Chronicles of Elyria has returned after winter holidays with a new newsletter for backers. As usual, the newsletter is pretty fluffy (I mean, there’s literally a meme about pigs-in-blankets), but the studio also posts a run-down of devs who’ve joined the Soulbound Studios team, which actually is good news: There’s a former Camelot Unchained and Star Citizen dev brought on as a producer, a former Destiny franchise dev who’s now on UX/UI design for Elyria, and a Halo artist brought on for UI work as well.
The studio also teases one of the elusive desert NPC groups and points to players to the Settlers of Elyria update thread for the latest news on that botched event (it hasn’t been updated since before Christmas, though). There’s also a section on in-game knowledge.
“In Chronicles of Elyria we make a strong distinction between what you know, and what your character knows. Mostly this is done to make sure that things like looking up a recipe online won’t create an in-balance where one player has to go through in-game means to acquire information while another just looks it up and bypasses a ton of the effort that was meant to be involved. However, treating character knowledge the way we do also means that you will need to take your character out into the world to learn the things you want your character to know. Even as a Kypiq character, you won’t simply be “born” knowing how to treat Ironwood. (Unless you spark into a Kypiq artisan who has already learned the secret, of course!) Instead, you will need to seek out an NPC with the knowledge and convince them to teach you their secrets.”
The studio closes out the missive by reiterating that its “top priority” is fixing the Settlers of Elyria event, followed by the “Organization Faire with Personas” and eventually the annual state of the game blog post. “Work continues on the core CoE game, as the Prelyria client continues to see work done in all of the areas we’ll need for initial testing to begin,” SBS says. As we’ve previously noted, like many similar crowdfunded ventures, Elyria has long since missed its original launch window; last year, in apparent response to receiving our “stormiest future” award in 2018, the studio declared that in 2019, it would be “the storm.”
Greetings all! Now that we're back from the holidays we can post a proper send off for the last month of the decade. In this Community Journal we look back at the very short month of December. Find your favorite columns and more in this final CJ of 2019: https://t.co/gh2J8uj8Xe pic.twitter.com/uSukgLEweV
— Soulbound Studios (@SoulboundStudio) January 8, 2020
That Twitter thread has this gem, incidentally. MMO players, never change.
Rome wasn't built in a day, and this is much bigger than Rome.
— ElyrianLife (@ElyrianLife) January 9, 2020