Mark Kern’s crowdfunded MMO shooter Em-8ER has ‘nearly’ finished its demo characters

    
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Welcome to Sucksville, population 25,000.

It’s been a while since we checked in on Em-8ER, Mark Kern’s frustratingly named “massive planetary wargame,” so we’re rectifying that today.

MMO players will recall that Kern renamed the game Em-8ER (from Ember) back in 2016, not long after announcing the new game, which proposed “serial Kickstarting” and has run several successful Indiegogo campaigns for different chunks of development. Kern, of course, is well known as a controversial figure in the MMO genre thanks in part to his ousting from the now-sunsetted Firefall and his involvement in the pre-WoW Classic vanilla WoW community.

Earlier this year, we reported on Crixa Labs’ acquisition of the composer who worked on Firefall; since then, Kern has been pumping out monthly video updates for backers. The most recent touches on the upcoming art build.

“Nearly all the characters are finished for the game demo,” Kern says – that includes human men and women as well as four races. “They need to be textured and animated, but a new build with fully textured assets will be distributed to all backers so they can see the completed art progress so far.”

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Bryan Correll

I’d pretty much forgotten this was a thing. Why did you have to remind me???

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Armsbend

Maybe the next article will be about the team almost finishing a report on the progress of the game. Exciting stuff.

And people want these jokers to succeed at…something. What a sham.

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Utakata

Dum-8 and Dum-8ER. /lE-sigh

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Castagere Shaikura

I miss Firefall.

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Sleepy

Me too, at least the level-free version that had lots of dynamic events. I’ll give this a shot in the hopes that it will be similar.

I’m still going to laugh and point at the name though.

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Bruno Brito

Ok, waiting for the first revamp.

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MolleaFauss

Time to overhaul it already!

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Indigo Salma

I’m just curious to see how the game will be. Honestly i don’t care who is making it as long as its something interesting and similar to FireFall.

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miol

It’s alive!

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Hirku

“That’s Fr0nk-3n5t33n…”

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miol

XD

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Schlag Sweetleaf

/SALUTE miol!

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Hirku

“PUT…THE CANDLE…BACK!”

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miol

/bow

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cursedseishi

Lets just call it what it is then–Not-Firefall. It’s Firefall in mechanics, Firefall in style, Firefall in music, and Firefall in obtuse development status and utter confusion.

All we’re missing is a fancy PvP bus with “Em-8er” as its license plate!

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Ryan Jones

LOL

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Philip Armstrong

Grumm is an ok guy. I want to play what he is creating.