Elder Tales is a developing MMORPG based on the anime Log Horizon

    
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We’d like to introduce you to another in-development MMORPG. It’s called Elder Tales, an MMORPG based on the anime Log Horizon, and by all accounts it has a fair number of features going for it that should perk up one’s ears in spite of the anime labeling on its tin.

Elder Tales takes place before the events of the Log Horizon series, at a time where players can “remember how the birth of adventurers began, and what led to the decline of the Alves.” The game features four races and 12 different classes broken down into four archetypes — warrior, healer, vagabonds (aka thieves), and mages.

Additional features in Elder Tales include a weapon crafting system that is based on producing resources and performing experiments, clan wars and land battles as well as caravan route planning (and, consequently, caravan attacking), the ability to buy houses, fortresses, farms, and mines as well as run your own shop, dynamic events, a player-run economy, and promise of a non-linear storyline with multiple endings in a world that lets players “explore […] without restrictions on the level and tasks.”

According to one of the game’s Facebook posts, Elder Tales is currently doing some form of alpha testing, though there doesn’t seem to be much confirmation on whether this is all being done with a proper license or team. For now, you can a recent peek of character creation below.

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Just some information for people who are curious about this thing:

1. The developers who are doing this have no official license to do this. They conveniently do not mention this fact on their site or their Discord or their VK or Telegram but this is the truth. Anyone can check this by contacting the original writer for the novel.

2. The developers do actively ask for money, this is right on their VK page, with account numbers.
https://vk.com/topic-57947216_29882137

They do not ask for money on English sites and they cannot use payment methods by companies not based in Russia because of, well, see the #1 ;-)

3. According to the developers they are not planning on ever releasing it through digital distribution platforms like Steam or Epic Store or anything like that. Most likely because of, well, again, see the #1 ;-)

Hopefully this will give enough information for you to understand why this project is not worth any attention and why you most likely will never be able to play this game in a finished form.

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imayb1

Thanks for the info. Without licensing, it’s doomed.

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Mewmew

So the video posted about “Chatacter Create” looks nice enough and all, but all information points towards this being a single person’s passion project on an IP he has no rights to be making a game about. Would I trust this person in Russia who doesn’t seem to care about the law much with my credit card information if a game did appear?

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Utakata

Whoah, look a that pigtail option on the last fram…

…oh , what’s this about lawsuits? o.O

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Danny Smith

Its going to be an interesting lawsuit when this gets kiboshed considering the reason the smash hit Log Horizon itself is gone is because the creator got in deep shit for tax evasion and shamed the brand into gaslighting itself.

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Bruno Brito

Jesus, what?!

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Stormwaltz

There’s a third season of the anime this fall (or at least there was before COVID), I guess the legal issues are resolved.

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-01-21/log-horizon-tv-anime-gets-3rd-season-in-october/.155647

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cursedseishi

Yeah, he paid the taxes he skipped on and resolved everything back in 2015. It’s probably been slow rolling to get things to start back up though, since a lot of series rely on momentum to propagate itself and get renewed. If a series gets more than a 3 year wait, that’s usually a death sentence for seasonal shows.

Hopefully 3rd season kicks off well, as I’m sure that likely took a good bit of shoving to get started and done.

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McGuffn

Enjoy your lawsuit.

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Relmharver

Also, when can we expect the parkour demo?

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Relmharver

Got a log on the horizon, back in 5 minutes!

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So this game has been in development since 2016, by few unknown Russian devs, and it still has this awful graphics style and awful voiceovers (and yes, I can understand everything in this video and I have read their VK)… Thanks but I’ll pass. I’d rather wait for the next anime season ;-)

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Meanie

okay

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cursedseishi

So… A team has come from out of the blue, with no trackable prior experience and literally no existence outside of… a couple of modding and indie game sites, with accounts that were started recently for both…. And they are making a game based off a copy-righted, trademarked work that is still ongoing, and is set to return later in this year…?

Sure.

And if this team of 1 + (however many folk are willing to work on this for free) isn’t torn down immediately for violating copyright to which they own literally no right to use?

With no funding, with no financial support (because most platforms would literally blacklist and ban this right off the bat), they’re going to support a player-ran economy on top of every other major buzz-word one could attach to ‘MMO’. Yep… sure…

This is either a scam, or implausible pipe dream. It’s based in Russia, so there might be some difficulty in hitting them for theft/infringement of copyright–especially when ‘Elder Tales’ is the name of the MMO in Log Horizon…

… But this is also an MMO based on an MMO in an anime/game–since Log Horizon also has games set in its universe(albeit mobile titles). By that very fact, it is doomed to utter failure much like the .Hack MMO that was attempted in its hey-day.

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bobfish

Yes, this appears to be a pasion project for one individual, if you look at the other videos on that Youtube account, they go back to Dec 2016, all Elder Tales (five in total), most showing little to nothing.

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Meanie

besides the copyright issue which we dont know anything about, do you just shit on and think anything without massive funding is a “scam”?

I don’t even see anything that could imply a scam happening, the article doesn’t mention anything about funding requests or founders packs or anything and a quick brief skim through the facebook didn’t either.

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cursedseishi

Oh, hey! Lazy twat who couldn’t read further than ‘scam’ with literally nothing to offer acting like they’ve engaged with and know me, good to see you again for the first time.

Here, let me quote the relevant bit you couldn’t read and bold it for you too while I am at it.

This is either a scam, or implausible pipe dream.

Implausible. Pipe. Dream. I’m not ‘shitting’ on the game and saying anything without massive funding is a scam, so get out of here and don’t waste my time with your lazy rhetoric. I’m saying that, when you see a group pop up with literally nothing on their background to suggest prior experience in the industry or even know-how and an obvious lack of funding… maaaaybe. Just maybe be cautious about it. Especially when it promises the moon. Or when the name tied to the project is just an anime character and avatar.

And, by the by? Yeah we do know there is going to be an issue with copyright infringement. Just like I know they’ll likely be hiding behind Russia’s appalling and abhorrent laws regarding Copyright too most likely. When someone says “Hey, I need coders and stuff but this is all work for free but won’t it be cool to do?”? Chances are, they can’t afford the license if they can’t afford to pay people.

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feleran

Looking forward to hearing more from this.