The year was 2019. People were completely taking for granted conventions, movie theaters, and getting deeply uncomfortable in crowded elevators. It was back in August of that storied year that Legends of Aria arrived on Steam early access after months of delays.
Now, the year is 2020, and the earth has fallen into a black hole of weirdness. Also, Legends of Aria decided that this would be the perfect time to officially leave early access and launch for realsies. In addition to taking this step forward, the sandbox MMO is pushing out its Frozen Tundra update. This contains new adventuring area, mix-and-match character traits, prestige abilities for Bards and Tamers, an arena system, and a revamp of classic content.
Not every Aria fan is overjoyed at this long-awaited culmination of a Kickstarter journey. Specifically, some backers are pretty cheesed off at the cheap-looking “collector’s box” that was finally shipped as a Kickstarter reward. As one observer noted, “This looks like a Walmart bargain bin game and was clearly designed to fulfill the bare minimum of their obligation at the absolute lowest cost possible.”
Update: After publication, Citadel’s Derek Brinkmann reached out to us with full photographs of the whole Kickstarter backer kit, including the full map and both sides of the coin, so readers can make up their own mind about the quality.
The trailer for the launch update is below.