Legends of Aria announces ‘Aria 2.0’ successor with a new game engine

    
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It’s no secret that Citadel Studio’s Kickstarted Legends of Aria has wallowed in near-niche obscurity since its summer 2020 launch. Since then, the studio has cast about looking for ways to progress forward with different projects, including licensing its Shards engine out to another dev team to make CODEX and announcing a Viking survivalbox called The End.

But don’t count Citadel or Legends of Aria out just yet: The studio announced that it has big plans to “reimagine” the game, starting with an upgrade to a second version of the Shards engine. This will allow Legends of Aria to spawn “Aria 2.0,” a more immersive, over-the-shoulder MMORPG rather than the old isometric experience.

“Citadel Studios will be launching a new standalone title in the Aria universe which we’re internally calling Aria 2.0; combining the power of Shards Engine 2 with The Forge’s promise of delivering a new and truly community powered sandbox experience,” the studio said.

Citadel said that development on Aria 2.0 will be counted in “months as opposed to years,” with community playtests starting soon. It also confirmed that it will continue to support the original Legends of Aria even as it moves forward with this new version.

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Robert Mann

The original idea, having a chance to build connected areas with friends and adventure around, wasn’t bad. The PvP push, the failure to deal with issues around that, then the flip flops toward PvE when it had troubles afterward… that worked out about as well as it was always going to work out.

Having burnt both playerbases over trying to woo both, what now shall they do? Obviously refuse to admit their own mistakes and instead make it a different graphics type, with a similar style!

Yikes…

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Arktouros

Reputation isn’t simply game related, it’s developer related as well. Citadel Studios has flip flopped more times than a fish out of water and frankly I don’t trust anything they have to say or even the current state of their games because who knows when the next flip is coming and they switch to something else?

No faith at all in these guys to do anything right.

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Sargon

If nothing else, at least we got Shards of Britannia out of this project.

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Leo

Normally I’d think ‘well at least they are committed to their vision…’ but like, it sounds as if they never were committed to a vision at all and just used the money to make something that their backers didn’t want. So maybe they should just move on (and never kickstart again as they can’t keep promises). Or make their original promised product.

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Wakkander

They sold me on neverwinter nights persistent worlds successor, infinite shards, make your own server. They made a terrible wanna be UO successor. When they own up to that bait and switch call me so I can get a refund, otherwise I’ll happily ignore Aria’s existence as it drowns in obscurity.

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Rain Slowinski

They plan on re-releasing the same unfinished game that many of us have already funded and charging us upfront again, beautiful.

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kothoses

They flip flopped from PVE PVP to PVE back to PVP without Amazon money to back it up, the result was half baked systems that did not do what was promised.

The original pitch made it sound like a successor to the original Neverwinter nights, what we ended up with was another gank box. One of the smallest niches in online gaming that is already both over and under served (Plenty of games filling the niche, none of which other than maybe Eve, has managed to scrape beyond that niche).

Their first project failed because they did not have a vision, just a goal.

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Relmharver

Yay, when can I send more crowdfunding money?? Seriously though, these developers were shady as hell for the latter part of the development process. They pitched to PvP players, then switched to PvE to lure in PvE players, then switched back to PvP. And as far as their statement that they will continue to support the original LoA, what? That game has been abandonware for a year. I hope people learned and don’t give them another dime. Fool me once…

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Chris Neal

surejan dot gif

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P3lli

Implying we’r gonna buy something that comes from Citadel Studio after how they acted with LoA & when to this day they still believe actual players are the blame for their failed product.

Yeah sure….