For any Chronicles of Elyria fans who happened to miss out getting themselves some in-game land and has $65 to $3,500 burning a hole in their pocket, you probably will be interested in learning that another event (which boils down to Soulbound Studios selling things) is on. Specifically, a Settlers of Elyria event, which is putting unclaimed Duchies, Counties, Settlements, and even a Kingdom up for grabs.
Here’s how it works: From now until Saturday, February 1st, unclaimed settlements will be up for Dutch auction, meaning the price of a settlement will drop 1% every day until the end of the event to a total of 45% off. On top of that, there will be flash sales for featured settlements every 20 minutes, hacking an extra 10% off of the original price. Bear in mind, though, that this in-game land isn’t actually built yet: Chronicles of Elyria isn’t in any alpha testing at the time of this writing, just an internal pre-alpha, so the real estate on offer isn’t real, even in a digital sense.
As alluded to earlier, this isn’t the first time Soulbound Studios has extended its considerable crowdfunding through these types of sales since its initial Kickstarter back in 2016: The devs have raised over $7 million to date with help from a “Kickstarter-versary” funding event that added additional stretch goals to the game. Chronicles of Elyria has also begun selling advent calendar lockboxes for $75. Looking back through the big news from Elyria in 2019, you’ll find that a high proportion of it revolves around the game’s many fundraisers and land selection events (like those in our roundup below) though we’ve also gotten a couple of pre-alpha videos and news on maps and farming. Like many similar crowdfunded ventures, Elyria has long since missed its original launch window; earlier this year, in apparent response to receiving our “stormiest future” award in 2018, the studio declared that 2019 would be its year: “This year, we are the storm.”