This week in MMO crowdfunding news, the story-driven MMORPG Chronicles of Elyria stormed Kickstarter Keep and is still going strong. It raised a third of its goal in its first day; as I write this, it stands at $588,390 pledged of its $900,000 goal with 26 days left to go. The MMO is promising relatively unusual mechanics like character aging, offline leveling, and a death system that is uniquely tied to the business model. Soulbound Studios’ most recent update explains to players that the game’s three-month story-development phase — the devs are calling it “Exposition” — will itself be divided into three phases: one with no ganking, one with ganking but no siege equipment, and one where “the gloves come off.”
Meanwhile, Mars-themed survivalbox ROKH launched its own Kickstarter, hoping to raise $114,803 US (€100,000) to speed up and enhance production of the game. “We hope to get your support to add more resources to the project and ship it with a larger feature set,” studio Darewise says.
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!
Chronicles of Elyria
Recent MMO crowdfunding news
Chronicles of Elyria’s Kickstarter is now live
Chronicles of Elyria moves past the 50% mark with a reward correction
Mars-themed survival sandbox ROKH launches Kickstarter campaign
Crowfall previews the first batch of powers for the Druid
Star Citizen’s Around the Verse on Nexus lore and the Javelin escape pod
Build the best base for Fragmented’s screenshot contest
Das Tal patch brings love to the newbies
Saga of Lucimia stares deeper into the darkness in a new video
Check out a prototype mission in City of Titans
Pantheon’s Visionary Realms hires more developers
Crowfall’s ‘universe’ plan could mean regionalized servers
Chronicles of Elyria roars past $422,000 in its Kickstarter campaign
Saga of Lucimia shows off its dynamic weather systems
Sacrament preps Patreon after failed Kickstarter, shows off the Thief
Elite: Dangerous is pushing the Engineers beta out on May 5th
Chronicles of Elyria Kickstarter hits nearly a third of its funding in less than 24 hours
Crowfall’s castle siege video is appropriately brutal
Elite: Dangerous features in a new Oculus Rift trailer
Why Brad McQuaid chose Pantheon over reviving Vanguard
Saga of Lucimia explores the depths of darkness
Story-driven survival game The Wild Eight reaches Kickstarter goal
Shroud of the Avatar flies through Brittany, kicks off fundraiser
Camelot Unchained’s monthly newsletter covers the beta delay and end of crunch
City of Titans’ mission prototype
Campaigns and crowdfunded MMOs we’re watching
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.
Contested Space (Zon)
Crowfall (ArtCraft) – Open donations/packages
Chronicles of Elyria (Soulbound) – Kickstarter live now; ends June 3.
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)
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.
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)
ROKH (Darewise) – Kickstarter live; ends June 5.
The Stomping Land (Alex Fundora) – Abandoned.
Sacrament (Ferocity Unbound) – Kickstarter failed; Patreon planned.
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.