This week in MMO crowdfunding news, City State Entertainment stunned pretty much everyone by announcing that it will open a satellite studio on the other side of the country in Seattle, which will support a much-expanded team of programmers working on Camelot Unchained. Funding for the second studio is provided by the game's unnamed uber-investor and matched by none other than Mark Jacobs himself.
- The Kickstarter for post-apoc survival MMORPG Edengrad successfully funded at £41,535 (just under $60,000 US), and Polish developer Huckleberry Games is planning early access this September;
- Shroud of the Avatar released another excerpt of the audio book for its novelization coming later this summer;
- Fragmented pushed out another patch, this one fixing bugs and localizing for German players;
- ECO announced its next big patch, which is focused on the economy and is due out at the end of June;
- the folks behind the Elite: Dangerous novelization Kickstarter explained the results of its legal battle and delay;
- and HEX announced plans for a ladder system and tournament cleanup.
We're also bummed to report that Vigor Roads' Kickstarter ended this morning unsuccessfully with only $9,735 pledged toward its $25,000 goal. Developer NeuronHaze said it partly blamed itself for overconfidence and failing to prepare a game build for backers to see in time. That build is promised for late summer or autumn, the studio says, and early access is still planned for 2017.
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!
This week was all about E3, and for MMO players, it didn't feature a whole lot of new titles. Oh, there was plenty of stuff going on for existing games, but brand-new titles? Those were fairly quiet. LawBreakers managed to make the biggest noise on the testing front, as the game is going into its first closed test this weekend; we had a chance to throw Andrew at the game for a hands-on impression.
And even during a quieter week, there were still things of note taking place. Observe:
And of course we have the list of games in testing down below, just like we have every year for E3. Also not for E3. We always have a list, that's the point. Did a game slip into a new testing phase without us noticing? Is a game supposedly in testing but now charging money? Let us know down in the comments!
There's one thing that we know about zombies: Fast or slow, they will keep on coming with a determination and a hunger that can't be stopped. Except if you have a sledgehammer, shotgun, or slightly shallow ditch, of course.
Post-apocalyptic zombie sandbox Lifeless has its jaundiced eye set on early access, which it has announced this week as starting on June 16th. Players can join up with a faction at that date and see if they have what it takes to survive in a world changed by walking death and bunny-hopping griefers.
Since Lifeless is a sandbox game and all, you just know that there's going to be some fierce PvP raging. Check out what this might look like in the trailer after the jump!
Move over, H1Z1: Green Man Gaming, the company behind medieval survival sandbox The Black Death, is also working on Lifeless, a modern survival sandbox... with zombies. How many games do we really need where we smash zombies with axes against a sepia-toned post-apocalyptic background? All of them, my friends. All of them.
Early access for the game is planned for next month and is expected to last a year.
The team has a new trailer out today showcasing the game's PvE content, including its combat, weapon types, and grouping. Enjoy it below.
Tell me if you've heard of this game before: It's an action-survival title set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland full of hungry zombies that you must fight while looking to build a refuge for you and your closest comrades.
No, we're not talking about H1Z1 but a new player on the field called Lifeless. Currently in early access, Lifeless starts players on a plane that goes down in Maine, throwing them into a cutthroat environment where it's kill or be eaten by the undead. The game offers two factions, world events, and many quests to keep things busy. From the look of it, the environment exudes a Silent Hill-type vibe.
Lifeless is currently 10% off on the site and lists a June 2016 release window. We've got four trailers from the game after the break to give you a good idea of what awaits you in this bloody new world.