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

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!

Midair’s Kickstarter pitch

Recent MMO crowdfunding news

Shroud of the Avatar’s novel and new female avatar

The Sword of Midras

Campaigns and crowdfunded MMOs we’re watching

AdventureQuest 3D (Artix Entertainment) – Raised 368k; plans October launch.
Ascent: The Space Game (Fluffy Kitten Studios) – Fully launched!
Camelot Unchained
(City State) – Open donations/packages.
Caribbean Conquest (Invenio) – Kickstarter canceled.
Contested Space (Zon)
Crowfall (ArtCraft) – Open donations/packages
Chronicles of Elyria (Soulbound) – Kickstarter live now; ends June 3.
Citadel of Sorcery (MMO Magic, Inc.) – Open donations.
City of Titans (Missing Worlds Media)
Descent Underground (Descendent Studios)
Divergence Online (Stained Glass Llama) – Three campaigns; now in KS early access.
Dogma: Eternal Night
(Prelude Games Factory): Kickstarter overdonor preorder packs.
Dragon of Legends (Thrive Games) – Successful Kickstarter.
Eco (Strange Loop Games)
Elite: Dangerous (Frontier Developments) – Funded and launched.
Epic Space (
Ever, Jane (3 Turn Productions)
Gloria Victis (Black Eye Games) – Open donations, no end date.
Greed Monger (Greed Monger) – Abandoned, multiple times now.
Grim Dawn (Crate Entertainment) – Funded and launched.
Guns of Icarus (Muse) – Funded and launched.
Hero’s Song (Pixelmage Games): Kickstarter canceled; game launches in October.
Infinity: Battlescape (I-Novae Studios)
HEX (HEX Entertainment)
Life is Feudal (Bitbox): Indiegogo ended.
LUX (Chimera) – Kickstarter canceled.
Midair (Archetype Studios) – Kickstarter ends June 4.
Neo’s Land (NeoJac Entertainment) – Open donations, no end date.
Novus AEterno (Taitale Studios)
Overpower (Hydrant Games) – Kickstarter unfunded; heading to early access.
Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen (Visionary Realms) – Open donations, no end date.
Pathfinder Online (GoblinWorks)
Planet Nomads (Craneballs) – Successful Kickstarter.
Pixel Starships (SavySoda)
Project Gorgon (Elder Game, LLC)
Pumpkin Online (Monique)
The Realm: Reawakened (Stephen Nichols) – Ongoing GoFundMe.
The Repopulation (Above & Beyond Technologies)
ROKH (Darewise) – Kickstarter live; ends June 5.
The Stomping Land (Alex Fundora) – Abandoned.
Sacrament (Ferocity Unbound) – Kickstarter failed; Patreon planned.
Shadow’s Kiss (Clockwork Throne) – Ongoing Patreon.
Shards Online (Citadel Studios)
Shroud of the Avatar (Portalarium)
Star Citizen (Cloud Imperium) – Ongoing donations/packages.
TUG (Nerd Kingdom) – In middle of year-long revamp after funding surge.
Vigor Roads (NeuronHaze) – Kickstarter ends June 18.

Vigor Roads’ Kickstarter pitch

With thanks to Joshua, Lheiah, Pepperzine, Cotic, Khalith, and Sorenthaz!

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PaganRites TimothyTierless thraay  Poor WAR, EA got a prettier dance partner in Star Wars and basically hot shotted WAR just to gut Mythic to put them into Bio for the abomination that became SWTOR.



The SWG team had experience and had a huge team, these guys are promising everything but the moon and have like one programmer. I can’t remember the last time I went from super hyped to my current /rolleyes stance on a game. This thing is a pipe dream unless they drastically scale back the things they’ve promised.
Gonna be a lot of bitter gamer tears because of this game.


TimothyTierless thraay SWG had very little support.  I was in early beta for SWG.  The game was hopelessly broken and need more time in development.  Not a few months later, all of the sudden we were launching.  Why?  Because they were forced to launch, much like Warhammer Online, because SOE wanted to see immediate ROI.


PaganRites TimothyTierless I knew big studios were out when Blizzard announced Titan was cancelled and by the looks of things, they’re concentrating on every genre but MMORPGs. Its a sad day indeed.

Coffee, Please
Coffee, Please

Possibly, but kickstarter is a risk by its very nature. Anyone who pitches in money is acknowledging that risk and saying that it’s worth it.
There have already been very high profile failures in physical properties. A certain high tech cooler that has failed to deliver anything to backers but is now available on Amazon for less than what the backers paid. A certain deck of cards that totally ripped off the artist.. just two examples that come to mind.
I’m not naming the products. They don’t need the publicity, but you can find it if you’re curious enough to search for it.

Coffee, Please
Coffee, Please

Wow, go team Elyria, Congrats.
The other stuff is interesting I suppose. Midair reminds me of Tribes. A bit late on the price drop for Horizons, for me, since I’ve already spent all of my gaming money for awhile (video card, BDO, SFV, fight stick, that’s quite a chunk of change).


thraay After reading the Koster blogs it sounded like SWG didnt have much support or money. I dont recall seeing a number though and Id assume it was far more than 1m.


CHRONICLES OF ELYRI is a no brainer for a $25.00 investment for myself. Just the sheer scope of the game is something I desperately want to see come to fruition.


thraay TimothyTierless They have a private investor besides the Kickstarter money though…


TimothyTierless Well last time I checked the original SWG team had loads and loads of experience on there team. They also had solid financial support for companies.  Here we have a group of guys with very little support and nothing more then the financial support that the backers put into it + there own out of pocket money.

Two completely different ends of the spectrum.