Make My MMO: Elite’s Odyssey is a beautiful mess

    
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This week in crowdfunded MMOs, our own Stick and Rudder columnist Chris got his paws all over Elite Dangerous’ Odyssey alpha this week, finding the alpha label to be extremely accurate indeed, with plenty of rough edges, balance issues, and a weak test intro – but also one with enormous potential. “Odyssey is a new horizon for Elite Dangerous, and even though these first steps on the game’s new space legs were shaky, they already feel like they’re growing stronger,” he wrote. “I can’t wait to see what’s next.” Space truckin’!

Meanwhile, Project Gorgon got an animation overhaul, Pantheon dabbled in NFT, Ascent The Space Game returned from the brink of death, The Wagadu Chronicles previewed its art, Albion Online’s population continued to rise, and Ship of Heroes planned a spring test. And don’t miss our Elite-themed April Fools’ column!

This week we’ve undertaken a flagging system for all the games on our list so that you can quickly see what stage of development each crowdfunded game is in – let us know if it helps you! A few things we noticed: Antraxx, Spycursion, and Codename Reality are still in development; Descent Underground ran into legal troubles last year but is still coming; Dragon of Legends, Novus AEterno, Global Adventures, Project Oasis World, LUX, Mekria, Midair, Neo’s Land, The Flower of Knighthood, and Everfeud appear abandoned; Empyrion Online actually officially launched last year; PlayCraft hit early access; and Maguss sunsetted. If you spy any errors in our list, please let us know!

Read on for more on what’s been up with MMO crowdfunding over the last few weeks, plus our roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’re following!

Elite Dangerous

Recent MMO crowdfunding news

Camelot Unchained

Campaigns and crowdfunded MMOs we’re watching

Holy crap it launched Holy crap it launched
It's launched, kinda It semi-launched?
In the development dungeons In development
It's dead, Jim Dead or abandoned
Drama bomb

Zenith

Yes, some crowdfunded MMOs most definitely do succeed. But others crash and burn, and you need to hear about the whole spectrum of games that sought your money early in exchange for the promise of input and transparency. And that’s exactly what Make My MMO does every Saturday. Help us keep ’em accountable, would ya?
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Francis Baud

TitanReach got a Drama Bomb tag?

I love the flagging system!