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Massively Overpowered’s Make My MMO feature chronicles the adventures and misadventures of MMOs in various stages of crowdfunding. You might also be interested in Betawatch, which focuses on games in testing. [Follow this feature’s RSS feed]

Make My MMO: Shards Online’s January alpha, Star Citizen’s Star Marine (December 24, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Shards Online announced it’ll kick off its alpha early in the new year, on January 13th. “Based on the feedback we’ve received from our current playerbase, there are a few things that need to happen before we can consider ourselves ready for Steam,” says Citadel’s Derek Brinkmann — and those include a bigger world map, tamed mounts, the archery skill, modding, and dev tools.

And last night, Star Citizen dropped 2.6 Star Marine for backers, along with the surprise announcement that it’s been using Amazon Lumberyard for over a year now.

Meanwhile,

  • Former City of Heroes community member Je Saist has set up a GoFundMe to help him pay off medical bills accruing as a result of his early onset glaucoma diagnosis.
  • John Smedley told Redditors that “money is tight” for Hero’s Song.
  • Project Gorgon pulled in over $17,000 from its Indiegogo campaign.
  • Grim Dawn rolled out its 1.0.0.7 patch, which includes a massive outdoor “Aetherial roguelike” dungeon.
  • Elite: Dangerous raised £46,813 during its recent charity livestream.
  • Descent: Underground announced its Avalanche update and GOG launch.
  • Wild Terra updated with its Christmas event this very weekend.

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: Elyria concedes coiffure complaints (December 17, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Chronicles of Elyria brought up that most critical of MMORPG features: hairstyles. I’m not even kidding; not 10 days ago I was complaining about bad hair in MMORPGs! Soulbound says its current sketches (check ’em out below) are just “the tip of the iceberg” in terms of the scope of hair for different regional groups in the game. The dev blog also covers the delays to the exposition store, pets (lemurs!), work on the female character model, and the layaway system.

Meanwhile, Shroud of the Avatar invited everyone to a party, ECO released its fifth alpha, AdventureQuest 3D introduced Frostval, Wild Terra hit early access, and Project Gorgon updated players on server performance as its Indiegogo nears completion.

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: Ashes of Creation aims for Kickstarter, Elite Dangeous aims for PS4 (December 10, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news — or future crowdfunding news, as the case may be — we learned all about Ashes of Creation, a new sandbox MMORPG being built by a group partly made up of ex-SOE/Daybreak designers. A future Kickstarter is just one of their plans!

Meanwhile, winter is coming to AdventureQuest 3D, 1000 guilds have already formed for Dual Universe, Elite Dangerous announced plans to launch on the PS4, Ever Jane introduced house ownership, and Camelot Unchained explained how it plans to integrate with Discord.

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: Crowfall’s big world playtest, Star Citizen’s alpha 2.6 (December 3, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, ArtCraft says over 9000 gamers have been invited to try to break the three alpha servers active during Crowfall’s “Big World” playtest. “We’ve shifted our development approach to be more like a live MMO,” says Creative Director and Co-Founder J. Todd Coleman. Still on the way “soon” are the new crafting skill trees, unique world maps, the necromancy system that serves as the foundation for avatar swapping, and the protype for the Eternal Kingdoms. The company also crossed the minimum threshold for its Indiegogo-based equity crowdfunding effort, though it has been thus far unwilling to answer questions about its now-public finances.

Meanwhile, Pantheon is plotting a stream on December 9th, Ship of Heroes became the fourth City of Heroes spiritual successor (and has crowdfunding on the way), Star Citizen began testing alpha 26, Richard Garriott donated an in-game skull to a tavern in Shroud of the Avatar, and The Exiled kicked off its closed alpha (for which we still have keys!).

Finally, we sat down with Project Gorgon’s Eric Heimburg to chat about the state of the game and its graphics plans for 2017.

Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding over the last couple of weeks and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’ve got our eye on!

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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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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: Crowfall’s $3M, Gorgon’s Indiegogo, Nebula’s launch (November 5, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news was a surprisingly big one for the genre! First, Crowfall broke $3,000,000 in crowdfunding to date, bringing the game’s total funding to $10,000,000. Then Project Gorgon released a new trailer and a new Indiegogo pitch. Then Hero’s Song pulled off its alpha 3 launch for core backers, and the Endless Forest returned to Indiegogo for another go.

