Indie MMO Spotlight: Crowdfunding, Extensive Testing, and World War 85

ByJose A. York

Nov 21, 2021

everyone happy Thanksgiving! For many of us, the holiday week means a long weekend. Once you eat way more turkey than you should, you can spend the rest of your free time playing your favorite indie MMOs. Don’t have a favorite indie MMO yet? Maybe you’ll find one in Spotlight Indie MMO this week.


Clockworks Labs announced the start of pre-Alpha testing for BitCraft. Pre-Alpha will be done in stages, starting with a small group and eventually adding more players over several months. You can still sign up for pre-alpha access on the BitCraft website.

The Cycle: Frontier

If you played during the last The Cycle: Frontier Closed Beta and can’t wait to get more playtime in, so you’ll be happy to know that Yager Development is looking for a small group of players for a Focus test group. If you are interested, you can register by complete this survey. Even if that’s not your thing, you might still be interested in the closed beta video below.

dual universe

NovaQuark posted several development blogs this week. First, a thorough explanation of the new pricing structure coming with the Demeter update, followed by a look at the mining units introduced in the update. Last post of the week is about another Demeter update addition – maintenance of the territory. You can’t evade taxes, even in space.

Ember Sword

Our very own Steven Weber explored blockchain integration with MMOs in his new column, MMONFT. This week, he continues his conversation with Bright Star Studios founder Loren Roosendaal, where they talk about how NFTs will affect the end game in Ember Sword.


A new war (War 85) started on Monday November 15th, I’m sure both sides have dug in and the battle is heating up. Headquarters Camp also announced that their next Devstream would be Tuesday, November 23 at 2 PM ET. They will preview up to 47 update, so be sure to put your gun down and join them on Twitch.


the Genfanad Discord channel got a new Community Manager this week. If you haven’t already had a chance to welcome Faevyn aboard and join in on all Genfanad’s discussion, you can find the channel here.

Gloria Victis

A new season of glory began in Gloria Victis. The best players in each season earn rewards and titles, so be sure to start climbing the ranks as soon as possible! And, of course, don’t forget to read Weekly Update #296 for all the changes and updates for the week.


There has been a new addition to the Team21 squad. The newest member of the team is Abbie, a 3D artist. You can view their portfolio at Art Station.

in the echo

ETLOK Studios is ready for its first pre-alpha test of in the echo. The test is scheduled for December 4-6, and invitations were sent out to the test group this week. The initial test group will be small, so if you’re not selected, don’t give up hope. There will be additional tests in the future.


With this week’s patch, players have five new Legendary Shard cosmetics, including everything from squirrel tails to demon horns. the patch notes also mention the addition of three new quests.


INSANE took to the Twitterverse to share more concept art from the ruins of Semisus. The tweet also gave them the opportunity to explain how the weather, seasons and day/night cycle could impact your trip to Profane.

prosperous universe

the COULD the team is usually very transparent in their weekly updates, so Dev Diary #311 has me wondering why they are so secret this week.

Kingdom of the Mad God

There was plenty of action (as usual) on the RotMG blog this week. There was a new update, History of War VIIa meet and greet with SquirtleGG, and a Friday News Publish.

realms of souls

the realms of souls fundraising campaign has officially begun. In the early days, $955 of the modest $15,000 goal has already been paid out. You can read all about realms of souls website.


Frozenbyte has released its first video diary for Starbase. In the inaugural episode of the new video series, Pip (marketing video producer) and Ellu (community manager) covered many development updates, including events on the public test server, acts and roadmap updates. You can watch the video at Youtube.


Things have been pretty quiet since an angel benefactor provided the funds to turn the lights back on the TitanReach development. The site still looks the same as it did several months ago, but Developer Reveal doesn’t pop into the TitanReach discord this week to let everyone know that they’re still working hard and he didn’t, “ran away with the money again.”

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