This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Camelot Unchained released its latest newsletter (at just under 8000 words, if you were curious – it’s tradition now to always count). The team recaps the addition of four new programmers, plans for its satellite studio in Seattle, and progress on the ability system refactoring and reward tier gifting system. There’s a farewell from former community manager, Jenesee Grey, as well as a look at at combat system, art team, engine threading, and lore. CSE also promises to begin full state-of-the-game letters from Mark Jacobs beginning in July.
Meanwhile, Valiance Online teased its new UI Das Tal pulled down its test server in prep for the pre-test ahead of its summer alpha, Fragmented added a The Repopulation mob and tweaked structure placement, Crowfall announced its EU publisher, Star Citizen demoed a bit more of its female avatar, and Shroud of the Avatar pushed out its 31st major release and broke $9,000,000 in crowdfunding raised.
Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding this week and the roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’ve got our eye on!
Recent MMO crowdfunding news
Star Citizen’s 100th Around the Verse highlights the female avatar – The 100th episode of Star Citizen’s Around the Verse landed last night, kicked off by some incredible in-game dogfighting footage from a fan. The highlight — for me, anyway –…
The newest ECO patch adds food, buildings, and power – ECO’s alpha 4 update is now live, and boy is it a major patch for the upcoming sandbox. Several major systems have been added to the game in it, including…
Shroud of the Avatar releases final pre-wipe patch – It’s almost the end of an era for Shroud of the Avatar, as the game is facing down its final wipe prior to next month’s switch to a persistent world.…
Albion Online prepares for its final beta test phase – The end of the world is just the beginning, at least according to several movie poster taglines that we’ve read. And as the sun sets on Albion Online’s current beta, it prepares…
Crowfall’s resource harvesting design plus a timeline of Monday’s stream – Crowfall’s art team has a new video out this week discussing the design of harvesting. The video covers the distinctive design of nodes (which are very much competitive nodes in…
Out of Reach is the robust survival sandbox you’ve been overlooking – Has the market reached the point of survival sandbox saturation yet? Several games are hoping that there’s still raging demand out there, including Out of Reach. If you haven’t heard…
Chronicles of Elyria has three prologue experiences in the works, including a MUD – While the full MMORPG portion of Chronicles of Elyria may be a year and a half off (or more), the team is working hard at bringing not one, not two,…
Crowfall partners with Travian for European publishing – Crowfall has just kicked off an all-day streamvaganza on Twitch. ArtCraft is promising multiple reveals throughout the day, including the one just mentioned: ArtCraft is partnering with Travian Games to…
SOTA’s Brittany Estates (scheduled for R32)
Campaigns and crowdfunded MMOs we’re watching
3001SQ (Société des Mondes Virtuels) – Kickstarter ends August 18.
AdventureQuest 3D (Artix Entertainment) – Raised 368k; plans October launch.
Ascent: The Space Game (Fluffy Kitten Studios) – Fully launched!
Camelot Unchained (City State) – Open donations/packages.
Caribbean Conquest (Invenio) – Kickstarter canceled (site has been taken offline).
Contested Space (Zon)
Crowfall (ArtCraft) – Open donations/packages
Chronicles of Elyria (Soulbound) – Kickstarter successful.
Citadel of Sorcery (MMO Magic, Inc.) – Open donations.
City of Titans (Missing Worlds Media)
Descent Underground (Descendent Studios)
Divergence Online (Stained Glass Llama) – Three campaigns; now in KS early access.
Dogma: Eternal Night (Prelude Games Factory): Kickstarter over, donor preorder packs.
Dragon of Legends (Thrive Games) – Successful Kickstarter.
Eco (Strange Loop Games)
Edengrad (Huckleberry Games) – Kickstarter funded June 2016; early access coming Sept.
Elite: Dangerous (Frontier Developments) – Funded and launched.
Epic Space (EpicSpace.net)
Ever, Jane (3 Turn Productions)
Gloria Victis (Black Eye Games) – Open donations, no end date.
Greed Monger (Greed Monger) – Abandoned, multiple times now.
Grim Dawn (Crate Entertainment) – Funded and launched.
Guns of Icarus (Muse) – Funded and launched.
Hero’s Song (Pixelmage Games): Kickstarter canceled; game launches in October.
Infinity: Battlescape (I-Novae Studios)
HEX (HEX Entertainment)
Life is Feudal (Bitbox): Indiegogo ended.
LUX (Chimera) – Kickstarter canceled.
Midair (Archetype Studios) – Kickstarter successful.
Neo’s Land (NeoJac Entertainment) – Open donations, no end date.
Novus AEterno (Taitale Studios)
Overpower (Hydrant Games) – Kickstarter unfunded; heading to early access.
Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen (Visionary Realms) – Open donations, no end date.
Pathfinder Online (GoblinWorks)
Planet Nomads (Craneballs) – Successful Kickstarter.
Pixel Starships (SavySoda)
Project Gorgon (Elder Game, LLC)
Pumpkin Online (Monique)
The Realm: Reawakened (Stephen Nichols) – Ongoing GoFundMe.
The Repopulation (Above & Beyond Technologies) – In middle of engine do-over.
ROKH (Darewise) – Kickstarter canceled; early access planned for Sept. 2016.
The Stomping Land (Alex Fundora) – Abandoned.
Sacrament (Ferocity Unbound) – Kickstarter failed; Patreon ongoing.
Shadow’s Kiss (Clockwork Throne) – Ongoing Patreon.
Shards Online (Citadel Studios)
Shroud of the Avatar (Portalarium)
Star Citizen (Cloud Imperium) – Ongoing donations/packages.
TUG (Nerd Kingdom) – In middle of year-long revamp after funding surge.
Vigor Roads (NeuronHaze) – Kickstarter unsuccessful; early access planned for 2017.
Star Citizen’s 100th Around the Verse episode
Valiance Online teaser
Check out the upcoming user interface updates (pre-alpha) and character database to be added to our website (alpha). pic.twitter.com/SPbQte8EqY
— Valiance Online (@ValianceOnline) July 1, 2016