And while Wasteland 3 successfully crowdfunded through Fig, unfortunately, retro mech shooter MMO Antraxx canceled its Kickstarter after it achieved just under a sixth of its proposed funding. Back in October, developer Leendert Oomen told players that the project’s fate following a failed campaign “is still undecided.” And Nebula Online, which canceled its Kickstarter back in March, launched on Steam.

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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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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Make My MMO: Dual Universe fully funds (October 15, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, congrats are due to Dual Universe, the sci-fi sandbox whose Kickstarter successfully funded on Tuesday with over 8100 backers pledging over $630,000 toward a $556,421 goal.

Meanwhile, Star Citizen’s CitizenCon came to a close, we interviewed Smed about Hero’s Song’s now-ended Indiegogo and future plans, Pantheon dished on raiding, Wasteland 3 appears to have funded early on Fig, Chronicles of Elyria explained how its “influence points” work, Fragmented wiped its test servers for a major progression and skill patch, and Shroud of the Avatar presented the town of Harvest, which just could not possibly be more fall appropriate.

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: Dual Universe funds, Hero’s Song doesn’t, and CitizenCon begins (October 8, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Star Citizen has begun its pre-CitizenCon festivities with multi-hour streaming yesterday and today, culminating in a grand presentation by CIG’s Chris Roberts tomorrow. The sale of the Polaris concept ship during the hoopla raised a million and a half bucks in less than a day, marking the second biggest crowdfunding day in the game’s history.

We also have two big crowdfunding campaigns winding down this weekend. Hero’s Song, the John Smedley-backed pixel sandbox, failed to make its $200,000 Indiegogo goal, but it did pull in $94,000, which the studio gets to keep. “While it’s short of what we were looking for, it’s helping us immensely,” Smed wrote. In happier news, it does appear that sci-fi sandbox Dual Universe is going to fund; as I write this, the game’s campaign has pushed past its $560,000 goal with just a few days to go.

Meanwhile, The Exiled (Das Tal) got a new community director, Crowfall flipped its pledge packages, Grim Dawn teased a large update, Valiance Online showed off gear designs ahead of its alpha, Shroud of the Avatar kicked off a housing deco contest, and Antraxx joined our Kickstarter list.

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: Elyria’s funding and Osiris’ console plans (October 1, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Chronicles of Elyria caused an unintentional stir this week when Soulbound Studios posted that it still needed up to $3 million to completely finish the game. While it wasn’t exactly a secret, the revelation was still a surprise to many players as it wasn’t expressly stated in the Kickstarter earlier this year. Compounding the consternation was Soulbound’s simultaneous notice that it would not be granting refunds for Kickstarter donations. Studio boss Jeromy Walsh told Massively OP in a lengthy interview that the money raised through Kickstarter and pre-Kickstarter investment from friends and family is being used to create a minimal viable product and that while the company does plan to crowdfund using its website store, most of the remaining money will be raised through investors or publishers, not players.

Meanwhile, we offered up a checklist for how to approach MMO Kickstarting from the player end, Shroud of the Avatar launched release 34, Albion Online released its Elaine patch, HEX published three new signature decks, and on the planetary survival sandbox front, ROKH delayed its early access to next year, while Osiris: New Dawn swooped into early access and announced console launches 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!

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Make My MMO: Star Citizen’s faces, SOTA’s memorial, Hero’s Song’s AMA (September 24, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Star Citizen stole the show, first with a video showcasing its extraordinarily detailed character face tech, then rather unintentionally in a Kotaku piece that sought to investigate the game’s controversial crowdfunded development process.

Meanwhile, Fragmented continued enhancements to housing and melee combat; Gloria Victis tidied up its new dynamic events system; Worlds Adrift prepped for its fifth alpha round; Hero’s Song revealed abilities usable by the Paladin and Warrior classes and streamed an AMA on Twitch; and Edengrad offered a preview of its blocking mechanics, UI, and graphics upgrade.

We’d also like to express our condolences to the friends, guildies, and family of Shroud of the Avatar player Lacey, who passed away this week and was memorialized in-game using an in-progress system for craftable, customizable gravestones.

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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