VR MMORPG Ilysia ends its Kickstarter drive successfully with over $150K in funding and 13 stretch goals met

    
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Clearly, many people are looking for more MMORPG titles in virtual reality. Or at least enough people that want to see Ilysia close out its Kickstarter funding campaign strong; the drive has recently wrapped up, raking in $159,312 as of Sunday morning, which is over double its original $60K goal.

Of course, the original goal being exceeded means that there’s stretch goals achieved as well, and Ilysia has plenty — 13 to be exact. These include additional starting races and zones, multi-rider mounts, a pet breeding system that will include advanced pet leveling and skills, a battle royale location, mount inventories and mount breeding features, full-body tracking, airship and naval combat, and an honor and rewards system for PvP. There are also some goodies for backers that were achieved as well, like a unique pet, mounts, and weapons set.

As of this writing, the most recent movement on development of the game is focused on preparing for alpha as the devs crank the nuts and bolts of several backend systems. Timing for testing phases are yet to be announced, but at least we know that the project has its money.

source: Kickstarter
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NecroFox4

I didn’t pledge. I’m putting that out there first and foremost. I’ve learned my lesson.

However… It IS worth noting that courting investors can be easier when you can show a successful KS campaign in the books, where you surpassed your initial funding goal, and met several stretch goals.

Lets hope that is their goal here. Because there’s no way in hell they’re going to build the game they’ve promised for what they raised on KS alone.

I sincerely hope they build what they’ve promised. I would really love to see and experience such a world. I just…. have my doubts.

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Relmharver

So best case, they’re taking people’s money, knowing it’s nowhere near enough to complete the game, in the hopes that they may be able to tempt an investor? Screw that. Let these developers put their own money together, even if that means selling off property or taking out personal loans or a second mortgage or saving. It’s their big idea and they’re the ones who stand to benefit monetarily from the game, so the funding should be 100% on them. That’s the stance I’m taking after seeing one crowdfunded MMO developer after another screw their backers, intentionally or not.

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NecroFox4

That’s a bit… Scratch that, a LOT unrealistic.

Businesses court investors to develop and sell ideas in every market, all the time, every day. Just like folks use KS to bilk money from suckers every day across many markets. Gaming is no different.

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angrakhan

Yeah $150k will pay the salary of one mid level developer and one entry level QA person for a year. Good luck.

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HolyAvengerOne

Ahhh people, damnit

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Strykerx88

I will forever not understand how people continue to push their money towards projects like this. Making an MMO is expensive af, 150k is not going to cover what they’re doing here and certainly not with a bunch of stretch goals.

Look at this stuff… airship and naval combat? Really? I hope these backers aren’t surprised when their money vanishes with nothing to show for it. There have been enough KS disasters that people should know better by now.

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Ironwu

P.T. Barnum was right then, and is still right!

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Relmharver

And there’s a $5K pledge tier. What a scam.

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Relmharver

Once again, people just throw their money away. This was understandable 6-7 years ago. By now, everyone should have learned.