Camelot Unchained completely retools its movement system

    
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Get out your scrollin’ finger, because it’s time to consume another Camelot Unchained monthly newsletter! This month, City State highlighted work that’s being done on the new Golden Plains biome, an “Arthurian idyll rife with rolling hills, wildflower fields, and rocky crags of white stone.” Along with this biome comes a “portal plaza” that will help players quickly transition between the different zones.

The dev team also announced that it’s ditching its old movement system — which swapped between travel and combat stances — in favor of a new system that features its own movement stat tree and a flexible stamina bar. Eating cooked food should also help to boost endurance, and by association, give players more options while traveling around.

“Having both combat and physical actions and movement disassociated from one another in their own stat-tree actually allows us a wide range of tools when it comes to designing out stats, craftable options and overall content,” the team said.

Early in March, Camelot Unchained’s CSE agreed to a pair of interviews with us; the second, which focuses on the state of the game and its refunds, hasn’t been returned to us yet here in May. We’ll post them for our readers as soon as we have them.

MMORPG veterans will know that Camelot Unchained, which was originally Kickstarted in 2013, has taken flak over the years thanks to delays, the founding of a second studio, the announcement of a second game using CU’s custom-built engine, and delayed refunds. The game entered its “beta one” phase back in 2018, with tests capable of putting 3000 humans and bots on the battlefield simultaneously; most recently, it’s been pegging forward development to 90-day plans.
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Mitchell

pretty sad that ashes of creation is beating them to release…. game was a dream in someone’s eye when mark jacobs was getting kickstarted back then. now ashes of creation is in alpha and still has more content than camelot unchained in beta… ashes of creation worked through the covid nonsense and still made progress. camelot unchained hid under the desk like little school girls and havnt provided anything since. i used to play daoc and it was a great game. sad to see what mj and his company has came to. i kickstarted it in the hope of daoc 2.0 but i dont see it being that or even coming to something equivalent to it. i wont bother trying to get a refund i just figure my money i invested into this game is lost. hopefully mj and his crew can figure it out quick cause nobody is gonna care about this genre of games by the time this is released. mj should just focus on that mobile gaming he switched to.

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Drakith

TBH, I think it’s really sad. I was a DAOC fan from 2001-2010. When i heard about the camelot unchained kickstarter I was ecstatic, this was in 2013. Fast forward to today, 2021. I have yet to see any gameplay footage past someone running through a forest. I wasn’t one of the original backers, but i can understand the frustration when millions were sinked into this game without any semblance of progress. I blame nostalgia goggles for my faith in mark jacobs. All anyone ever wanted was a Dark Age Of Camelot 2. But all we got was some random unreal engine demos and a mountains worth of promises that was unfulfilled. Shame on you mark jacobs, for trampling on my childhood hopes and dreams. You are like the ex-girlfriend nobody wanted.

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Mitchell

MJ is all about the money… and using covid as an excuse for progress. DAoC was the best game i ever played and its just sad what his company has came to. RIP MJ and Citystatesgames.

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Drakith

Lets not forget that Dark age of Camelot only took 18 months to go from a dream to reality. As of now camelot unchained is working towards 96 months.

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Mitchell

amazing such a great game like DAoC was made that quickly. another great game like star wars galaxies was made in 3 years. i just hope that CU isnt gonna turn into another chronicles of elyria. they didnt use covid as an excuse either. MJ has his covid shot so go back to work already instead of making updates on your porch.

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Michael Glover

Why does this game get any airtime anymore on this site? It’s such a joke.

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Drakith

I’m personally waiting for the day that Mark Jacobs announces that the company goes bankrupt without releasing the game. It’s going to happen, it’s just a matter of time. He will take whatever excess money he made during the kickstarter and funding and ride away into the sunset.

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dinarian_

When MJ inevitably announces he is retiring to spend more time with his family we will all know that behind the scenes the truth is he got pushed out by these investors for being incompetent at business/PR and tanking the companies good name so very thoroughly. Of course in my opinion when someone as dishonest and arrogant towards backers as MJ ‘retires’ from the industry the industry will be so much better off, because cheats, crooks, and empty meaningless words do nobody in this genre any favors. When MJ is shamed out of this profession we should celebrate our good fortune of getting rid of him from this industry with champagne.

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Drakith

MJ created city state entertainment. No investor is going to push him out of his own company. He will file bankruptcy on the company and live his best life with the money he embezzled and extorted.

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dinarian_

Early in March of this year, 2021, they promised refund answers to you all and you haven’t heard back? Well I hope you are sitting down because early in February of 2020 right after CSE announced the secret betrayal side game they promised backers refunds, and well …. I am on day 424 of waiting for that refund and I am still waiting. And there are so so SOOOO many just like me. MJ can probably only answer interview questions from a super secret computer that must stay in the office no matter what because we all know computers cannot move. Maybe check back with CSE next year in around 400 or so days, perhaps their support email person will give you an update that contains no actual information. You will have to settle for continuing to wait indefinitely just like all the folks who are waiting for refunds have had to do all this time.

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Golgothian

Do what you want with this, but at least I can confirm that I received my refund. And I had the 450 bundle I might add.
I requested a refund around the same time as you I assume, as that additional game was announce (1st of Feb?)
It took at least 6 months (can’t remember exactly and not bothered to look it up), but I got it.
Not that it helps you in any way or form, but I felt like to add my comment to give a more complete picture.
And you can even check my posting history here, I engaged Marc once in the comments about the delay and the questionable reasons he gave for it.
Hope it ends in a satisfactorily way for you.

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dinarian_

Sadly a handful of lucky people having won the refund lottery doesn’t help any of the many folks like me who are still stuck waiting. CSE won’t reply to emails, MJ has specifically instructed customer support to ignore emails asking for refund updates, they wont reply on the forums, they have just stopped communicating completely with people who are still waiting for the refunds that we were promised we would receive in up to 90 days. We are being ignored, we still have no answers and no estimates and no updates, and most especially there are pages and pages of us who still have not gotten our refunds. 6 months sounds like a terribly long time to wait for MJ to get off his butt and log into paypal, but I am more than double that wait time at this point. 425 days and still waiting.

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velimirius

Can as well merge will elyria lol

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Buddy Barlow

Look guys 8 years later and look at the stamina bar….

8…..years…..later and they’re showing us concept art for their stamina bar

Lol, hilarious and sad.

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Dakota Royal

This game absolutely wont release. I gave up on both its release and my refund years ago.

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Daniel Haskell

So excited to play this game in 2024!

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Buddy Barlow

Realistically that’s probably too early but good guess, im thinkin 2025 for a early access at best.

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Drunk3nShaman

Progress.
keep up the hard work!