The Daily Grind: Will you kickstart any MMOs in 2020?

    
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I ask you guys this every year. And every year I get the same wary replies. Everyone’s sick of Kickstarter. Nobody trusts Kickstarter games. We’re all still waiting on the first generation of titles we poured money into ages ago to actually launch. Or worse, we’ve sunk money into games that have already gone belly up. We’re not keen to do it again.

I did back one MMORPG on the crowdfunding platform this year, however: I couldn’t resist Book of Travels. It’s beautiful and weird, and the studio is one I was already familiar with and trusted from its other games. As I told one friend, I think it’s a sure bet we’ll see the game, and even if I don’t, I’ll be glad to have contributed to the success of something unique in our genre.

Did you back anything in 2019? And will you kickstart any MMOs in 2020?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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Solaris

If Raph Koster’s project goes KS,then yes.

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Mewmew

I wouldn’t say that “everyone” is sick of Kickstarter. Otherwise, we wouldn’t still see any games being funded there, and we definitely are seeing new games that get funded there quite often.

People should be more wary about what they fund, but that doesn’t mean a complete stop to funding.

I’m totally open to Kickstarter games personally. I won’t put in more than I can afford to lose, and I don’t fund just because some single-player demo of a future multiplayer game looks good. But if I think something seems like a decent game and can reasonably be made I will put my own funds up on that bet.

I don’t go in that often, but I do go in. I too put in for Book of Travels because I trust that it’s being made and that the company isn’t promising beyond what it is able to deliver. It’s a real company that has experience with games, including online multiplayer code as well. I chose a tier that actually gets me the game cheaper than what it will be at release and I still get some in-game extras on top of it.

I also put in on Fractured, not because I had trust in the company or anything, I just simply really liked the idea they were putting out there. I don’t know what will happen with that one. I don’t have the confidence that I do about Book of Travels, but like I said I don’t put in more than I can afford to lose if they do sink. I liked the idea they were putting up and wanted to try and help it become a reality.

I put up what I can afford to lose, if a game flops I won’t be out that much. If they succeed, I feel that I helped that happen and I get some cool extras in the game.

I’ve been in a few failed Kickstarters, but I’ve been in more that have succeeded and put out decent products than have failed. To me writing it off completely because of a failure here and there is like writing off relationships with others because of a few failed relationships. There’s no need to write them all off, just be more careful and don’t go all in right away.

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Armsbend

Lol.

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Oleg Chebeneev

No plans yet. Been many years since I did. But who knows, maybe somebody comes out with something remarkable that I’ll want to support.

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NeoWolf

I will as ever Kickstart any project MMO or otherwise that I find interesting. I will do my due diligence before backing it in order to minimize risk and life will go on as always :)

I have backed many projects over the last few years and had only two fail to deliver and those were recent, prior to that I has zero bad KS’s. But people shouldn’t be put off by a KS’er not delivering etc.. because it is part of the risk of crowdfunding.

People NEED to understand you are not buying a tangible “something” kickstarter is not Amazon or best buy you aren’t shopping for a finished product, you are investing only in its possibility without guarantee. With that in mind and understanding development/production times involved whatever the medium being backed and that there is always a risk, and never letting your enthusiasm get the better of good sense and investing what you cannot afford to lose to begin with then there is no reason to be concerned over Kickstarters at all.

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donvweel

Trust me on this you don’t want me kickstarting anything, it’s the kiss of death.

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Crowe

Heh, I understand that. Anything I’ve played Early Access on in Steam has royally sucked.

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Vaeris

Nah. Honestly I’m kind of over giving people money for a product I won’t have in my hands for months or years. Especially when said product changes from what you initially sold me on. Tell you what. You make it, and make it good, and if it interests me in the end as much as it did when you announced it, I’ll buy it.

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Zero_1_Zerum

After the black hole for money that’s called Star Citizen… nope. I haven’t Kickstarted any MMOS.

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Robert Mann

No. I’m quite satisfied with what I have Kickstarted in the past… but since Kickstarter and my account provider (banking choice) seem to have issues I haven’t even bothered looking in a fair while. Especially since the good virtual card sites I knew effectively died for anyone outside the E.U. due to E.U. legal changes.

Further, I am currently not seeing a lot of MMO options that appeal. I’m looking for things that are different, not just rehashing the same design. Until that changes a lot of my potential purchasing is on hold.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

With Epic Games Store raiding kickstarters who promised to launch on Steam, after watching projects fail to launch, after the complete monetization of games I hoped would find a different solution, nope, no, never.

Unless it’s Book of Travels.