Chronicles of Elyria begins putting unclaimed land up for sale for a limited time

    
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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.”

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P Jones
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P Jones

For anyone wondering, this shitshow has been down since it started except for a brief window where people could buy things, get charged but not get them. It’s almost 24 hours down now.

@Bree You SURE you don’t want to revote on Stormiest Future? I mean, when you can’t even get your sales/events to work and that is pretty much your whole game at this point I think the future looks pretty damn stormy.

Reginald Bottomsworth
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Reginald Bottomsworth

Hopefully the people who were fooled by this scam when Richard Garriott pulled it do not get fooled again. Come to think of it, I hope nobody falls for it.

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Dro Gul

They have multiple staff from the failed Revival game including the lead designer. Say what you want about SotA… at least it exists. Unlike Revival which also sold virtual real estate for cash and then went belly up.

Reginald Bottomsworth
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Reginald Bottomsworth

I’m not giving kudos to a studio because their grift was at least somewhat successful, lol.

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Nick Smith

Hahahaha Schlag :)

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officeape

CoE is starting to feel like “High-Fantasy Star Citizen.”

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silverlock

In Star Citizens defense the cost of entry is way lower then CoE and most other games of this sort. I have no defense for any of these titles obscene top end prices though.

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Dro Gul

Also you can play Star Citizen for free on their FlyFree weekends and see what’s there.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

As much as people dislike how they are funding the development of the game this way, for an indie game of this scale there are no good options if you don’t get major funding from outside investors.

And I say this as a person who feels that what they have to do here is embarrassing. But what else they could do to get it done?

It’s bad reputation vs abandoning development.

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micedicetwice

for an indie game of this scale there are no good options

Not true. Check out Elite Dangerous and Warframe. Just don’t fucking try to build a Leviathan in one go, like CoE or SC, build it like a house instead, step by step, adding new content and features. But they don’t want to, do they?

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Jon Wax

The mmo community is pretty brutal about lack of content. It’s like you’re damned if you put out a post retail with no input vs multiple betas and alphas wherein nobody but the minority are happy and each negative piece of press kills it’s retail potential.

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Dro Gul

Don’t have a Kickstarter for a million. Set a budget for 4 million stating it will come from investors, and then abandon that and squeeze out 8 million from the backers and not have anything playable.

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styopa

Everything I lazily googled said this was scheduled for latter-half 2019 release.*
*in fact, that’s on their own website: https://chroniclesofelyria.com/game/getting-started

I think they’re running out of 2019?

You know, I and a lot of others regularly jump SC’s shit for just being an ephemeral money-grubbing machine. Let’s all be clear that CoE is at least in the same league of snake-oilry, selling crap that doesn’t exist for a game you can’t actually play.

It’d be great if companies would stop doing that in 2020. They won’t.

Bree Royce
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Bree Royce

Original Kickstarter pegged Dec 2017 for most of the playables/deliverables. That seems off to me, though – that would’ve been like a year and a half of turnaround after Kickstarter. Maybe that was supposed to be the alpha or open beta? Either way, they’re not there yet.

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Dro Gul

Nope you are correct. The Kickstarter FAQ even reaffirmed the Dec 2017 date for release of the full game. There is also a famous thread on their forum where Walsh attacks the doubters and asks if they have seen his Gantt charts.

You can’t make this stuff up.

You guys planning a follow up to his We are the Storm in 2019 boast?

Bree Royce
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Bree Royce

Welllll. It didn’t win stormiest future this year, but only because other dumpster fires have been burning brighter. :P

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Dro Gul

Well I think you should re-evaluate based on the fiasco that this sale/event has turned into. Their are so many bugs that even the silly people that want to buy the virtual non-real estate can’t and SbS has no clue why.

When your sales are fails your future is Stormy!

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Bruno Brito

because other dumpster fires have been burning brighter. :P

The light at the end of the tunnel.

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Dro Gul

Just went and confirmed:
Q: When will the game release? When will we get access to Alpha/Beta/etc?
A: It depends on our funding levels, as that will enable us to hire more staff to allow for concurrent development. Right now we’re aiming for December 2017 for full release. Alpha & Beta dates have not yet been released, as we’ll need to iterate on development and internal testing before each of those releases, so things are more fluid in those stages of development.

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Dro Gul

The event is actually delayed while they fix last minute bugs. What a shock.

They claim 1 hour. We will see.

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Covynant001

7 hours later still no one can complete a transaction, SBS team is at a loss for a root cause, looks like it will be a long night for Caspian and team.

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Dro Gul

Great article and framing of this farce for what it is. I love this part:

“ so the real estate on offer isn’t real, even in a digital sense.”

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partiesplayin

Glad I didn’t fall for this KS and didn’t back this game. After seeing this selling land in a completely unplayable game is the craziest thing I have ever herd of. “Run You Fools !!”