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Ashes of Creation aims to be biggest MMORPG Kickstarter of all time

“I think in a couple of days we may be the number one Kickstarted MMORPG ever.”

Dream big, Intrepid Studios! As Ashes of Creation bears down on its crowdfunding home stretch with 10 days to go, the fantasy MMO just crossed the 12,000 backers line (granting exclusive dyes to all backers) and already has $2.23 million in its virtual pockets. Upcoming stretch goals include the Underrealm race ($2.5M), unique mount barding (13,500 backers), and an in-game stock exchange ($3M).

The developers aren’t keeping to themselves during this crazy time. Intrepid team members were on hand this past weekend for an hour-long livestream during which they answered community questions and showed off more Ashes of Creation gameplay. We’ve got that video after the jump (the gameplay starts at the 29-minute mark) as well as a new environmental video from the project!

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Ashes of Creation optimistically posts $3M stretch goal

Now that Ashes of Creation has surpassed $2 million in community fundraising, how far will the game go before its Kickstarter campaign draws to a conclusion? It might seem far-fetched that it will add on another million by the end, but the team is ready for this if it happens.

Optimistically, Intrepid Studios revealed its stretch goal for $3 million raised, saying that it would factor in a stock exchange if this milestone is reached:

[The stock exchange] is a very in-depth system that relates to how Nodes, Player Guilds and Social Organizations perform in the world. This will allow players to invest those communities through the form of a stock exchange that will measure certain metrics to determine success or failure around the world. If a guild fails in a raid, shareholders in that guild may see a drop in it’s value. Or if a node advances in activities and trade routes leading to it, the shareholders may see a spike in their dividends. Social organizations such as the Thieves Guild may see community quest points achieved throughout the world and different chapters being built in nodes across the realm, resulting in a higher valuation.

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Global Chat: Is Ashes of Creation worth backing?

With all of the hullabaloo going on concerning Ashes of Creation and its Kickstarter campaign, a few bloggers are asking themselves whether or not this is an MMO worth backing, especially if they’ve been burned before by grand promises and poor execution.

“All of this adds up to an enticing package and ought to spark the embers of hope that maybe there will be something new under the sun when it comes to the fantasy MMORPG genre,” The Ancient Gaming Noob wrote. “So why am I not excited about this? Why isn’t this helping me shake off the MMO malaise?”

“I’m not on the hype train by a long shot. Not that I see anything particularly wrong with the game, it’s just way, way too early to even think about commenting on it,” Endgame Viable said.

“Am I going to pony up? Mmmm. Maybe,” mulls Inventory Full. “I’m still thinking about it, although, after reading the Kickstarter page, I’m actually less interested in the game than I was.”

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Ashes of Creation’s very good, totally tubular, quite excellent day

For Ashes of Creation, May 16th will go down as one of its best days. For starters, the title was featured on Kickstarter’s front page as the project of the day. This honor probably helped to push the game past not one but two significant milestones.

The same day, the sandbox MMO hit $2 million in crowdfunding, a feat that has only been done by two other MMORPGs (Star Citizen and Camelot Unchained). And to put a cap on it, a second stretch goal, 11,000 backers, was also achieved. Not too shabby for a Tuesday!

Thanks to these met stretch goals, social organizations will be included in Ashes of Creation’s feature set and all backers will receive the exclusive Tidesnapper underwater mount. There’s a little over two weeks left in the campaign, which is plenty of time to hit another stretch goal or two. Next up is a playable Underrealm beast race (unlocked at $2.5M), exclusive dye colors (12,000 backers), and unique mount barding (13,500 backers).

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The next era of Kickstarter may be starting

Is Kickstarter dead? With Ashes of Creation’s incredible success this spring and several other MMO projects still attempting at drawing in that sweet crowdfunding money, it’s hard to say “yes” to that question. Perhaps the better question is whether Kickstarter is entering in a new phase after seeing a large boom and contraction over the past few years.

Eurogamer has an interesting think piece about the use of Kickstarter in an age when some people have become disillusioned with the platform (and early access in general) and others have turned to actual investment platforms like Fig instead. While there were 456 fully funded Kickstarter video game campaigns in 2016, the collective total of $17.7M was less than half of that from the year prior.

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Ashes of Creation answers questions on progression, music, and (setting) forest fires

Remember kids, only devs can prevent virtual forest fires! And it’s probably a good thing that they do because apparently there are some Ashes of Creation fans who actually want the ability to light acres of in-game property ablaze for… reasons.

The bizarre query to program in firebugs came out of a wild-and-woolly community Q&A session that Intrepid CEO Steven Sharif did yesterday. Sharif fielded all sorts of questions about the game including practical (nodes, progression) and goofy (metal band music, a troll class for trolling).

The session is a little difficult to follow, what with all of the Discord pings and rambling questions from the community, but there are some interesting nuggets of info in it concerning the weather system, wider possibilities for caravans, and the depth of the crafting system. Check it out for yourself below!

