining: the bounty system at 725,000€. The devs reiterated that they will not be adding any more stretch goals to the game until launch in order to avoid feature creep.

The team also released a project update video on the various bits of development going on, including allowing players to land their spaceships on top of flying constructs (such as floating aircraft carriers). Watch it below!

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Dual Universe fan trailer: ‘This is true massive multiplayer’

Have you ever noticed that sometimes fans can put together trailers that put the originals to shame? I mean, look at this “modern” Empire Strikes Back trailer and tell me that didn’t get you pumped up to watch it again.

One Dual Universe fan took fate by the hand and created a one-minute trailer that is cobbled together from pre-alpha footage. While the action is a little janky, the new voiceover gives it sufficient gravitas while making a case for why this sci-fi MMO is a game to watch.

Give it a watch after the break!

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Make My MMO: Elite’s Commanders, SOTA’s R40, Starfighter’s AMA (April 1, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, Elite: Dangerous rather unceremoniously announced on social media that the 2.3 Commanders update will launch around the middle of April — this is the huge update with multicrew ship functionality and the character creation system. (Thanks, ThatLanteshGuy!)

Meanwhile, Shroud of the Avatar launched its 40th update, Sweden jumped into small-scale equity crowdfunding with FundedByMe, Dual Universe reassured players about its video graphics, Edengrad hits early access this coming week, and Starfighter, Inc. held an AMA to promote its ongoing Kickstarter.

We also hosted Legends of Aria founder Derek Brinkmann on a special edition of the podcast this week, so if you’re curious about the large-scale future of what used to be the more small-scale Shards Online, give it a thorough listen. Then 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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Betawatch: The Repopulation is back in the saddle again (March 17, 2017)

It has been an odd and not altogether happy ride for The Repopulation, but the good news is that the game is back into a playable state. It’s also the exact same game from when it got shut down, so if you were expecting some huge changes, you will be somewhat disappointed. And, you know, there’s the whole change in ownership that’s left a bad taste in many people’s mouths. Still, it’s online!

Other beta stuff also happened this week as it turns out. Which is good and hopefully will be less depressing. Let’s see.

Some of that still found a way to be sort of a downer, huh? Well, you can check out the full list of games in testing below, perhaps that will bring you more joy. As always, let us know if something hopped test phases in the comments! We’re trying to get rid of all the cash shops that take your money in supposed beta tests, but they’re remarkably resilient. Some of us suspect there’s a hive.

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Dual Universe announces alpha delay

You’re going to have to wait a little while longer to see a playable version of Dual Universe, as the team announced last Friday that it will be delaying the alpha release to September, with a possible preview in August.

“We first aimed at the first half of 2017, as we said many times in interviews,” the team reported in a video. “But we feel today that we will need a bit more time to include a more complete game and a better experience.”

It’s not all just bummer news about delays from this sci-fi title, however. Dual Universe has been growing thanks to new placement tools, more finished ship design elements, and a rendering technique that will show planet surfaces in breathtaking detail when you’re halfway between the ground and outer space.

Check out the February update video after the break!

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