I’m always wary nowadays when a game bills itself as a massively multiplayer sandbox gaming world, especially one that says it’s akin to “old school RPG games with modern quality,” but Arcfall appears to deserve the label.
The new MMO is currently listed on Steam as an early access title still in pre-alpha, but it isn’t formally launched or buyable just yet. Developer Neojac says it’s a “social” game, with open world non-instanced housing, a player-driven economy, crafting and farming, mounts, banking, resource harvesting, a classless skill-based progression system, and an incomplete map. Guilds, factions, dungeons, ships, player islands, and PvP (to complement the full-loot death) are still on the way, though there are apparently PvE-only zones too.
Early access is expected to last “the better part of this year,” with beta by the end of 2017. Founder packs are available on the official site; Neojac says that early buyers can access the game through that portal while Steam’s rollout continues.
Neojac should sound familiar to hardcore MMO fans; that’s the studio building MMO Neo’s Land on the Atavism platform, also of its own design. Neo’s Land’s last public update was in December of last year.
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!
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!
We will admit that we have been concerned about the state of Neo’s Land development considering that the title has been suspiciously quiet for most of this year. Happily, the silence has been broken and the team is talking about the fantasy sandbox once again.
Mounts are the topic of this week’s surprise dev post. The team said that it’s approaching mounts “a bit different” than in most MMOs. Players will need to collect essence drops from specific creatures to be able to craft a mount of their own for eventual use. And before you ask, yes, you can use your mount in combat.
“There are three different types of mounts: air, land and sea,” the team explained. “Air mounts encompass the flying mounts group which can do attacks from above, but are primarily used for distance attacks or magical strike attacks. Land mounts are used for close combat attacks and are most commonly used for transport of goods over land. Sea mounts can allow a player to access deeper reaches of the ocean and to transport goods over water.”
You can check out a demo video from Neo’s Land after the break!
Over the last couple of weeks, we shared with you part one and part two of our guide to the best upcoming and current indie MMORPGs on the market. Naturally, there were always those titles that we overlooked or couldn’t fit into the space, so we are back with the third and final part of this guide to make sure that all of your favorite games got mentioned.
As a side note, we won’t be covering most of the survival sandbox and mere multiplayer titles, as that would be too much for the scope of this guide. And if you’re interested in these games, then you’ll definitely want to track our Make My MMO and Betawatch columns.
On with part three!