Last fall, Zenith came out of nowhere to raise over a quarter of a million dollars on Kickstarter. Its tiny team – the three-person Ramen studio – initially asked only for $25,000 to combine with its outside investment to build a sprawling cyberpunk MMO “inspired by anime and JRPG classics and reimagined as a dynamic living world with cross-play between VR platforms and PC,” a “futuristic universe in which players will fight, craft, explore, and live as they forge alliances and friendships in guilds and parties.”
And now, the game is apparently moving toward pre-alpha. Longtime readers will recall that pre-alpha was originally slated for three months from the end of the Kickstarter, which would’ve put it at the start of January, with closed alpha by April and closed beta by August 2020. By our count, that puts them only three months behind schedule.
“We’re excited to announce the release date of the Pre-Alpha as March 21st, 2020!” Ramen announced last night, cautioning players that it’s an “extremely early version of the game” with incomplete systems.
“Although only founders will be eligible for the pre-alpha, this is a huge achievement for ALL Zenitheans — as it marks the first time we have a fully playable loop of our game. So don’t fret, even if you aren’t a founder, we are pumping out new content and sharing new information about the game with you including weekly content reveals in March that show off groovy (ugh I’m old) pre-alpha content; an Ask Me Anything in our Discord one week from now on 3/11/2020; [and] some exciting new lore reveals, and fun new additions to our Discord.”