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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: Dual Universe's Kickstarter, ECO's PAX trailer, and Hero's Song's ladies (September 3, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, sci-fi sandbox Dual Universe is making the final preparations for its Kickstarter, which launches this coming Wednesday. "For those who are still wondering why we are going the crowdfunding road, here is the short answer: while we are an indie studio which has been helped by business angels, to make a game with the scope of Dual Universe, we need to raise more funds," says studio Novaquark. "The more backing we will have, the stronger we will be, and the more independent we can remain: either by having the game entirely funded by the community, or simply by making us stronger in negotiations with third parties.

Meanwhile, Shards Online told players it's tripling the size of its map before launch; Project Gorgon unleashed a spider form for Labor Day ("If you've ever wanted to spit acid, inject your eggs into your enemy's still-living body, or coat everyone in poison, Spider is for you"); Smedley gave a teaser about Hero's Song; and edu-sandbox ECO released a new trailer for PAX.

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Make My MMO: Ever Jane's beta, Project Gorgon's dancing, Star Citizen's $120M (August 27, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Project Gorgon received a big quality-of-life patch this weekend. Of note, the game now offers synchronized dancing! "If three or more players dance to music, they will be prompted to perform a particular dance 'move'," writes ElderGame. "If at least three dancers perform the specified move, all spectators receive a choreography boost. [...] A massive troupe of 12 (or more) dancers performing reasonably well together can give spectators a Dance Appreciation buff." You can also expect adjustments to work orders, mob aggro, and GUI scaling, among several dozen new changes.

Want more dancing? Social MMORPG sandbox Ever, Jane launched its open beta this week. The Jane Austen-themed game was originally Kickstarted to the tune of over $100,000.

And Star Citizen broke the $120,000,000 barrier in its ongoing crowdfunding; the game's 2.5 alpha went live this week.

Meanwhile, Grim Dawn received a big patch to its Crucible DLC content, Ascent patched in terraforming, and Shroud of the Avatar dinged up to $10,000,000 in crowdfunding.

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: Elite Dangerous drenches Gamescom with gameplay videos (August 20, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Elite: Dangerous released an absolute space-ton of new videos out at Gamescom: one on crew, one on ship transfers, one on hyperspace, one on environments, one on capital ship docking, one on port services, one on the planet map... really, it's nuts, and that's all in addition to yesterday's deluge. Little did we know they weren't even close to done then!

In sadder news, we're bummed to report that 3001SQ's Kickstarter ended unsuccessfully. "While we didn't reach our funding goal, we will continue with developing the procedural generation system and VM integration to get a networked build that allows docking with stations, and finish the initial nandOS specification," the devs told fans.

Finally, check out this series of time-lapse gifs showing off player construction in Camelot Unchained. The same epic Redditor put one together demoing Crowfall's player kingdoms too. Let's make 'em fight!

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Make My MMO: Project Gorgon plans early access, Dual Universe plans Kickstarter (August 13, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Project Gorgon announced that it's revving up for its Steam early access launch. Wipes (and nerfs) will continue as testing does throughout the early access. The blog post is a long piece about the future of the game -- worth the read!

Meanwhile, Worlds Adrift got a massive investment (well over a million bucks) from a venture capital firm; sci-fi sandbox Dual Universe told us it's busy preparing its Kickstarter; 3001SQ ticks down to the last days of its crowdfunding campaign; Shroud of the Avatar continues its rollout of housing claims; and one of Star Citizen's leads was allegedly driven off social media thanks to harassment.

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Make My MMO: The Star Citizen SOTA cross-promo (August 6, 2016)

Just off its big not-a-launch last month, Shroud of the Avatar has teamed up with Star Citizen for a wild cross-promotion that'll grant players rewards in both games. A new $65 SOTA starter package comes with the game, 50 bank slots, a Star Citizen-themed hat in SOTA, and a Mustang Alpha starter pack in SC. The $400 package includes a Star Citizen-themed airship house in SOTA and a Cutlass Black starship in Star Citizen itself.

In other MMO crowdfunding news,

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Make My MMO: Camelot Unchained's state-of-the-game address (July 30, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Camelot Unchained closed out a quiet July with a newsletter and state-of-the-game address. CSE boss Mark Jacobs told players that progress since the game's setbacks this past spring has been strong; this summer will see the addition of many new abilities to the retooled system, in-house animation is revving up, and new waves of testing are on the way. Beta 1? Not yet, but Jacobs says he's hoping to announce Beta 1's planned date after early backers have had time to test some of the on-deck pushes.

