make my mmo

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: Divergence Online takes Steam by storm (October 10, 2015)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Divergence Online landed on Steam Greenlight, bolstering its ongoing Indiegogo campaign by rocketing to #15 on the platform’s Greenlight list. The developer has vowed to push out daily patches and reminded Steam voters that “any contribution at or above $30 on [the Indiegogo platform] means you already get a free copy of the game when it’s released on Steam. You don’t have to ‘re-buy’ anything.”

Read on for Divergence’s latest alpha 3 video and our roundup of the rest of this week’s crowdfunding news.

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Make My MMO: Pantheon’s seed financing (October 3, 2015)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, fans of Brad McQuaid’s Pantheon fantasy MMO got some good news. It seems as if Visionary Realms has raised a round of seed financing that will allow development to continue beyond what’s already been accomplished by a team of volunteers. Pre-alpha is currently scheduled for later this year with beta testing slated for 2016.

The rest of this week’s crowdfunding news roundup can be found after the cut.

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Make My MMO: September 26, 2015

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Divergence Online continued to raise eyebrows. First, head honcho Ethan “Lord of Edge” Casner spoke with MOP regarding the game’s Star Wars: Galaxies lineage, its open PvP, and its brutally honest marketing campaign.

After perusing the comments of the resulting article, Casner decided to offer a consensual PvP server stretch goal in order to appeal to SWG fans who balked at Divergence’s FFA gankbox stylings.

The rest of this week’s crowdfunding roundup is just past the break!

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Make My MMO: September 19, 2015

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, MUD canceled its Kickstarter, ostensibly so that its developers could pursue other job opportunities that will help fund MUD down the road. Also this week, Indie sci-fi sandbox Divergence Online kicked off another IndieGoGo campaign to supplement its previous successes and round out the game’s combat.

The rest of this week’s crowdfunding news roundup is just past the break.

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Make My MMO: September 12, 2015

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, we caught up with Camelot Unchained, Crowfall, and Elite: Dangerous, each of which released a dev blog or some sort of similar update designed to keep backers and watchers apprised of current progress.

Camelot Unchained’s DragonCon panel was made available on YouTube, while Crowfall continued its weekly assault on our newsroom. Elite, meanwhile, revealed its sales numbers and added a new dev blog to the mix. The rest of this week’s crowdfunding news is wrapped up after the cut.

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Make My MMO: September 5, 2015

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, not a whole lot happened! In the land of pseudo-MMOs, though, Kickstarter darling and PvE-focused survival sandbox Eco made headlines for its harsh PvP and justice system stretch goal. MassivelyOP’s Andrew Ross also spoke with Eco designer John Krajewski and published a lengthy look at how the title seeks to educate gamers with its survival and permadeath systems.

The rest of this week’s crowdfunding roundup is just past the cut!

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Make My MMO: August 22, 2015

One of these weeks we’ll stop writing about Project Gorgon in this space, but not today! And why should we, since the indie darling is basically the feel-good MMO crowdfunding story of the year to this point?As of press time, Gorgon has very nearly tripled its $20,000 Kickstarter goal with more than a day left on its funding drive.

Also this week, Double Fine veteran Justin Bailey unveiled Fig, a Kickstarter alternative that will eventually allow game backers to invest as well as pledge. The rest of our recent MMO crowdfunding news is rounded up for you past the break.

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Make My MMO: August 15, 2015

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Project Gorgon topped another couple of stretch goals. The funky fantasy sandbox thing with cows stands at just over $46,000 as of press time, which ain’t half bad considering that the original goal was $20,000.

Elsewhere, the usual kickstarted suspects provided us with plenty of pre-alpha progress updates, and you can see those rounded up for your convenience after the cut.

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Make My MMO: August 8, 2015

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Project Gorgon continued to feel the Kickstarter love thanks to the realization of its $30,000 stretch goal. Star Citizen acquitted itself well with a spiffy Gamescom presentation, and fellow space sim Elite: Dangerous announced planetary landings before becoming embroiled in one of those zomg-someone’s-getting-a-better-deal-than-me drama explosions.

The rest of this week’s crowdsourced MMO news is rounded up for you just past the break.

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Make My MMO: August 1, 2015

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Project Gorgon met its Kickstarter goal with over 23 days to spare. The fantasy sandpark benefited from some positive word-of-mouth in the MMO community, due in no small part to the fact that the title features a pre-alpha build that anyone can pick up and play right now.

In other news, Shroud of the Avatar pushed its big Release 20 patch live, and Star Citizen continued to set the internet on fire with the latest in a long line of much-ado-about-nothing brouhahas. Catch up on all of the week’s crowdfunding news after the break.

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Make My MMO: July 25, 2015

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Project Gorgon returned to Kickstarter. Veteran developer Eric Heimburg clearly believes in his fantasy sandpark, and why not? Gorgon combines the best of old and new school gaming, with a heavy focus on discovery, exploration, and immersion.

In other newsStar Citizen boss Chris Roberts briefly stirred the hornet’s nest when he called B.S. — literally — on those who say that the sci-fi space sim has an acute case of feature creep. Apart from that, though, it was an uneventful week! You can catch up on that story and the rest of the week’s crowdfunding news after the cut.

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Make My MMO: July 18, 2015

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Derek Sm… ah, you know what? Never mind. This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Shroud of the Avatar’s Starr Long talked about the challenges of providing narrative structure in a sandbox. Camelot Unchained’s beta was delayed, and Star Citizen continued to update everyone about its FPS module progress.

You can read our full crowdfunding roundup after the break.

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