Chronicles of Elyria dives into friends and family alpha

While Chronicles of Elyria’s backers should be getting into the game’s alpha and beta tests next year, a select fortunate few are already enjoying an ongoing “friends and family” alpha test.

Soulbound Studios announced that the test is already underway: “This month, we’ve reached a huge milestone: our Friends and Family closed alpha. Chronicles of Elyria is now up and running on private servers for our friends and family to access outside of the studio — huzzah! We’re already learning a lot about the the performance profile of the game and are eager for our Alpha 1 backers to join us online in early 2018.”

In this week’s newsletter, the team reported progress on many fronts. This includes an Unreal Engine character creation tool and more biomes for starter tribes. And while the development team is taking off a little bit of time for the holidays, it is ramping up work on VoxElyria, combat, and crafting. Fans also should look forward to an end-of-the-year wrap-up in the near future.

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2Ton Gamer

End of Year Wrap Up: Game was delayed but there are a few contests where you can spend money to make your kingdom the “winner”. smh, that about sums up the year.

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Fady Galaband

The video showing gameplay of walking through the biomes was pretty sweet. I also think the attention of detail even down to showing veins in the skin shows that Soulbound are trying to break the mold of what we consider MMORPGs. Now that friends and family are in, I’m looking forward to fans getting a chance to getting in this game.

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silverlock

From the CoE Dictionary:
Friend
noun
Someone who gives us ten thousand dollars.

synonyms Whale, credulous

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cista2bpo

Pays dollars, gets to play game = probably happy.
Pays no dollars, doesn’t get to play = hates on interwebs.

kapier
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kapier

I was expecting more from you silverlock.

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P Jones

So is this Alpha for the real game or is it just the silly VoxElyria placeholder?

If it’s a real alpha that’s good news. If it’s “Alpha” for the silly Minecraft wannabe add on then this is a waste of time.

Captain_Seli
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Captain_Seli

VoxElyria is tied Directly to the Unreal Engine. So what you do in VoxElyria, connects to UE4 client. Meaning, they can test the server side settings without the fancy graphics of the UE4, and STILL get the same data they would with the fancy graphics. This saves them time and effort.

So, while they develop the fancy animations on UE4, we can play with the “silly Minecraft wannabe” (Its not an Addon), and they can get valuable testing data at the same time.

Essentially, VoxElyria is the precursor to the full Unreal Engine experience, and it is needed to develop the game faster. If you read up on it at the CoE website, you will get a much better understanding of how it all works.

Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

Obviously different, but that sounds an awful lot like what we all heard about landmark.

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silverlock

Well it’s nice to see people are still chasing that dream. I know I want to see it realized.

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Dro Gul

Exactly. I think we know how this ends.