Make My MMO: Kickstarter’s RAW deal, Star Citizen’s alpha 3.6 is live

    
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This week in MMO crowdfunding was not a good week for MMO crowdfunding, thanks to RAW, whose Kickstarter campaign was actually canceled by Kickstarter itself just a day before it funded. While the crowdfunding platform gave refunded backers three possible reasons for the suspension of the campaign – all of which amount to fraud – it told PCGN’s journalists that the suspension was a result of the studio admitting it needed additional funds beyond Kickstarter to complete the game. As we noted, whether or not RAW is worthy or shady, this is certainly an alarming and new stance for Kickstarter, given just how many MMOs have been clear that their Kickstarter ask could not possibly fund an entire game. Either way, Killerwhale Games says work on RAW will continue with alternate crowdfunding methods.

Meanwhile, Ashes of Creation resurfaced with a new dev blog, Path of Titans joined our watch-list, we poked around Albion Online’s Percival update, Temtem announced it’s being published by Humble, Shroud of the Avatar bumped R68 to the test server, Trials of Ascension is well and truly dead (again, again), and Edengrad might be back.

Plus we’ve tucked in a bonus Star Citizen video from MOP reader DK in honor of the release of alpha 3.6 to all backers and the new ships and vehicles for sale. We’re going shopping, y’all!

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

Star Citizen: DK goes to the mall

Recent MMO crowdfunding news

Albion Online

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.
City of Heroes Homecoming (Homecoming) – Monthly donation rounds.
City of Titans (Missing Worlds Media) – Successful KS; Issue 0 delayed into 2019.
Descent Underground (Descendent Studios) – Successful KS.
Destiny’s Sword (2Dogs) – Kickstarter successful June 2019.
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. Abandoned, then not?
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. Alpha 2.
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)
Oath (Ready-Up) – Kickstarter funded.
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.
Path of Titans (Alderon) – Indiegogo.
Planet Nomads (Craneballs) – Kickstarted, early access launched sans multiplayer.
Playcraft (Bebop Games) – Kickstarter funded May 2019.
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.
RAW (Killerwhale) – Kickstarter canceled by Kickstarter.
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.
Ship of Heroes (Heroic) – Kickstarter canceled, beta expected before 2020.
Shroud of the Avatar (Portalarium) – Soft launch July 2016. Launch March 2018.
Spycursion (Defun) – Kickstarter unsuccessful.
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.

Star Citizen

Yes, some crowdfunded MMOs most definitely do succeed. But others crash and burn, and you need to hear about the whole spectrum of games that sought your money early in exchange for the promise of input and transparency. And that’s exactly what Make My MMO does every Saturday. Help us keep ’em accountable, would ya?
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micedicetwice

That shopping trip looks even more boring than my usual shopping in the closest store xD Oh god, why would people want even more routine in their lives than they already have is beyond me.

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deekay_000

follow up to the embedded video, turns out there’s a super exciting bug that causes passengers in your ship to obstruct QT beacons if they’re too close to the front or to the cockpit or w/e

so that’s fun, especially when you take your hombre on his first adventure in the game and it’s what you do the entire 90 minute session XD

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sizer99

this is certainly an alarming and new stance for Kickstarter

It’s a good stance for Kickstarter. I’m really glad they’re actually starting to try to filter out the fraudulent stuff that really should be on Indiegogo for the complete morons to fund.

Any sane person who looked at the KS for RAW would have said ‘holy s#$@ there are so many alarm bells here, you’d have to be a total dumbass to back this’ and passed on it. Unfortunately, apparently gamers never learn and will never develop any risk assessment and critical thinking skills, no matter how many times they’re burned, so I’m quite happy to see KS attempting to try to save them from themselves on the most egregious examples.

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MurderHobo

I’m lazy. Deekay, is it time to update, or can I wait another 6 months? I’m kinda busy lately.

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deekay_000

it’s always a good time to play now and it’s always a good time to wait for the next patch to two years.

such is the cycle of sc.

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Mewmew

It was far more than the fact that it would take much more than what they were asking to complete the game. What they promised would take vast more amounts of money though, the amount from Kickstarter would be a trickle in the bucket.

That wasn’t the only reason or even the main reason though, the project creators were investigated and their “company” wasn’t a registered company. Two out of the three names they listed were first names only, the company address was a residential building which the person who lived there refused to talk to PC Gamer.

There was more as well that was brought to Kickstarter’s attention besides these things but they weren’t even able to verify who these people were that were saying they were the developers.

Even if they all exist (again, two were listed by first name only – it’s quite possible this is all one single guy pretending to be multiple people) three people working on the game they’re promising to have out in 2019 for the amount of money they were asking, that wasn’t going to happen.

So it’s not just that they needed additional funds. Yes, a game like this would have needed a crazy amount more than they were asking for but that wasn’t all. They found that there was something shady going on as well, various rules being broken, etc.

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silverlock

But they can’t say they suspect something shady because then they’d open themselves up to a slander suit, and while in the US you would only need to prove reasonable doubt in much of the EU you would have to prove that they where trying to pull a scam.