Make My MMO: Shroud of the Avatar shutters physical office, Ashes of Creation delays next alpha

    
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This week week in MMO crowdfunding, we’ve seen what could be potential setbacks for two larger crowfunding MMORPGs. First, Shroud of the Avatar studio Portalarium announced it has closed its physical office, partly to save money and partly because of lease gouging in Austin. Developers will work remotely for now while studio leads continue scoping out a new physical space for onboarding new developers expected to be hired this year.

Second, Ashes of Creation yesterday announced it will be delaying the next phases of alpha one slightly for infrastructure refactoring following its battle royale tests earlier this year. It also won’t be making 2019 for launch, though you probably figured that already.

Meanwhile, Ship of Heroes teased street signs, Chronicles of Elyria finally put out a dev blog, Valiance Online posted fresh weekly updates, crowdfunding platform BrightLocker is collapsing, Temtem teased caves, Albion Online announced its Oberon expansion, and Star Citizen company Cloud Imperium mucked about with rebranding its Squadron 42 studio. Finally, the Kickstarter for Spycursion, an indie cyberespionage MMO, appears to have stalled out a bit, still sitting at around $4000 of its $100,000 goal.

Read on for more on what’s been up with MMO crowdfunding over the last few weeks and our roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’re following!

Spycursion’s Kickstarter

Recent MMO crowdfunding news

Temtem’s cave tease

Ship of Heroes

Campaigns and crowdfunded MMOs we’re watching

3001SQ (Société des Mondes Virtuels) – Kickstarter unsuccessful, dev halted in 2018.
AdventureQuest 3D (Artix Entertainment) – Raised 368k; beta began Oct 2016.
Albion Online (Sandbox) – Launched July 2017, hit Steam May 2018.
Antraxx (Team Antraxx) – Kickstarter canceled.
Ascent: The Space Game (Fluffy Kitten Studios) – Successful KS. Fully launched 2016.
Ashes of Creation (Intrepid Studios) – Successful KS. Alpha zero.
Broke Protocol (Cylinder) – Unsuccessful KS. In free early access.
Camelot Unchained
(City State) – Kickstarter successful; open donations/packages.
Caribbean Conquest (Invenio) – First KS canceled, second ended unsuccessfully.
Codename Reality (Orode) – Kickstarter unsuccessful.
Contested Space (Zon)
Crowfall (ArtCraft) – Kickstarter win, open packages, Indiegogo crowdfunding ongoing.
Chronicles of Elyria (Soulbound) – Kickstarter successful, open packages.
Citadel of Sorcery (MMO Magic, Inc.) – Open donations.
City of Titans (Missing Worlds Media) – Successful KS; Issue 0 delayed into 2019.
Descent Underground (Descendent Studios) – Successful KS.
Divergence Online (Stained Glass Llama) – Three campaigns; now in KS early access.
Dogma: Eternal Night
(Prelude Games Factory): Kickstarter. Probably dead.
Dragon of Legends (Thrive Games) – Successful Kickstarter.
Dual Universe (Novaquark) – Kickstarter funded, donor platform. Backer alpha.
Eco (Strange Loop Games) – Funded, now in alpha.
Edengrad (Huckleberry Games) – Kickstarter funded; in early access.
Elite: Dangerous (Frontier Developments) – Funded and fully launched.
Empyrion Online (Eleon) – Kickstarter canceled; launched on Steam early access.
Endless Trials (Fire Hurts) – Kickstarter canceled.
Epic Space (EpicSpace.net)
EverFeud (PSB) – Kickstarter canceled.
Ever, Jane (3 Turn Productions) – Now in open beta.
Fractured (Dynamight) – Kickstarter successful. Pre-alpha.
Global Adventures (SubaGames) – Kickstarter funded.
Gloria Victis (Black Eye Games) – Open donations, no end date; in early access.
Greed Monger (Greed Monger) – Abandoned, now allegedly in refund process.
Grim Dawn (Crate Entertainment) – Funded and launched.
Guardians of Ember (Runewaker) – Funded and launched.
Guns of Icarus (Muse) – Funded and launched.
Hero’s Song (Pixelmage) – KS canceled; Indiegogo. Canceled w/ refunds.
Infinity: Battlescape (I-Novae Studios)
HEX (HEX Entertainment) – Funded and launched.
Legends of Aria (Citadel Studios) – Kickstarted as Shards Online. Early access.
Life is Feudal (Bitbox): Indiegogo ended. Currently in beta.
LUX (Chimera) – Kickstarter canceled.
Maestros of the Anthymn (String Theory) – Kickstarter canceled.
Maguss (Maguss) – Indiegogo successful; open beta.
Mekria (Infinity Online Studios) – Kickstarter canceled.
Midair (Archetype Studios) – Kickstarter successful.
Nebula Online (Mizar Games) Kickstarter canceled; launched in November.
Neo’s Land (NeoJac Entertainment) – Open donations, no end date.
Novus AEterno (Taitale Studios)
OrbusVR (Ad Alternum) – KS funded March 2017. In early access.
Overpower (Hydrant Games) – Kickstarter unfunded; heading to early access.
Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen (Visionary Realms) – Open donations. Pre-alpha.
Pantropy (Brain Stone GmbH): First Kickstarter canceled, second funded.
Pathfinder Online (GoblinWorks) – Doom, mostly.
Planet Nomads (Craneballs) – Kickstarted, early access launched sans multiplayer.
Pixel Starships (SavySoda)
Project Gorgon (Elder Game) – Kickstarted in three tries + Indiegogo. Early access.
Project Oasis World (POW) – Kickstarter unsuccessful.
Pumpkin Online (Monique) – Downgrading from MMORPG.
Temtem (Crema) – Kickstarter fully funded; now in alpha.
The Exiled (Fairytale Distillery) – fka Das Tal; KS unsuccessful. Early access.
The Flower of KnighthoodKickstarter canceled.
The Realm: Reawakened (Stephen Nichols) – Ongoing GoFundMe.
The Repopulation (Idea Fabrik) – Kickstarted twice by A&B. Back in alpha.
ROKH (Darewise) – Kickstarter canceled; in  early access but not active dev.
RUiN (Tarhead Studio) – Kickstarter successful.
The Stomping Land (Alex Fundora) – Abandoned.
Sacrament (Ferocity Unbound) – Kickstarter failed; Patreon ongoing.
Saga of Lucimia (Stormhaven) – Indiegogo. Intermittent pre-alphas.
Shadow’s Kiss (Clockwork Throne) – Ongoing Patreon, Kickstarter funded.
Shroud of the Avatar (Portalarium) – Soft launch July 2016. Launch March 2018.
Spycursion (Defun) – Kickstarter ends March 28.
Squadron 42 (Cloud Imperium) – Beta delayed until at least 2020.
Star Citizen (Cloud Imperium) – Ongoing donations/packages. Backer alpha.
TUG (Nerd Kingdom) – Totally abandoned without a word. Now considered a scam.
Vigor Roads (NeuronHaze) – Kickstarter unsuccessful; early access planned for 2017.
War of Rights (Campfire Games) – Successful Kickstarter; in early access.

