Palia’s latest investment round nets $30M as pre-alpha invites – all 200 of them – begin

    
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Palia’s reveal last month had the MMO and MMO-adjacent communities abuzz with delight over the cutesy simulation MMO, including ours. In our article on the upcoming game, we noted that Singularity 6 was well-funded, with $19M total in seed funding and Series A funding from investors, which helped assuage the typical “new MMO” concerns about crowdfunding or money-grubbing.

Well, stack another $30M on top of that initial haul: Singularity 6 announced today that it’s raised a ton more money to develop Palia.

“Singularity 6, the Los Angeles-based developer dedicated to the idea of delivering more meaningful online game experiences, has raised $30 million in a Series B financing round led by FunPlus Ventures. The funding also included previous investors Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) and LVP, as well as Transcend, Anthos Capital and game industry veteran Mitch Lasky. The investment will fuel the development and launch of the recently revealed massively multiplayer community sim game, Palia, and help Singularity 6 deliver a beautiful and fun online game experience designed to create community, friendships and a real sense of belonging.”

In other Palia news, S6 sent out a round of pre-alpha invites yesterday. Unfortunately, if you merely signed up for pre-alpha on the website in June as the studio originally urged everyone to do, that wasn’t enough; there was a second signup announced only in Discord earlier this week too, and now it looks as if it only a tiny number (200) of those Discord applicants were picked (at least partially based on “constructive contribution” in Discord) and notified through Discord to join the test, conveniently just in time for this investment announcement.

The devs say they were deluged by more sign-ups than they originally expected and needed a way to whittle it down for the earliest phases, though it’s not clear why they didn’t just choose 200 people from the “hundreds of thousands” of people who signed up last month. Either way, as you can see, the messages from the studio have been weirdly contradictory. We assume that the original sign-ups will be honored at some point as the pre-alpha expands, but it’s been a bit of a mess so far.

Source: Press release. The piece was edited after publication to add clarity to the chain of events regarding the pre-alpha invites.
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MilitiaMasterV

Well, they just downgraded my interest with ‘Discord’ only shenanigans. Didn’t really have much to begin with as I’d only just heard about it, but now it’s heading towards negative territory for me. -shrugs-

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_a4

According to their official #Announcements channel in Discord, a factor that affected who gets chosen and who doesn’t was how active an user was on their Discord. I saw a lot of people discussing absolutely pointless, meaningless bullshit, stuff like “Like, OMG, that illustration is so cute!!!” or posting/reacting to memes and these people were chosen to test the game.

I, in particular had nothing to discuss as I did not find anything worth discussing, felt like a community full of overexcited weirdos.

They announced that there will be a second survey where you had to write a lengthy answer about what would your ideal MMO would be like or how would you change your favorite MMO to make it even better, I wrote some example about how Vanilla WoW could benefit from more PvE/Sandbox elements like spending your entire play time of months or years just messing with crafting, interacting with NPCs, fixing fences, chasing chickens and never leave a single zone and still achieve massive progress on your character.

And it goes on, but I won’t go into detail here, there is no point.

I thought that was good enough to be chosen for the test, but obviously, I did not post/react to enough stupid memes and didn’t discuss enough useless bullshit to be active enough in their Discord to get chosen.

Either way, I will wait my turn, there is a huge chance I might not like what I see so I might not be a good tester for them. Recently I got into a Closed Alpha with NDA in a game, which I’ve been following since 2019 and wished to get to play it so much and when I did finally play it, it wasn’t as fun as I imagined it to be and after providing some feedback for over a week, I uninstalled it and went back to playing my main game.

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David Goodman

If I had known they were only going to do invites via discord, I wouldn’t have bothered filling out the form.

Meh. Best of luck to them either way.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

“There is no email” is a cry for help guys.

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treehuggerhannah

I’m kind of confused about how all this is working. I filled out their form, but they never asked for my Discord info, so I’m not sure how they’re associating it.

I’ve since joined their Discord but at the time, I didn’t know that was the big thing.

This seems a bit muddled.

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Bhagpuss Bhagpuss

I completed both survey applications and I don’t recall any mention whatsoever of Discord. Both surveys required an email address, though. Not really sure what they’re up to there.

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squid

I fucking hate Discord.

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_a4

Why? What’s wrong with it? I’ve been using it since around 2015-2016 and I neither like it or dislike it, it’s alright.

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squid

Several reasons. The primary reason is that it’s a terrible repository of information, due to its chat room nature. Ordinarily this wouldn’t be a big deal—I mean, it’s a chat room, it’s not supposed to be a repository of information—except that games started ditching official forums in favor of discord channels. Whereas on forums you’d have a great, searchable database of game-related topics with crowdsourced answers and gameplay discussions stretching back years, with Discord all you can really do is search by keyword going back…I don’t even know how far…or scroll for hours skimming text to find what you’re looking for.

Additionally, you never know what you missed—especially with dev/CM communications. It’s a chat room; if you’re not actively watching/reading when important things are said, odds are you’ll never see them. That makes it a terrible tool for dev-to-player communications and means that the only interaction devs see is with or between players who lurk in discord all the time. In all the channels I’ve been in, conversation is dominated by only a handful of people, which can distort the state of the community in the eyes of the devs.

And finally, it’s just fucking obnoxious. The emojis, the reactions, the memes, the gifs, the spam, the people who add colors of crazy fonts to their usernames, that new bot that will change your custom ‘currently playing’ status every couple seconds which basically turns it into an animated banner ad, usually for shitty twitch streams.

It’s just messy and unfocused, overall.

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Fisty

Guess they didn’t like my answer :(

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Truvidien

I wish the invites went out via email and not through Discord.

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Logan Kellum

Yep I’m not sure why they couldn’t use the standard email method that every other game ever uses

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jealouspirate

I really like the premise of this game, but I’m waiting to see more before getting excited. The devs couldn’t really articulate what the core gameplay loop was, which makes me hesitant.

I also think people who are excited about these “post-Blizzard” studios should temper their expectations regarding monetization. Venture capital firms don’t drop tens of millions into projects for the love of games.

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Sarah Cushaway

Yay the chore simulator MMO where you can do mindless tasks like water plants and sweep floors.

Y’know.

Same stuff you do IRL.

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Harbinger_Kyleran

Well in real life I slay Dragons so watering plants will be a welcome change.

;)

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Harry Koala

Could be worse: your real life job could be killing groups of ten rats.

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squid

The difference is that watering my plants in the game makes them grow; watering them in real life just seems to kill them.

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David Goodman

I can guarantee that 95% of what will be available in Palia will not be things I do IRL.