This week in MMO crowdfunding, Star Citizen officially broke the $150,000,000 crowdfunding mark, propelled along by gamers sinking large sums of cash into the latest concept ship. As Relay points out, the original Kickstarter year for the game brought in only about $7M; since then, the game has raised between $28M and $36M every year since, with the biggest year to date being 2016. On paper, the game isn’t on pace to break that record in 2017 so far, but the fansite’s estimation that it might pass $200M this year if Squadron 42 launches as planned isn’t unreasonable. (Thanks, i-Spy, Zander, and fastcart!)
Wild West Online also announced that it won’t be seeking Kickstarter funds after all as it’s already received full funding from investors. That means it probably won’t be back in Make My MMO again since it’s not crowdfunding — but take a peek at our exclusive interview on the game from earlier this week all the same.
Meanwhile, Ashes of Creation’s Kickstarter pushed on toward $3M, ROKH’s early access launched as planned, and Crowfall concluded its teaser week with a massive reveal: Classes won’t be racially bound after all, and beta should hit before the end of the year.
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.
Don’t count cyberpunk sandbox MMO Exile Online out just yet. While the game’s Kickstarter didn’t meet its $45,000 goal last year, its developers continued work and are now rolling out GoFundMe campaign in its place.
“After our initial Kickstarter campaign did not receive the full funding, we realised we needed to do a lot more work,” the team wrote on Facebook. “This is our first in a series of planned phases of funding on Gofundme. We have decided to divide our goals up into milestones rather than seeking one huge lump sum. This way we can complete planned and announced milestones and prove to our pledges that their funding is being used wisely. The pledge levels will remain largely the same as before and we will increase the pledge levels at a later date to include the larger ones.”
Most recently, the devs have released a stream of updates on Facebook focusing on maps and says it’s “been making great progress on the mission system.”
This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Descent: Underground released a major AI update this week — the Moon Collider’s advanced Kythera AI system — plus “cooperative play against ‘bot’ opponents, new ship types, and additional gameplay enhancements.”
- Kickstarted science-laden sandbox ECO took home a climate science prize for its ecosystem simulation, which allows players to actually “create laws and policy [to] prevent the world’s destruction.
- CIG dismissed a Star Citizen backer’s insinuation that a state district attorney influenced its decision to refund $3000 in Kickstarter donations.
- And don’t forget to grab your summer alpha key for Das Tal!
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!
Whether you’re in ye olde fantasy lands or the cold, dystopian future, weather is pretty much a constant force in the world. Exile Online tips its hat to Cybermother Nature with a new video that briefly shows off its rain and snow effects in the city.
But wait! There’s so much more! The team also released a second video showing the time-lapse creation of the Aegiswing armor concept art. Now that is something that would be totally sweet to take to school or work if you wanted to make an impression.
You can check out both of these videos below.
It seems like it was only a couple of weeks ago that we first let you know about Exile Online, a planned sandbox MMORPG set in a dystopian cyberpunk environment. That’s because it was only a couple of weeks ago, but that’s no reason to split hairs. A Kickstarter campaign was promised for later this year, and it’s here now.
The campaign has a current target around $45,000 with no stretch goals currently listed. The page makes it clear that the plan is to make the game free-to-play, but backers can still unlock rewards such as the right to reserve character names, store credit, and having their names in the credits. Check it out if it sounds like something you’d be interested in and you have faith in the team.
Jonesing for a nice bite of cyberpunk in your MMO diet? Then you might want to keep one augmented eye on Exile Online, an upcoming sandbox that is jacked in to all sorts of cyberpunk feels.
Exile Online has a wide variety of ambitious features, including extensive player housing, a mix-and-match skill system, an intricate economy, implants, politics, and, of course, a futuristic dystopia of high technology and low morals. “Life on Erebus is cheap,” the devs explained. “The wary citizen must always keep an eye out, lest they become just another statistic, crushed under the feet of monumentally powerful and corrupt mega corporations and bureaucratic agencies.”
While the pre-alpha isn’t yet accessible by the public, the team recently made an apartment demo available to all. The game has been in development from at least 2014. A Kickstarter campaign is in the works for some time this year.