Camelot Unchained heralds the start of its next beta and hints at ‘good news’ in 2024


A short holiday address from Camelot Unchained pretty much continues the trend of vaguely promising forward momentum on the PvP MMORPG, which hints at the laying of a “strong foundation” as development moves into 2024 – and the title’s 11th year of development.

The month of January promises to bring a new build to playtest, which will be open to Beta 1 backers of the game. Information on its new features are a bit slim, with City State Entertainment mostly lauding the introduction of an all-new UI – a drum that the studio has beaten on since June – but the address promises more details in the next newsletter.

Promises continue to spill forth from CSE boss Mark Jacobs, who closes the letter with hints at some more details to come from an “interesting end of year” for him and the studio. “I look forward to sharing all of it, especially the good news, with you early next year,” he writes.

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, delayed refunds, and lack of accountability. The game entered its “beta one” phase back in 2018, with tests capable of putting 3000 humans and bots on the battlefield simultaneously. Though CSE said in 2021 it was still paying refunds and working on both games, some players still say their 2020 refunds haven’t processed, and Final Stand Ragnarok is unpopulated. As of 2023, CSE raised an additional $15M from investors and claims to be “hiring like crazy” but is still evading press inquiries.
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