Chronicles of Elyria hitches its death mechanics to its business model

    
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Indie sandbox Chronicles of Elyria captured MMORPG players’ attention last autumn when it began revealing details about some of its more unusual mechanics, including its character aging and death system. A new dev blog this week sheds more light on how character aging works — and how you’ll use cash money to live again once you’ve croaked for good.

Soulbound Studios says that player characters live between 80 and 120 years, equating to up to 105 in-game years, assuming you don’t go and die in the meantime. If you die infrequently, your character will live approximately a year in real-time. If you die a lot, however, those deaths are lodged against your character’s lifetime.

“If you’re someone who dies an average of once per week,” write the devs, “you can expect to live approximately 8.75 months without needing to buy a new Spark of Life.” Now do the math on dying daily: “Every day counts as three days of play time. The average of 354 divided by 3 is 118 days. That’s 16 weeks, or approximately 3.75 months before you need to buy a new Spark of Life.”

Sparks of Life are the real-world financial component of the game; instead of paying for a subscription, you’ll buy new characters when your old one dies of old age (or, you know, incompetence). They’re planned to run $29.99.

“If you only live 3.75 months, then for our currently estimated price of $29.99 per Spark of Life, it still means you’re only paying approximately $7.99 per month. That’s half the price of a WoW subscription! That’s right. If you’re an active, daring player who plays every single day and manages to die every single day… you can continue to play CoE for 1/2 the price of a WoW subscription.”

The dev blog also discusses how death tolls work, how to gain fame inside the game, and how a fame multiplier will make death for famous characters more costly.

Source: Dev blog
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TheMainTank
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TheMainTank

Before I give any money and invest I need to know if there is going to be raids and instances, a meaning to adventure out in the world. Other wise this will be a revamped 2nd life in a medevil time.

Walah
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Walah

FacelessSavior “Most people suck anyways :)”
I disagree, unless you know most people in the world and came up with this conclusion.

adamstone333
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adamstone333

Who wants to play as a old dude? seriously

FacelessSavior
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FacelessSavior

Well said! Couldn’t agree more!

FacelessSavior
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FacelessSavior

Been waiting for YEARS for the rebirth of the Virtual Worlds that started this Genre. Yes, my crowd is a small one, but we’re out here. Patiently sifting through single player experiences disguised as MMO’s, and the type of player those games attract. I love this site for news, but the populace is an overzealous, PVE Theme park crowd. Don’t let any of the negativity get you down. Most of them have never had an opportunity to play an actual Virtual World, or a game where death had consequence. They have no idea how rewarding of an experience it can be when each of your actions, and those of every other character, can have an impact on their session and everyone else’s. Fight the Good Fight!

FacelessSavior
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FacelessSavior

Most people suck anyways :) With most AAA developers abandoning the MMO genre, it won’t be long till the entirety of it is back to being a niche like it used to be. Bring back the Virtual Worlds, and the folks who don’t like it can go back to other Genre’s and take with them all the “features” these psuedo-MMO’s of the last decade or so have ripped out of the other genres to attract a massive amount of people who never really like MMORPG’s in the first place.

fluffymagicalunicorn
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fluffymagicalunicorn

FacelessSavior Good for you! But I’d be surprised if a lot of people joined you. That said, that’s okay. They’re not intending to be anyting but niche.

FacelessSavior
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FacelessSavior

I personally can’t wait to stair at the withered husk of my first character to last long enough to really be a legend as I plan out how his Heirs will continue his legacy :)

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JeromyWalsh fluffymagicalunicorn

I also wish you the best in dealing with the asymmetry of justice that exists in so many ‘sandbox’ styled MMOs.

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JeromyWalsh fluffymagicalunicorn

Nothing has to for everyone and all games, art, and everything else ought to have its own point of view. I wish you the best and I do like your focus on encouraging roleplay. But I get the feeling people aren’t going to want to spend months staring at their withered husk of an elderly character, either. ;)