This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Descent: Underground released a major AI update this week — the Moon Collider’s advanced Kythera AI system — plus “cooperative play against ‘bot’ opponents, new ship types, and additional gameplay enhancements.”
- Kickstarted science-laden sandbox ECO took home a climate science prize for its ecosystem simulation, which allows players to actually “create laws and policy [to] prevent the world’s destruction.
- CIG dismissed a Star Citizen backer’s insinuation that a state district attorney influenced its decision to refund $3000 in Kickstarter donations.
- And don’t forget to grab your summer alpha key for Das Tal!
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!
Descent: Underground video
Recent MMO crowdfunding news
Watch your step: Edengrad adds land mines – Flush with success (not to mention cash) from its Kickstarter campaign, the Edengrad team is excited to share what projects it’s been working on recently. In a new developer diary,…
Star Citizen has the financial backing of 500,000 fans – While much is made of Roberts Space Industries’ work on Star Citizen, perhaps much less known is the job that Turbulent has performed. This small team has been tackling web…
Giveaway: Das Tal summer alpha keys from Fairytale Distillery and MOP – Indie sandbox Das Tal’s summer alpha kicks off tomorrow morning on July 16th. Fairytale Distillery plans to cut the rope on the servers at 10 a.m. EDT and let you…
Star Citizen rep: ‘Nothing special’ about $3000 Kickstarter refund – A Star Citizen backer who says he believes the game is a “scam” now says he’s successfully procured a series of refunds for his Kickstarter pledge of $3000. Going by the name…
Explore Shroud of the Avatar’s world with this community web atlas – There’s no chance that you’re going to get lost when you go exploring Shroud of the Avatar, thanks to a new community project that’s mapping out the entire world. Players…
Shards Online patches in necromancy and dragon taming – The latest Shards Online patch is the biggest one since December, and it really covers all of the bases you can imagine. Do you want to tame a young dragon?…
Pantheon’s powers might sound more intense as players level up – Pantheon Creative Director Chris Perkins apparently wears many hats around the office, including that of being the game’s composer. In a new developer diary, Perkins talks about how he’s using music…
This is how you’ll customize your Crowfall character – Future Crowfall warriors might be looking at all of the archetypes (classes) and wondering how theirs will play any different than the rest. ArtCraft’s answer to this comes in the form…
Shroud of the Avatar races to address issues before persistent world launch – Time is running short for Shroud of the Avatar to prepare for its persistent world launch at the end of the month. The team has been patching up Release 31,…
Exile Online shows off its weather system and armor concept – Whether you’re in ye olde fantasy lands or the cold, dystopian future, weather is pretty much a constant force in the world. Exile Online tips its hat to Cybermother Nature…
Gloria Victis has sold 30,000 copies in early access – The early access switch was flipped on for Gloria Victis a month ago, which has been a big transition for the team. It’s been a transition that’s brought plenty of…
Crowfall devs talk about the Myrmidon minotaur and murder machines – What’s the Crowfall team up to these days? In a new Q&A video for July, the lead devs talk about the three “tracks” that the team has been working on: the…
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.