Legends of Aria leaves early access, pushes out Frozen Tundra update

    
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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.

Source: Legends of Aria, Reddit. Thanks Pepperzine!

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Leo
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Leo

I guess that technically is a box… but the people that got those rewards are probably also some of the more hardcore supporters so probably not a good idea to make them feel cheated

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squid

They were hardcore supporters of Shards Online. Very few, from what I’ve seen, are fans of Legends of Aria.

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Leo

Okay had to google what Shards Online was. After doing that digging, not sure I want to keep digging down deeper. I guess I hope someone out there enjoys LoA?

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shibby523

Kickstarter backer here and I sure don’t enjoy it. I preferred the original Shards Online, it was much more fun than the shell they gave us.

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squid

The map is nice, but I can understand the OP’s disappointment in the overall package (they didn’t mention the coin in the reddit post). While they certainly shouldn’t be getting $100 worth of stuff for a $100 contribution, it should at least feel like they’re getting something of value. This feels rushed.

I’m not playing LoA much these days, as I’m busy with EQ1, but the game has gotten steadily better and more feature-rich. It’s also move much further away from a sandbox and is in sold sandpark territory at the moment. I still don’t like how vacant the world map is, and all the interface bugs drive me nuts, but they’re making decent progress. Now they just have to convince people to give the game another shot—not an easy task with the MMO crowd these days.

Legends of Ultima is also coming along well, with the new map/game expected within the next few months (though the Britannia map won’t be complete—islands other than Buc’s Den will come later, presumably with sailing). That server is one I’m legit looking forward to. For a bunch of volunteer devs, they’re really taking it seriously.

Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

And the ability for everyone to host their own servers…?

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Relmharver

Duped again!

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zoward

Yep. That and the linux client were the reasons I bought in. Both seemed to disappear around the time they renamed it “Legends of Aria”, and I lost all interest, both in the game and in ever buying into a MMO kickstarter ever again.

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MadMike0082

Really? The Linux client? smh… Whats it feel like to be as cool as you think you are?

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kjempff

Feels like this:

First you have to install the gl support package with a package manager command. You look up how to, and find 3 different ways to do this. You try each one, it is impossible to tell if any of them worked or failed because they all output 3 pages of useless spam.
Game doesn’t launch.
After spending hours digging through forum suggestions, you find out you actually needed ver. 3.2 instead of 3.3 for this particular game. This time you are in luck, the command from one of the post actually works for a change.
Also they recommend you install x-pr_2be_unlimited for controller support.. good thing otherwise your controller wouldn’t have worked.
Finally the game starts, have quirky bugs, runs poorly and crashes often…

But hey you got that cool command prompt where you can do anything if you know how, and a window manager ui that is so simple that Windows 3.11 calls you from 1993 to ask if you want to upgrade.