January can be a slow month for the gaming industry. That doesn’t seem to be the case with indie MMO development, though. We’re only a week away from the start of the new year and we’ve already released our first indie MMO with a second coming before the end of the month. With so much going on, there’s plenty to cover, so let’s start with this week’s Indie MMO Spotlight.
Travelogue had a rough ending in 2021, but developer Might & Delight is always confident that the TMO “will stay on its path to becoming the RPG experience of our dreams”. To this end, Might & Delight announced that two more levels – a mountainous forest in the west and the underground underbelly – would be deployed in the near future. Players can also expect more character customization options as they finalize the new customization tools.
Whitemoon Games is one of the quieter indie developers, so when they have an announcement, it’s usually something big. Such was the case this week when they announced that Broken ranks will be released on January 25, 2022.
The Animal Collecting MMO chimeraland officially launched on iOS, Android and PC in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines this week. Although no official date has been announced, chimeraland is expected to arrive in other parts of the globe later this year.
The Cycle: Frontier
Episode 3 of the Life on Fortuna III series debuted this week. You can watch the show on Twitch.
dragon and house
I came across a new addition for Indie Spotlight while browsing the MMORPG subreddit. dragon and house was released in August 2021 and is a free-to-play sandbox MMORPG with a Minecraft to see. You can find out what developer HIG has in store for 2022 in this announcement posted on the D&H steam page this week.
This week Ember Sword Podcast, we are introduced to team member Christoffer Erlang, Director of Operations at Bright Star Studios. You can listen and see what motivates Chris on the Ember Sword Youtube channel Where wherever you listen to podcasts.
Are you ready for some fractured online traditions? A new post on the OF website explains the story of how Elysium was split into three worlds and what players can expect to find on each one. The message also discusses the idea of traveling in fractured online and how it affects the survival aspects of the MMO.
There was also a post from earlier in the week that preview the three races you can choose and how Dynamight Studios plans to make choosing a race meaningful.
the Gloria Victis the team is back on track with Weekly Update #301. While there aren’t any major additions or improvements this week, the update is still packed full of quality of life improvements and bug fixes.
There was a new patch for Hordes.io this week. Along with some Gloomfury balance changes, the minimap has received an update. Minimaps now have increased quality and resolution, and can also be zoomed in and out with the mouse wheel.
Legacy of the Mist
Interested in what’s in store for Legacy of the Mist in 2022? If so, you can head to the Legacy of the Mist Steam page to consult the Roadmap 2022.
Kingdom of the Mad God
From Tuesday, January 11, you will no longer need runes to enter the sanctuary. Free entries only last for a week, with the event ending on the 18th. That’s not the only event happening in RotMG this month, so be sure to check out the blog posts covering the Discord Events and weekly in-game events.
Chronicles of Wagadu
More on the Chronicles of Wagadu Twitter, Twin Drums teased a massive announcement coming next week. To hold you over until then, the tweet also showed artwork for new animals.
We have a massive announcement next week….??For now, know that the art team has also been working on animations and experimenting with “skins” for other animals that will hopefully join our crocodiles, cows, chickens and co in- Game. ?? pic.twitter.com/PM3PwKweAA
— The Chronicles of Wagadu | MMORPG and 5E settings (@WagaduChronicle) January 7, 2022
Ahead of the World Seed 2.0 Release, World Seed 1.0 was renamed World Seed Classic on Steam. In other news, the World seed Starter does not go well. With 13 days remaining, 31 backers have pledged $1,515, well below the target of $8,839.
reign of the guilds – This news article from RoG last week provides an overview of all the updates made by the team in 2021.