Chronicles of Elyria’s latest community letter promises production update, title transfers, and more

    
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Chronicles of Elyria’s February newsletter rolled out last night to fans and backers, and it’s primarily focused on goings-on in the community, but there are some tidbits of note, including mention of armor sculpt armor concepts, the website update, sketches of Brudvir architecture, the surname feature, and sales events. The core of the piece actually comes at the end, when Soulbound discusses what’s next: title transfers, package merging, rewards, domain and settlement selection, and the 0.5.0 production update blog.

So will that appease malcontents? Probably not. There’s been a mild fuss on Reddit over the last couple of weeks as fans who helped to Kickstart the game in 2016 to the tune of $1.36 million are grumbling over the perceived lack of significant progress on the project and lack of produce the promised big December stream (the last one appears to have been in September). Even the commenters on this newsletter point out the promised production blog has been a long time coming, though some backers have suggested the significant progress is all going on in Discord behind closed doors – and behind the NDA – rather than in the monthly newsletters.

Readers will recall that after we named Chronicles of Elyria our MMO with the stormiest future at the end of last year, Soulbound Studios’ Jeromy Walsh said of his team, “We ARE the storm” coming in 2019.

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P Jones

Here is the CoE Lead Developer talking about MassivelyOP this morning:

CaspianToday at 12:23 AM
@(NA-W)Nimetau Vrinssh I have no idea why they are still writing about us. They already gave us an award for most likely to fail. Why do they bother at this point?

CaspianToday at 12:24 AM
Are they that hard-up for content they’re writing about our CJ blog posts? I mean. I guess that’s good. /shrug

CaspianToday at 12:25 AM
@(OCE) Jezzda It’s click bait. That’s it. Plain and simple.

Bree Royce
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Bree Royce

Yeah, that’s not what clickbait is. I’m beyond baffled. This reminds me of when a prominent PR person for a different indie MMO studio got really annoyed because he couldn’t fathom why we’d be asking questions about the studio’s financial health. I think some studios get really used to fansites and influencers, but that’s not what we are. This studio took over a million dollars in funding from MMO players on KS and continues to raise money from MMO players – of course we’re going to cover the only blog posts it’s putting out to keep abreast of how production is going (or isn’t). We do this for all the larger crowdfunded MMOs. The hard-up for content comment is just silly; we have more than we can write, and we’re hiring.

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PanagiotisLial1

Checked their forums a bit, and my eye fell on this thread

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Brandon Lee Adams

I want to play this game but I’m not throwing any money at it until they pick up the pace I want a game that’s exactly how they described this would be like but everyone else is so focused on shitty battle royals or fps games no fantasy mmorpgs except on pc which I need to get a new laptop eventually but I’d like to see an awesome mmo with a lot of the things these guys described released for ps4

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flying_dutchman

This game is so vaporware….. It’s been YEARS and at the pace they are going they wont have a real product for at least another 5-6 years. There’s no way they have the money to keep the lights on that long.

Glad I only kick-started it for like 10$. This game always seemed to have too much ambition. They had a lot of good ideas and a cool game concept but seemed to lack someone at the top reeling in all the “It would be cool if” Ideas and turning them into something less ambitions and more workable.

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P Jones

I’m surprised MassivelyOP is even running articles on this title anymore after their Lead Developer ragged on the site and said in essence that he would boycott it.

Bree Royce
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Bree Royce

Wow, where is that?

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Ragemaster9999

Jeremy threw a fit over some articles written on MMORPG.com and massivelyop

http://prntscr.com/ms111s

Bree Royce
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Bree Royce

Bizarre, no, nobody’s ever shown that to me. I’m not really sure what the part where it says we “indirectly requested not to have any exclusive access to the stuff [they’re] doing” means. I’m not sure that’s ever happened? I can’t recall ever suggesting that – sometimes we’ll avoid learning things under NDA, but I can’t recall that that’s even been offered for this game. Nor have we “made it clear [we] don’t want this game.” Even after we expressed our skepticism about the project this past December, we said we still wished them well and hoped 2019 was their year. Because even though we have serious doubts, I think most of us still want all MMOs to do well. I can’t speak for MMORPG.com, of course, but I’m baffled at the idea of snubbing their site over something some posters said.

If they can get on PC Gamer, they should do that. But it seems like they’ve misunderstood the role of the media here in general. This is such a rare thing that we don’t even have a policy on whether we’ll cover games under these circumstances – probably yes, primarily because our role as watchdog for readers and players is more important than petty grievances.

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P Jones

That snippet/screenshot was just part of his tirade. Apparently, as far as I can tell he feels that your site intentionally just posts bad stuff about his game because it draws clicks for you. And that you ignore all the good stuff because that would drive people to their site and not yours. It’s quite sad/tragic actually.

Bree Royce
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Bree Royce

Yeah, I mean, even the most cursory review of what we write about shows that’s not true (and our sourcing, too, which obviously drives attention and traffic to the game sites we cover – we’re, uh, not in competition with a game’s own website). And we cover every scrap they make public! Successful MMOs are our lifeblood. Ah well, that’s a bummer really because so many indies do just fine ’round here, even when they’re way behind schedule like this. Hope they can turn it around.

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P Jones

Don’t take it personally. It’s how most cults work. Create a fictitious enemy and create an “us against them” mentality. As shown in the links from this very article to their Reddit, people are getting very frustrated with this guy for his continued over-promising and non-delivery. So the heat is on, and the pressure is rising. Instead of buckling down and focusing on delivering a good game which will quiet all the critics, he picks a fight with the two main MMORPG fan sites in the world. Sounds like a great plan.

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Dro Gul

This develop is a clown.

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Eliandal

I think the sites columnists have more integrity than that :)!

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Rick Mills

Bleh.