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Massively OP's guide to the best upcoming indie MMORPGs, part two

Last week, we introduced the first part of our guide to the best upcoming, in-development indie MMORPGs -- yes, the list was so long that we had to split it lest our CMS explode! So this week we're back with the other half of our list, a quick and dirty guide to many of the indie MMORPGs in development and some of the key points about each. Hint: We're not asking whether they are a sandbox with open world PvP because of course they are. As a side note, we won't be covering most of the survival sandbox and mere multiplayer titles, as that would be too great 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 two!

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Massively OP's guide to the best upcoming indie MMORPGs, part one

When you write for an MMORPG website that covers literally hundreds of games and could probably add in hundreds more that are extinct, are in operation only overseas, or are so incredibly niche that their creators' moms don't even know about them, you start devoting a large portion of your brain to trying to keep details about all of these games straight. This not only results in forgetting two of your kids' names (after all, space is limited), but it's nearly an impossible task. There's just too much out there.

And lately I've noticed that the staff and readers alike have started to become incredibly confused regarding all of the indie MMOs that are oozing through the development process in their 72 planned testing stages (the other week I could swear that I saw a game declare itself to be going into "state semi-regionals"). There are too many games, some of which look far too similar, and it's stressing us out.

Enhance your calm, citizen. Here's the first part of our quick and dirty guide to many of the indie MMORPGs in development and some of the key points about each. Hint: It's not asking whether they are a sandbox with open world PvP because of course they are. As a side note, I won't be covering most of the survival sandbox and mere multiplayer titles, as that would be too great 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. Then stay tuned next week for the second half of this list!

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Project Genom is coming to Steam early access in October

Hardcore science-fiction MMO Project Genom is getting ready to make the big step forward into early access, as the title will launch on Steam on October 12th.

Project Genom prides itself as being a hands-off MMO that requires logical thinking, personal decisions, and a quick trigger finger to survive in this alien world. The title will go into early access as a buy-to-play offering, to which the producers promise "no hidden payments" that will trip players up along the way.

The team pushed out a significant update yesterday that added the new regional system as well as 27 additional quests and a revamped character model. Studio NeuronHaze is also attempting to develop Vigor Roads, a post-apoc MMO, although that project has met with significant obstacles.

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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.

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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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Vigor Roads' Kickstarter ends unsuccessfully, Project Genom plans crafting

As we covered in our last Make My MMO, the Kickstarter for NeuronHaze's post-apoc MMO Vigor Roads ended unsuccessfully over the weekend. The studio accepted the fault for the failure, saying it had been "overconfident" and that it was unable to prepare a quality game build in time for the campaign.

Still, the game itself is far from over.

"But we do not despair. We were able to take out a bank loan, and at the end of Summer/beginning of this Fall we will hopefully reveal the pre-alpha build of Vigor Roads. We’re seeing a great interest in the project and we have 'Greenlight' in the Steam, and we are confident that this build will help us find an investor or publisher. Plans for the release date of Steam Early Access stay the same - 2017."

NeuronHaze's other in-development MMO, Project Genom, is still trucking along. The devs say they'll introduce crafting to the title in July and are touting recently added UI improvements and talent mechanics.

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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.

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: Chronicles of Elyria's Kickstarter bid ends in triumph (June 4, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Chronicles of Elyria's Kickstarter successfully funded at just over $1.36 million following its SpatialOS integration announcement and tech preview video. Massively OP’s own Andrew Ross explored the game’s anticipated features and mused on its many challenges in a long-form piece earlier this week. Those missed out on the Kickstarter will be able to participate in further crowdfunding efforts on the game's official site.

Meanwhile, Fragmented reintroduced the Jabberbull and polished up the vehicle system, Project Gorgon patched its last patch, Vigor Roads was Greenlit on Steam, and Elite: Dangerous' Horizons season launched for Xbone players. Post-apoc survival sandbox Edengrad is new-come to our list, but frustratingly, Mars-themed survival sandbox ROKH was forced to cancel its flagging Kickstarter, citing a lack of visibility. The developers say they are still planning the early access launch in September; founder packs with bonuses akin to those from the Kickstarter will be available.

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Make My MMO: Chronicles of Elyria raises a million bucks (May 21, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, there's a new player in the crowdfunding business: Fig, a "community-powered publisher" whose "goal is to strike a balance between titles from well-known independent studios as well as ones from up-and-coming indie teams."

Chronicles of Elyria broke the million-dollar mark on its Kickstarter this week; it currently stands at just over $1,060,000 with just under two weeks to go. There's even an interview with some of the folks pouring massive sums of money into the game in return for titles.

Meanwhile, Crowfall dished on the method behind the madness of its branding, Shroud of the Avatar released an excerpt from its first novel, both Vigor Roads and Midair launched fresh Kickstarters, and Valiance Online issued a statement on the role of former City of Heroes animator Ron FriedmanElite: Dangerous had a big week too; Frontier announced that it's dropping the price of the game on PC and bringing Horizons to Xbox One on June 3rd. Engineers itself lands on PC this week on May 26th.

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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Vigor Roads takes the wheel of the apocalypse

When will the apocalypse get here already so that all of the really cool stuff can start happening? Mutants, rampant looting, cannibal games, and armored death cars all seem like a glorious dream that only New Jersey residents get to live. For those seeking Mad Max-style road rage in their MMOs, there might be a new game coming along to bring high-octane action to the wasteland: Vigor Roads.

Developer NeuronHaze, the makers of the upcoming Project Genom, have launched a small Kickstarter campaign to raise $25,000 to make the basic edition of Vigor Roads. This game has players driving "battle cars" around a broken-down world, competing and cooperating in several different modes. While this initial version is quite limited, stretch goals include an open world map and support for other platforms (including VR).

If the campaign picks up an incredible amount of steam, it could even trigger the Dog milestone at $1M ("We'll add a dog called Chris Robinson in a spacesuit which will live in your garage.") and the Real Car stretch goal at $1.5M ("We'll make a real car in Vigor Roads style and you could ride it with a professional driver.").

Hey, if you're missing Auto Assault, this might be the next best thing. Check out the Vigor Roads trailer after the break!

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