Welcome to another blast of MMO crowdfunding news from the last few weeks!
has fully backtracked on its plans to launch the Pantheon 247 extraction mode as a standalone game, vowing to return to full development on the MMORPG players backed. “The Pantheon community made it clear that the 247 test mode is not the reason they support us, and we need to listen to that,” Visionary Realms wrote. “We understand that for many of you, we have damaged your trust. That’s on us.”
Meanwhile, we got some rough news from
, as illness threatened financial woes for the two-person dev team and maintenance mode for the game, though fortunately, players came through with donations and purchases to keep the studio supported in the near future. Project Gorgon
Brighter days are also ahead for
, which finally rolled back into early access after a year of remission, and Fractured Online , which is heading to its own early access on December 4th. The Wagadu Chronicles
And finally, we added a new entry to our big list:
. It’s a new MMO seeking $61K on Kickstarter, promising a VR angle for the MMO genre. Wizard’s Wrath
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!
VIDEO Recent MMO crowdfunding news
‘We’re out of money’: Project Gorgon moves to part-time development to keep its server lights on
Kickstarted MMORPG Pantheon cancels 247 extraction mode: ‘We have damaged your trust’
Pantheon Rise of the Fallen claims ‘solid forward momentum’ thanks to art change and 247 extraction mode
Star Citizen outlines tentative timing and dates for its monetized Pyro preview channel testing
Project Gorgon, buffered by player donations, has been spared from maintenance mode – for now
The Wagadu Chronicles confirms a Steam early access launch date of December 4
PSA: Embers Adrift is adding temporary subscription perks to all current owners of the game
Ashes of Creation takes players on an Alpha Two caravan ride in latest preview video
Embers Adrift releases new hair, alchemy, and a roadmap for the rest of 2023
Kickstarted MMORPG sandbox Fractured Online relaunches early access on Steam today
Pantheon Rise of the Fallen talks about the return of 24-hour MMO testing and a shift of dev mindset
Legends of Aria’s crypto-spinoff nearly loses IP rights, promises pre-alpha this year
Wizard’s Wrath is a developing cross-platform VR spellcasting MMORPG on Kickstarter now
Fractured Online opens character creation ahead of next week’s early access relaunch
Fractured Online’s return to early access sees bug fixing, a small server rollback, and mixed player reaction
Star Citizen’s Intergalactic Aerospace Expo free-to-play event returns November 17
Ship of Heroes revamps targeting brackets and tab-targeting ahead of next test
Kickstarted VR MMO Ilysia releases an early access trailer as bug-hunting continues
Ghostly death returns to Book of Travels in its biggest update since its early access release two years ago
The Stream Team: Making a return visit to Project Gorgon
Star Citizen introduces the Gatac Syulen, Crusader Spirit C1, and Tumbril Storm as IAE free-fly event begins
Loftia checks in with progress on crafting, gathering, infrastructure, and dev tools
Fractured Online deploys medium-sized patch with ‘urgent balance changes’ Ashes of Creation
VIDEO Campaigns and crowdfunded MMOs we’re watching
Holy crap it launched
Dead or abandoned
unsuccessful, dev halted in 2018.
(Artix) – Raised
; beta since 2016.
(Sandbox) – Launched July 2017, hit Steam May 2018.
Ascent: The Space Game
) – Successful KS. Launched 2016.
Ashes of Creation
(Intrepid Studios) – Successful KS. Alpha one.
(Tarhead Studio) –
. Originally called RUiN. In
Book of Travels
(Might and Delight) –
. Early access.
. In free early access.
) – Kickstarter; open donations/packages.
First KS canceled, second ended unsuccessfully
) – Kickstarter successful,
Chronicles of Elyria
City of Heroes Homecoming
(Homecoming) – Monthly
City of Titans
Missing Worlds Media
) – Successful KS.
successful, but no license.
Day of Dragons
(Beawesome) – Kickstarter successful.
) – Successful KS.
successful June 2019; downgraded.
Divergence Online ( Stained Glass Llama )
– Abandoned in early access.
Dogma: Eternal Night
Prelude Games Factory
. Probably dead.
Dragon of Legends
) – Successful
(Dreamworld Realities) – Successful
. Launched 2022.
Strange Loop Games
) – Funded, now in beta.
(Huckleberry Games) –
) – Funded and fully launched.
Saga of Lucimia
; launched on Steam.
(Fire Hurts) –
Ethyrial Echoes of Yore
3 Turn Productions
) – Successful Kickstarter. Sunsetted 2020.
successful. EA again as of 2023.
(Paddle Creek) –
(Freeland VR AB) –
successful. In founder alpha.
(Rose Tinted Games) –
successful. Launched 2022.
Black Eye Games
; early access.
) – Abandoned, now allegedly in refund process.
(Crate Entertainment) – Funded and launched.
Guardians of Ember
(Runewaker) – Funded and launched.
Guns of Icarus
) – Funded and launched.
. Canceled w/ refunds.
successful. Beta July 2022.
Infinity: Battlescape ( I-Novae Studios )
; in early access.
(Team 21) –
Kickstarter fully funded
Oct 2020. Closed beta.
) – Funded, launched; sunsetted
Legends of Aria/BRITARIA
. Launched 2020.
Life is Feudal
Closed and maintenance-moded
. Fully funded.
. Seemingly abandoned.
Maestros of the Anthymn
successful; launched then sunsetted in 2020.
(Infinity Online Studios) –
. Seemingly abandoned.
(Archetype Studios) –
. On Steam but abandoned.
; launched in
funded. Seemingly abandoned.
Occupy White Walls
unsuccessful. Launched 2022.
(Odd Giants) –
(Ad Alternum) –
March 2017. Launched 2019.
(Hydrant Games) –
Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen
(Brain Stone GmbH): First KS canceled,
) – Sunsetted 2021.
Path of Titans
. In early access.
, early access
launched sans multiplayer
(Bebop Games) – Kickstarter funded May 2019; in
Second one too
) – Three KS +
. Early access.
Project Oasis World
) – Launched as
Kickstarter canceled by Kickstarter
(Klang Games) – Kickstarter imminent?
) – Ongoing
. Early access.
Ship of Heroes
canceled, launch expected in 2022. Beta.
Shroud of the Avatar
) – Launch 2016 & 2018.
(Cloud Imperium) – Beta delayed.
) – Ongoing funding. Backer alpha.
(Ben Olding) –
Swords ‘n Magic and Stuff
funded. Early access.
fully funded and launched.
(Fairytale Distillery) – fka Das Tal;
unsuccessful. Early access but dev halted.
The Flower of Knighthood
The Realm: Reawakened
(Stephen Nichols) –
(Idea Fabrik) – Kickstarted twice by A&B.
Abandoned in alpha
The Stomping Land
) – Abandoned.
The Wagadu Chronicles
. Early acces Dec 2023.
(Square Root) –
. Defunct/scam. Aka World of Titans.
Trials of Ascension
(Dragonfire) – Latest
as a singleplayer demo.
Abandoned without a word
unsuccessful. Website dead/abandoned.
War of Rights
(Campfire Games) – Successful Kickstarter; in early access.
(Ape Egg) – Kickstarter unsuccessful. Classic launched.
December 14. Zenith
(Ramen) – Kickstarter successful; VR version launched, PC delayed.
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
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does several times a month. Help us keep ’em accountable, would ya?