Chronicles of Elyria says it’s focusing on settlement development in the short term

    
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Back in December, Chronicles of Elyria‘s Jeromy Walsh put out a new video for the game that left a lot of our readers puzzled. That’s because earlier in the year, developer Soulbound Studios abruptly announced it had run out of funds, laid off the entire staff, shuttered the studio, and ended development on the game. And though Walsh later backtracked and clarified the game was still in production with volunteer staff, the angry folks who’d backed it for $1.4M in Kickstarter funds and beyond pressed onward with legal action.

The December video and accompanying interview blitz were meant to reconfirm the ongoing production and scope of the current game, as well as to promise improved communication, which includes more videos. The second such video is out this morning, and notably, this video discusses the three phases of the game’s development prior to last year, from the physics to the alpha one systems to the alpha two territory management mechanics. The last chunk was the most popular with testers by far, which will influence future development timelines.

“We’ve shuffled our priorities to focus on the things that make the best use of our resources and provide us with the best path toward completing Chronicles of Elyria,” Walsh says. That’s going to mean swapping alpha one and two back around and putting more immediate emphasis on the more popular land and settlement ownership systems, which is what the team’s been working on in recent months, along with Elyria Chat, currency, trade, building types, government, criminal justice, diplomacy, and more. The adventuring mechanics aren’t going away, just on the backburner for now. More dev blogs and a roadmap are still on the way, but in the meantime, the video is below.

Further reading on the whole Elyria saga:

Source: Press release
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HolyAvengerOne

At least those 8 million dollars in backing keep on giving the lulz, even a year after the studio has “shuttered and laid off all employees”. 🤣🦄🦄

Go go Jeromy, you’re the farce and we all love seeing you spinning your lil wheels in your own poo 💩.

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2Ton Gamer

lol, why is this being reported on? This is never gonna release in any shape or form of what the KS promoted.

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Andrew Ross

To help hold them accountable should they try to delete everything again.

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Lethality

😂

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G I G A B E A R

Why is Intrepid Studios getting a pass from MoP then?

Not reporting on the lawsuit against them for fraud brought by their outsourcing firm Streamline Media despite being tipped about it, whilst I read many articles about OTHER studios being sued with far less complimentary takes, including this one?

Someone writing the below article and not mentioning that Intrepid already sold alpha 1 as a “last chance?” Which some, including myself, view to be quite unethical?

Ashes of Creation may sell more Alpha 1 keys after successful playtest

Writing a headline reporting a successful playtest when nobody in it can tell you if it actually was because it’s under NDA? Taking their word for it despite their history of dissembling?

Ashes of Creation may sell more Alpha 1 keys after successful playtest

And of course, the inevitable deletion of this comment.

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HolyAvengerOne

Intrepid’s Steven Sharif and his second in command have a proven track record of being head of and developing pyramid scheme. That’s how they made their money years ago. And that’s what their business model for AoC looks like.

I sincerely pity the artists, devs and backers that got ducked into that train wreck in making. Once Steven’s done milking the cow, it’s gonna be game over.

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AshestoAshe5

Takes two seconds to google Xango and know the score.

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Lethality

Quick fact… most of the games you play are nothing even close to the scope that was envisioned by the time you play them. You just don’t get to see that part happen with your own eyes.

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Bruno Brito

The desperation of someone trying to recoup losses while avoiding litigation.

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C33V0

Any one else bothered by the fact he kept saying I did this and I am doing that. Instead of say we (we being the volunteer team). This will never come out as many of us are saddened as what it could have been and instead was failed attempt of a Star Citizen project, perpetual development and little to show for….other than crowd funding events.

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Pepperzine

Readers were not puzzled. We all know this is an attempt to discredit the class action lawsuit they’re facing.

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JoeCreoterra

Along with the covid funds they most likely applied for and received

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Leo

those systems like the government, diplomacy, criminal justice stuff I would imagine to be rather complex to set up for an MMO, and it’s all being done by volunteers?

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Connor

Nothing says “we are open to criticism” quite like shutting down YouTube comments and funneling people into privately sending you messages via email.

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Eliandal

While that concern is understandable, it’s also glaringly obvious that Youtube ‘comments’ have just become an unmitigated cesspool – much like just about any public ‘forum’ these days

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Sarnaut Explorer

However, relegating to private emails can lead to masking conversations as well as blatantly ignoring messages without the benefit of the interested following being privy to the particular complaint. In my mind it’s kinda a catch 22 in this case.

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HolyAvengerOne

There are tons of perfectly nice forums online where good communication do occur daily, but you know what they have in common? Contrary to CoE, they’re not headed by incompetent egomaniacs peddling their shit project. That stuff tends to attract people’s ire and rightfully so.