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Roger Melly

Not looking all that good for mmo releases this year :(

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Armsbend

Decent other games though finally. 2017-18 had jack shit. March for instance is kinda full of good releases/updates. This is the first month in 5+years I have to make a choice what to play. Steady info about New World starting to trickle through and some real hype titles like Dune.

The big publishers becomes a household joke are good for entertainment as the indies/Tencent take over the industry.

The biggest news this year will come later when Netflix/MS/Amazon/Disney unveil their plans to dominate gaming with their streaming services. The publishers are going to become small time contractual workers.

I’m really looking forward to watching them be destroyed brick by brick. They deserve it all and more.

tl;dr 2019 is already better than last year’s shitshow. They could fire everyone at Bioware tomorrow and people wouldn’t care outside of 2 or 3 days. They won’t that’s coming in August.

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A Dad Supreme

“First, Shroud of the Avatar studio Portalarium announced it has closed its physical office, partly to save money and partly because of lease gouging in Austin.”
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Why do you have to build IN Austin? Why not in the suburbs or slightly further out from Austin? Or even an hour away from Austin?

I’m sure they could have gotten an empty building someplace in Texas for a song to make a video game where even the landlord would have practically built them a brand new interior.

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rafael12104

Hmm. I’m in Austin and it isn’t a problem. I mean, I don’t know the ins and outs of what they are looking for specifically, but there is office space all over the place. It really depends on how much you want to spend. And of course, I’m including the outskirts.

Gouging? It happens. Austin is a beautiful place and I’m sure if you want the sweet office overlooking Town Lake you are going to pay. But it makes no sense that they couldn’t find something reasonable and functional.

Nah, I suspect they want to cut costs. Garriot himself wasn’t coming into the office anymore. So, maybe they are going to switch to telecommuting.

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Sally Bowls

I certainly did not understand “gouging.” I would tend to think of high rents more as normal market rates rather than gouging. The internet seems to say that a 3000 SQ ft office would be $200K a year in the best locations and going down from there.

It struck me that if you deliberately chose Austin (or Seattle or Palo Alto or …) and are somehow surprised the rents are high and increasing rapidly, there are probably bigger problems than rent.

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Sally Bowls

An hour away from Austin is what, 5 miles. (I was surprised at how bad the traffic was.) So if you lived south and they moved 45 minutes further north, you are screwed. And Polarium can’t afford relocation fees or to lose employees. IMO, you are right they never should have been there in the first place, but now telecommuting may be their least bad alternative.

An example of expensive Austin real estate:

https://www.statesman.com/news/20170405/richard-garriott-property-once-home-to-giant-themed-parties-on-the-market-for-45-million

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rafael12104

Lol! I guess it is all relative. The traffic is bad at certain times during the day . But it is nowhere near what the traffic is like in Houston or Dallas for example.

The one thing about Austin that is interesting is that certain neighborhoods near the center of the city are very expensive. The closer to Town Lake and downtown the more you are going to pay for a small space.

10 miles from downtown, that’s when you start to see pricing diminish depending on the area.

Oh yes! I’ve met Richard though there is no way he remembers me. Lol. He was a big deal here in Austin as you probably know. He used to open his huge house to the public every year around Halloween for an Ultima-themed haunted house of sorts.

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Akagi

I think it’s because when they started out with the game they were expecting things to go massive, but it ended up the opposite of massive. And with time they just settled so deep that they didn’t move sooner. I guess even the staff believed Richard Gariott’s promises.

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Bruno Brito

Never believe PR, specially when the person behind it can’t even pretend to be a PR guy.

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Mikka Hansen

if I was working at Portalarium I’d devote the time at home updating my resume and doing some interviews without worry.

RG’s robot ran out of batteries in 2016, Starr has been working for another company since the layoffs and Chris is too busy arguing with redditors, noone controls what the handful employees left are or are not doing, this company is far beyond the point where anything matters anymore

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PanagiotisLial1

I wonder whatever happened to the few vampire themed mmos that were being developed, havent heard anything in ages about them

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Mordyjuice

Maybe some one shined some day light on them and they burned away?

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Roger Melly

Perhaps they never really had any serious chance of being made .