Chronicles of Elyria previews its Kingdoms of Elyria alpha

    
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Progress apparently continues on Chronicles of Elyria spin-off game Kingdoms of Elyria, as outlined in Soulbound Studios’ latest dev blog. The studio has recapped everything accomplished – and not accompanished – as of the second milestone. Notably, Soulbound says it succeeded in plans to introduce ambient and UI sound-effects, add Chronicles of Elyria music temporarily, implement new NPC types and animals, and improve the biodiversity. A lot of these bits have been imported from Chronicles of Elyria.

But it wasn’t all so rosy. “We ran into a few technical hurdles on the dynamic AI system which occupied quite a bit of our time,” Soulbound says. “As a result, we ran out of time before being able to make significant progress on porting the contract system from CoE and implementing the new contract UI. At the moment, the contract system is missing from KoE.” The fog of war feature has also been “deprioritized.”

The studio also says it hopes to sort out alpha invite issues this week, so if you’re an Elyria backer and you’re still willing to test, keep an eye out for that, as well as for the next video.

“I’ll be launching the game and then going feature-by-feature demonstrating what’s working and what isn’t. This is partly to make sure those not participating in the Alpha Test are still able to follow along with our progress, and partly to set expectations for the Alpha Testers. We’re only about 25% of the way done with KoE so we don’t want people going in expecting a complete game.”

Chronicles of Elyria stunned MMO gamers in 2020 by announcing it was out of money, had laid off the devs, had closed Soulbound Studio, and had ended development on the game. Though CEO Jeromy Walsh later retracted much of that and said the game was still in production with volunteer staff, the gamers who’d backed it for $14M+ in crowdfunds pressed on with legal action. In 2021, Walsh has been releasing new videos on the production he says is happening, though the focus has been more on spinoff game Kingdoms of Elyria.
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angrakhan

This is partly to make sure those not participating in the Alpha Test are still able to follow along with our progress, and partly to set expectations for the Alpha Testers.

And partly in an attempt to avoid litigation over scamming so much money out of people.

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Leo

well with those screen shots, how can we not be excited?

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Jim Bergevin Jr

Sounds like they’re making as much progress as CIG with Star Citizen and S42 right now.

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Bruno Brito

Oh, it’s time for the “How to avoid getting slammed by litigation by showing the minimal ammount of work” of the week?

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I am totally hanging on for Cliffnotes of Elyria.

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P Jones

How do you keep a straight face when posting these updates?

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notReginald VelJohnson

Several years and millions of dollars later, and it’s an accomplishment that a game (not the game they promised) has sound. Interesting.