OrbusVR, the blocky indie VR sandbox from Ad Alternum, has finished out its Kickstarter successfully this morning.
The studio had originally promised a brief, one-week Kickstarter with only a $10,000 goal, which backers met within four hours of launch. It sails to the finish line today with over 500 backers and $34,000 raised, which covers stretch goals including a pet companion system, extra world boss, and the Explorer's League faction, falling just shy of an additional battle discipline (like the Monk or Shaman). The Kickstarter money is intended to buffer the game's existing funding, not pay for the whole game.
OrbusVR is being built for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift as a full-scale MMORPG with all the basics -- questing, combat, open-world zones, group content, and crafting -- plus more unusual features like hybrid instanced dungeons, hidden and "feat" quests, player bounties, tiered safety zones for PvP, and a nifty compass system, the last of which was previewed over the weekend. Raiding won't make it in for launch.
This week in MMO crowdfunding, Shards Online surprised the gamer community by announcing a namechange -- to Legends of Aria -- and a scope-change, the good kind of scope change if you're an MMO player, as the game just got bigger.
More good news: The Repopulation is expected to come back online for original backers and Steam buyers tomorrow. Idea Fabrik expects the sandbox to once again be for sale on Steam later this month.
Still more good news! As I write this, indie VR MMO OrbusVR has nearly tripled its Kickstarter goal already. Its whirlwind one-week campaign ends on Monday.
Meanwhile, gamers pledged over $12K US to bring Swedish brawler RUiN to a winning Kickstarter a few days back, but Caribbean Conquest wasn't so fortunate: Its Kickstarter ended unsuccessfully earlier this week. Plus, Dogma: Eternal Night worked on its character module, Grim Dawn talked itemization, and AdventureQuest 3D hyped The Dragons of Ashfall.
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.
Did you chuck any cash at OrbusVR, the blocky-cute virtual reality MMO sandbox with the unusually small and short Kickstarter? It's a sure thing now: It's already met its $10,000 goal. In fact, it doubled its goal in under a day, unlocking both the pet system stretch goal and the world boss stretch goal.
"Thanks for all the kind words and support from everyone," founder Riley Dutton wrote in MOP's comments last night. "We're making it happen! Exciting!"
The next stretch goal, the Explorer's League, opens up at the $30,000 mark.
"This is a new faction in the game that is all about exploring the realm of OrbusVR. Whether it's a scavenger hunt, a puzzle hidden deep in a forest, or discovering an ancient piece of lore text hidden away in a sunken temple, these folks want to send you on an adventure! So if you're the kind of person that loves exploring every nook and cranny of a game, or you just love the idea of discovering a long-lost secret in the game, you're in for a treat."
This week in MMO crowdfunding, we sent MOP's Matt Daniel into Crowfall, from which he emerged with many opinions on the state of the game's high-profile crafting and gathering systems. Economy folks should give it a read!
There are two MMO-related Kickstarters ending this week you may be interested in. Arena brawler RUiN is about 200 bucks from funding as I type this, so it's going to happen for sure. Caribbean Conquest's second go at Kickstarter, however, is likely to fall short; it's secured only about $2000 in pledges of its $30,000-ish goal with only a few days left.
What else is new? Worlds Adrift got a new website (thanks, Daras!), Project Gorgon rolled out a new patch, Albion Online released videos on its sound and music, Elite Dangerous began testing part of the Commanders patch, Camelot Unchained teased beta 1, and Ashes of Creation demoed its gameplay.
Finally, get thee over to Steam, where a trial of Shroud of the Avatar can currently be had entirely for free.
Read on for more on what's up with MMO crowdfunding over the last few weeks and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we've got our eye on.
If you count yourself among gamers actively seeking out MMORPG virtual reality experiences, you should probably take a peek at OrbusVR, currently in production for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Ad Alternum Game Studios is building a full-scale MMORPG with all the bells and whistles -- questing, combat, open-world zones, and crafting -- with a few more unusual features, like hybrid instanced dungeons, hidden and "feat" quests, player bounties, and tiered safety zones for PvP. Raids aren't expected to make it in for launch.
Most recently, the game held a pre-alpha test with 700 participants and should move to alpha before late March. Founder Riley Dutton posted to the official blog that the team will be running a "modest" Kickstarter campaign starting March 6th, to run just one week, so keep an eye out for that.