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Ashes of Creation meets Underrealm stretch goal, eyes $2M in crowdfunding

With well over two weeks to go in its Kickstarter campaign, Ashes of Creation has already outpaced similar efforts from Chronicles of Elyria ($1.36M raised) and Crowfall ($1.76M). In fact, with over $1.84M raised so far and 19 days to go, it looks increasingly probable that the project is going to easily clear two million and surpass the Kickstarters of Shroud of the Avatar ($1.91M) and Camelot Unchained ($2.23M).

This also means that the $1.75M stretch goal to include an underground area is now sealed in stone. The team teased this subterranian zone by saying, “The Underrealm will be a rich environment where bioluminescence abounds in the fauna and flora that exist here.  These deep caverns and underground valleys will provide new destinations for civilization to develop.  Bringing the node system into the depths of the world, may awaken darker creatures than the surface. Be careful…”

The next funding stretch goal is to include social organizations such as thieves guilds at $2M. If you missed our Friday livestream interview with the Ashes of Creation team, make sure you rectify that!

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The Stream Team: Live Ashes of Creation interview

The Ashes of Creation Kickstarter is in full swing, steam rolling ahead with new stretch goals reached again and again. And there’s new news rolling our regularly as well. But there’s still plenty more backers and MMORPG fans want to know about the game, so Massively OP’s MJ is joining the team on their official livestream to ask some questions. Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a live interview of …

What: Ashes of Creation
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 12th, 2017

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Massively Overthinking: Is the MMO genre facing an identity crisis?

MMORPG blogger and MOP commenter Isarii (@ethanmacfie) recently published an excellent video positing that the MMO industry is facing a “massive identity crisis.”

“The MMO genre has sort of walked away from the things that made it unique and has faced an identity crisis since then as MMOs have reinvented themselves as these big giant titles trying to appeal to as many people as possible,” he argues. “As a result, you end up with MMOs that try to do things that smaller scale games tend to do better while not doing any of the things that make MMOs themselves unique.”

The whole video is worth a look-and-listen as he pins down what exactly does make MMOs unique and which MMOs have excelled as actual MMOs (protip: It’s everything from EVE to SWG to WoW, so don’t think this is about subgenre elitism at all). What do you think? Is Isarii right? Is the genre facing an identity crisis? And how do we solve it? That’s what our writers will be debating in this week’s Massively Overthinking.

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Ashes of Creation targets underwater mount stretch goal, shows off Predator class

Over 9,600 fans have donated to Ashes of Creation’s Kickstarter so far this May, which is more than enough to put the campaign over another stretch goal. All backers, regardless of funding tier, will now receive an unique armor skin set for their patronage.

Next up for the backer stretch goals? An underwater Tidesnapper mount that will be given to all supporters if 11,000 or more people back the project. This mount should pair well with the underwater exploration that was added to the feature set thanks to an earlier stretch goal. The campaign is nearing the $1.7 million mark as of the time of this writing.

Need another jolt of excitement to power your inner hype? The team posted a new video yesterday that shows off Ashes of Creation’s stealthy Predator class in action as he infiltrates a city and snags a special relic.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 116: Bree’s virtual garage sale

Is Ashes of Creation destined to be the Kickstarter event of the year? Today on the ‘cast, Bree and Justin talk about this crowdfunding tsunami, several MMO patches, a superhero preview, and even a launch. Also, Bree is selling the entire contents of her virtual garage. It was a busy week!

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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Ashes of Creation raises over $1.5M, eyes thieves guild and Underrealm race

Don’t look now, but Ashes of Creation’s Kickstarter campaign is officially on fire. In a good way.

The crowdfunding effort crossed over the $1.5 million line in the past 24 hours, which means that it’s hit yet another stretch goal. As a result, expanded naval content has been added to the docket (including underwater exploration!) and several new stretch goals have been posted.

“Everyone here is SO EXCITED about the additional ships and water content that we will be creating,” the team said. “Sea-based trade routes, combat ships, treasure hunting, underwater dungeons and mounts! A whole new sea of content.”

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Ashes of Creation passes the 8,000 backer mark

It’s fun times when a Kickstarter is doing so well that the number of backers alone can unlock stretch goals. Ashes of Creation has passed the 8,000-backer mark, and that means a new weapon skin unlocked for Kickstarter backers specifically. The next goal is a whole armor set at 9,500 backers, which is going to take a little while to hit… but considering the Kickstarter is already closing in on 200% funded, it’s definitely on track.

The game also hit 100,000 accounts registered over the weekend, so it would seem that either there’s plenty of interest to make 9,500 backers a possibility or some people are very fond of creating sockpuppet accounts. If you want to catch a bit more of the game in action, you can check below for the most recent video from the development team; otherwise, you can just sit back and watch as the game’s numbers for both total funding and total backers continue to slowly rise.

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