The Daily Grind: Will you kickstart any MMOs in 2018?


I didn’t back a single video game in 2017, which is a first for me. The year before, I backed Hero’s Song, and we all know how that ended. I’m looking forward to a few of the games I backed actually coming to fruition this year, like Crowfall and Shroud of the Avatar, while others, like TUG, I just figure represent money I’ll never see paid back in game form. Lesson learned, right?

It’s not as though there weren’t epic games rolling out last year, either; Ashes of Creation, one of the biggest MMOs ever on Kickstarter, owned a lot of headlines last year and it looks really great, but ultimately I decided that I’d just rather wait until it’s actually ready before leaping in. I’m not swearing off the platform on purpose, just more willing to be cautious and patient. Others of you, I know, are over and done with Kickstarter, either because you’re fed up or because you’ve been genuinely burned. And still others are hoping for a revolution in the genre and will gladly throw money at it – if it will just show up.

Will you Kickstart any MMOs in 2018?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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I’ve backed many games in the past few years and IMHO, none have turned out to be worthy of the amount of money I’ve spent backing them. I was particularly unhappy that Marvel Heroes — a game I backed in the amount of $200 or more — is no longer even playable.

Thank God I didn’t back a couple of other games out there like Everquest Next or else I’d really be ticked!

However, with all that said, there are still 2 games remaining of those I’ve already backed: Camelot Unchained and Ashes of Creation. Fortunately, both those games are from development talent with a history for producing quality MMOs, so I feel pretty confident having invested money in both those games. Could they still fail? Possibly!…but I was willing to take the risk.

As of now, barring a release of another quality Star Wars, DC/Superhero, or D&D MMO, I’m not planning on investing any more money into any MMO kickstarter. As much as I am dying for the next great MMO, I’m tired of wasting money on unworthy contenders.

I will say, I like where CU and AoC appear headed and it seems the idea behind the development of both those games is dedicated specifically at players like me that are tired of the direction MMOs have been taken in the past several years. So, we shall see!

Steven Duncan

I am willing to back MMOs on kickstarter in the coming year if it interests me
I backed Hex TCG for way to much, but, play it multiple times per week.
I backed Shroud of the Avatar, and just logged out of it, right before coming here.
I also backed Camelot Unchained, which I have high hopes for.
That said, I was familiar with Cryptozoics board games, and they where making Hex.
Lord British, very familiar name to me. And ultima online was my first online MMO I ever played.
Mark Jacobs is a familiar name back from when I played Dark Age of Camelot, so his running the project for Camelot Unchained seemed a reasonable bet for me.

Daniel Miller

I backed about 60 in 2017. Most single player or vn’s

I never jump on the big huge games. I backed 80 projects since 2016. None have gone bad.

Sure a few project revive, edge of eternity, have had issues but i backed them long after ks. CoE CU, i backed on ks. But I am smart enough to know a mmo backed takes three to five years to play. And I only buy base games. Never go beyond that.

Chronicles of Elyria MMO
Camalot Unchained MMO
LEGRAND LEGACY – Tale of the Fatebounds
Sunless Skies 
Banner Saga 3, 2, 1
A Clockwork Ley-Line – A Visual Novel Trilogy
Valthirian Arc: Red Covenant – Academy for Heroes
A Grand Entrance for Visual Novel Grisaia: Phantom Trigger
Fatal Twelve 
Mages of Mystralia
Sacred Fire: Psychological RPG about revenge and loyalty
Chuusotsu – 1st Graduation – A Visual Novel with Philosophy
AIdol: Artificial Intelligence Idol – A Visual Novel
Minotaur: a point and click visual novel
On Earth As It Is In Heaven – A Kinetic Novel
Eternal Hour
Hoshizora No Memoria
Ramen no Oujisama / The Ramen Prince 
Medieval Shopkeeper
Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Vol.3
Episicava Vol. 1 – A Visual Novel Action/Adventure Epic
A Wonderful Welcome for Visual Novel Wonderful Everyday
The Masquerade Killer – Otome Game / Visual Novel
Zold:out – Innovative Anime Style TRPG
Reverie: A Heroes Tale
Neolithic : First City-States – A Historical Strategy Game
Celestian Tales: Realms Beyond
Oakwood Academy of Spells and Sorcery – Visual Novel
Celestian Tales
Artificer – The science of magic
Chemically Bonded VN
My Time at Portia – An Enchanting Sandbox Simulation RPG
Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark – Classic Turn-based Tactical JRPG
Where Poppies Grow
Deiland RPG
When Days Rewind Special: Senji’s School Trip.
Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Vol.4
Our Feelings – Visual Novel
The Ballad Singer – Write your own fantasy story!
Princess Guard 

See all are delivered or on there way.

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Not for mmo type games. I will crowdfund smaller games that can turn around in a couple years or lesser.

My heart is not up for any more undelivered promises after 5+ years.


Kickstarter is SO 2015. ICO’s are where it’s at.


I think I’m done with Kickstarters. Of the games I’ve kickstarted only one currently holds any promise of releasing what was originally promised: Camelot Unchained in a reasonable timeframe. Assuming City State delivers (and every indication is that they will in 2018 some time) then that will be one game of quite a few that paid off. That’s a really bad win/loss ratio on my part.

Star Citizen *may eventually* deliver on this impossible dream of Chris Roberts but if it does it will be many years in the future. Honestly I’ve written that money off as lost, but I’m hoping for the sake of the 100k+ other backers that it’s not. I’m certainly done investing in it unless they can deliver something better than the current Alpha 3.0 dumpster they put on the live servers over Christmas.

Chronicles of Elyria seems to be vaporware, and the more they talk about the game the less interesting it sounds to me. The one gameplay video of that dungeon they showed was utterly ‘meh’ in my book. If they gave refunds I’d look into it.

The Repopulation… wow… yah, they got me. What else… oh yah Firefall. That’s $100 I’ll never get back.

I’m just at the point now I need to see a finished product before I put my money down, and I’m OK if I have to put down more than I would if I had Kickstarted. I’m willing to pay more for a sure thing than less for a maybe 1 in 5 chance of seeing a finished product.

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You got snookered on Elyria. That one was so obvious I can’t believe they raised over a million bucks. All of it is going to be stolen and then some.


Unless something really fits a specific niche that appeals to me, or i find that its features are extremely promising, then i’m almost positive i won’t.

Majority of Kickstarter games that are under development at this point are heavily geared towards either PVP, crafting, or survival-style games, and those simply don’t appeal to me.

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No. Star Citizen taught me a good lesson about crowd funding.

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Peregrine Falcon

Kickstarter combines the worst features of pre-orders with lockboxes. Put in a ton of money and maaaybe you’ll get a game and maaaaybe you’ll get ripped off.

No thanks. I don’t pre-order and I don’t buy lootboxes. MOP’s the only thing I’ve ever kickstarted and it will probably stay that way.

Rolan Storm

I might. Most kickstarters I participated in were successful. Guess I was lucky.

Except for ‘Greed Monger’. But come on, I knew that deep down. Nothing with ‘greed’ in a title will pan out good.