"This attitude of not rushing a 'Not ready for Prime Time Beta' has meant/means/will continue to drive a slower march to release than we would all like, but after certain games’ issues at launch, do you really want us to do it differently?" he asks. "I hope not, because this is the right way to do things, and one of the advantages of being a crowd-funded game – we won’t be rushed into releasing a game to meet somebody else’s needs, other than the long-term needs of our Backers for a stable, fun, and 100% 'Ready for Prime Time' game. And as Alpha, Beta 1, and IT Backers will be seeing over the next few weeks, our time and your/my money has been well-spent."

Meanwhile, Das Tal is wrapping up its final summer alpha weekend, Star Citizen kicked off a refreshed season of community videos, Grim Dawn teased new content, and Shroud of the Avatar pushed out Release 32, which officially marked the last wipe of the game and unofficially marked the closest thing it's going to see to a launch.

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Make My MMO: Hero's Song's update and the Elite: Dangerous mystery map (July 23, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, John Smedley tweeted a few teasers for his upcoming pixel MMORPG Hero's Song. "We're at 5400 items in our game now. It'll easily be over 10,000 when we're done. Maybe more like 20k," he told his followers. "21 classes too. none of our items are randomly generated ['even the common stuff,' he added later]. We're taking the time to craft each one. All kinds of cool stuff in there too. Can't wait to share." Since its canceled Kickstarter earlier this year, there is still no way to pledge early for the game; Smed says the team is still working on it.

Meanwhile, Elite: Dangerous players are swimming in conspiracy theories thanks to an intriguing discovery of what may be an alien map, sandbox ECO released its 4.2 alpha, and Das Tal has offered testers the chance to be in the game's trailer. [Thanks to Defector1980 on the Elite tip!]

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Make My MMO: Descent Underground (July 16, 2016)

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."

Meanwhile,

  • 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!

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Make My MMO: People are actually buying Richard Garriott's blood (July 9, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Shroud of the Avatar's Richard Garriott and Starr Long shocked gamers by auctioning off art pieces that include their own blood, which was drawn on a promotional stream earlier this week. The reliquaries are no longer on eBay as originally reported; instead, they have been moved to Portalarium's Make a Difference Store, which will ensure part of the proceeds of the sales will go to a charity. Three have already sold (and the prices have increased accordingly).

Meanwhile, Star Citizen revealed the Bengal Carrier, Chronicles of Elyria teased its delayed new site and store, and City of Titans kicked off a Patreon to support an in-universe comic for the game.

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: Camelot Unchained's newsletter, SOTA's $9M funding (July 2, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Camelot Unchained released its latest newsletter (at just under 8000 words, if you were curious - it's tradition now to always count). The team recaps the addition of four new programmers, plans for its satellite studio in Seattle, and progress on the ability system refactoring and reward tier gifting system. There's a farewell from former community manager, Jenesee Grey, as well as a look at at combat system, art team, engine threading, and lore. CSE also promises to begin full state-of-the-game letters from Mark Jacobs beginning in July.

Meanwhile, Valiance Online teased its new UI Das Tal pulled down its test server in prep for the pre-test ahead of its summer alpha, Fragmented added a The Repopulation mob and tweaked structure placement, Crowfall announced its EU publisher, Star Citizen demoed a bit more of its female avatar, and Shroud of the Avatar pushed out its 31st major release and broke $9,000,000 in crowdfunding raised.

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Make My MMO: 3001SQ's Kickstarter, Gorgon's patch, and Elyria's update (June 25, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, the Chronicles of Elyria team discussed its plans for the online shop (it'll be ready in a few more weeks and allow folks a whole month to purchase packages identical to its original Kickstarter offerings), its design bible (expect notes on the game's bloodlines and religions soon), and other bits and bobs of production.

Online multiplayer space colonization game 3001SQ also began a two-month Kickstarter, asking just over $95,000 to fund its commercial prototype. A public tech demo is already available.

Meanwhile,

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Make My MMO: Camelot Unchained opens satellite studio, Edengrad funds (June 18, 2016)

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.

Meanwhile,

  • 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.

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Make My MMO: Elyria devs apologize for communication lapse (June 11, 2016)

In case you were worried that the Chronicles of Elyria team appeared to have fallen off the grid following its successful Kickstarter launch, you can stop worrying now. Soulbound Studios' new Community Manager has apologized for the lapse in communications on its main channels; that message was followed up by a Kickstarter update by studio boss Jeromy Walsh, who says that going forward the team will focus on community outreach and plans weekly updates. This week's update touches on hiring, the online store, and the game's design bible.

In other MMORPG crowdfunding news, Fragmented patched in caves and tombstones, Gloria Victis launched into early access on Steam, Camelot Unchained teased a big announcement, and Star Citizen finally bumped its 2.4 alpha from the PTU to the live servers. Congratulations also to Midair, which successfully raised over $128,000 US in its successful Kickstarter this week!

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