Indie MMO Spotlight: Forging a New Frontier

ByJose A. York

Jun 12, 2022

Every week, we scour the internet for all things indie MMOs so you don’t have to. This week, several of our indie favorites got some screen time during Summer Game Fest. We also had a major release that’s getting a ton of attention from streamers, a new MMO-lite blockchain joins the roster, and a few of our lesser-seen titles popped up on the radar for the first time in decades. month. There’s a lot to cover, so let’s stop wasting time and start with this week’s Indie MMO Spotlight.

BitCraft

We get a follow-up for by BitCraft tradition series, old newspapers. Svim the Singer and Rumbagh the Scholar are the subjects of the first entry in the new series, Travelers. The Companions were first seen in the BitCraft trailer, so it’s possible the duo are NPCs we’ll meet during our own adventures in the sandbox world of BitCraft.

chimeraland

chimeraland had its first round of server merges on Thursday with the merge of server 103 with 104 and 105 with 106. Funnily enough, a new server, 120, opened the same day.

The latest update of chimeraland also went live on Thursday (it was a busy day), bringing dinosaurs to the world. To celebrate the update, several dinosaur events will be running until June 22.

The Cycle: Frontier

The Cycle: Frontier was officially released on Wednesday and is available at Steam and the Epic Games Store. The next two weeks will serve as Pre-season period, followed by the start of Season 1 on Wednesday, June 22. The release caught the attention of several top Twitch streamers, including Wrap, Vertex1G, Pestilyand Sacral. And you can expect the first impression of MMORPG next week.

dual universe

Ask Aphelia Q&A Podcast Episode 4 was posted on YouTube on Friday. The discussion includes XL cores, build teardown, DACs and more. After watching the podcast, be sure to participate in the discussion on the FROM forums.

In other FROM news, creative director Cyrille Fontaine posted a letter to the community this week. In the letter, he discusses the current state of development (they’re doing a lot of polishing work), teases a few new gameplay features, and gives an update on whether NQ will perform a universe reset at the moment. launch.

Ember Sword

Ember Sword asset migration to IMX started on Wednesday. Although most of the early migrations went off without a hitch, some issues with migration failures caused Bright Star Studios to halt migrations on Thursday. It looks like they have identified and resolved the issues causing the failures and migrations are resuming on Monday.

Ethyrial: Echoes of Old

Ethyrian was featured in the OTK Exo Gamesgiving him a huge dose of visibility this week.

fractured online

fractured online had a big patch on Tuesday. Poison, bleed, and stealth have all been reworked, clicking near multiple corpses will now show all of their inventories at once, and players now have access to new chat channels. You can see all the changes and bugfixes in the full patch notes.

Eden Galaxies

I missed it last week, but Eden Galaxies posted his 5th Devblog May 30. The blog post covers the recently launched Account Portal as well as a general development update.

Genfanade

The Genfand Starter has now surpassed the promised $15,000. With the additional funding, Rose Tinted Games will add customization and animation spells to Genfanade. Additional character customization and pet support will be added to the $20,000 and $25,000 stretch goals.

Genfanade was also featured at the OTK Games Show.

Gloria Victis

With Weekly Update 322Players will now experience longer days and shorter nights in VG. There were also several other quality of life improvements this week, including Death Valley balance tweaks and a balance overhaul for Fishing.

Legends of Aria

Reaper Games CEO Joseph Rubin announced that Legends of Aria would be removed from Steam at the end of the month. Although that makes sense considering LoA relaunch while a blockchain-enabled MMO goes against Steam’s current blockchain policy, the crypto-free Legends of Aria Classic will also be removed from the list.

Legends of Aria also announced its IDO (Initial Dex Offer) would be managed by Enjstarter. Enjstarter has a Guide to IDOs who will let you know if you don’t know how to participate in the IDO.

Legacy of the Mist

Patch version 0.1.20.0 went live this week. You can see changelog on the Legacy of the Mist Steam page.

F4E project

There will be a special 2-hour playtest session with the developers on June 14 at 9am EDT. The test is reserved for players who have never played F4E project in the old days. You can apply for the test session by completing this Google Docs Form.

Project Gorgon

Project Gorgon received its 364th update this week! The update contains a ton of new features and fixes, so prepare your finger on the scroll wheel and head to the Project Gorgon steam page to see all changes.

prosperous universe

In Development Log #338, Fabian discusses some new features that will help new players get into the universe. Nick also adds to the log by reminding players to check out the Twitch stream they participated in on Blackboa’s chain.

Ravendawn

The Ravendawn the team announced that RavendawnDB will serve as the official Ravendawn Wiki. And don’t forget that the Ravendawn Alpha 5 starts on June 14.

Kingdom of the Mad God

Update 2.3.2 went live on Wednesday. You can find a list of all changes in this blog post.

Stein World

Stein World is an MMO that we don’t see very often in the Indie MMO Spotlight, but here’s proof that I’m still checking out silent titles even though this news comes a week late. A recent Devlog update covers the work done over the past few months, including class reworks and the addition of the hunter, warlock, and shaman, among others.

Tatsumeeko

Tatsumeeko got $7.5 million in seed funding for its cross-platform fantasy online game. Available on iOS, Android, and Discord, Tatsumeeko is an MMORPG-lite experience that will put the community first. Although Tatsumeeko will incorporate blockchain technology such as NFT and Web3, players will still be able to play without incorporating blockchain elements. You can find the Tatsumeeko white paper on the official website.

Villagers and Heroes

It’s time for another Villagers and Heroes Live Developer. The stream will begin Tuesday, June 14 at 4 p.m. EDT on the VH Twitch channel. Viewers can expect to get an update on housing interiors, a preview of new and revamped side content coming soon, and a visit to the Twilight Vale event area.

Zenith: the last city

The Celestial Throne update (patch 1.1) will go live on Thursday, June 16. The update adds a new floating castle with a gigantic platform course and introduces six new instanced dungeons – three 4-person dungeons and three 8-person raids.