Every week, we scour the internet for all things indie MMOs so you don’t have to. The weather isn’t the only thing heating up this week, with many of our indie MMOs heading into alpha or beta testing in the near future. There was also an insane number of patches and updates released this week. With so much to cover, let’s stop wasting time and start this week’s Indie MMO Spotlight.
The last thumbnail published on BitCraft Twitter Quickly mentions the market stalls, a place where you can “buy regional products from the locals – products that are impossible to find in other parts of the world”. Does that mean BitCraft Will there be player-run stalls with the need for caravans (and guards) to supply goods? I hope so. Discuss!
Last week we mentioned that the latest patch for Broken ranks would go live on Monday, May 9. It did, and you can read the full patch notes on the Broken ranks change log.
The closed beta test has started in Canada and Japan and will run until May 17. Although the test still appears to be region-locked in the Google Play Store, the PC Beta Test client (like the live version) is accessible from any region.
A post on the corepunk Discord announced this week that the majority of Artificial Core employees are Ukrainians and that due to the ongoing conflict in the region, they will be suspending support for the Russian region. On May 17, the Russian website, forum and Discord channel will be deactivated.
The Cycle: Frontier
The first set of invitations have been sent to new members of the targeted test group, with more expected to be delivered on Monday.
There is good/bad news for everything dual universe Kickstarter supporters there. A forum post announced that the dual universe the production of figurines and Collector Boxes is finished. However, there are some issues with the partner responsible for handling the shipment of said items, and delivery of physical rewards will not begin until the issues are resolved.
Novaquark also presented a brand new podcast this week. Ask Aphelia Podcast Episode #1 is on the dual universe Youtube channel.
Ethyrial: Echoes of Old
There was a big patch pushed on Saturday. Lair of the Exiles, a new 5-player dungeon suitable for level 30+ players, is now located in the Old Mines. The new dungeon will serve as an introduction to help players prepare for the new 20-player dungeon, Elemental Rift. In addition to all the new loot to be earned by completing both dungeons, all party members involved in the world’s first elimination of the last Elemental Rift boss will receive a one-time reward.
A new devblog, titled spring update, was released this week. The blog served as a preview for Update 49, a small update that was supposed to arrive before Version 1.0 goes live later this year. Update 49 appears to be a minor update that will focus on bug fixes and optimization rather than adding new gameplay mechanics.
After a short delay, patch b.0.1e went live on Thursday, followed by a quick fix downtime on Friday. Crafting fees and taxes have been introduced, ports are now free in PvP within 50 meters of the port office building, and some player animations have been tweaked. You can find all changes and bugfixes in the full patch notes.
This week, Genfanade Developer Rose Tinted Glasses was busy preparing for its next Kickstarter campaign. A new announcement video revealed that the campaign start date was May 31 (no surprise given their previous clues). The announcement was covered by several media sites, including game press, Game trendand pocket gamer.
Weekly Update 318 was released with patch v0.9.9.4 this week. Along with a new season of glory, guild technologies have also been added and can be accessed by pressing the [G] key on your keyboard.
Legends of Aria
The first Alpha for LoA 2.0 went live on Wednesday, offering anyone with a premium subscription LoA Classic a first look at the updated game. Anyone interested in experiencing the Alpha can still get a premium subscription by visiting the LoA to place. Otherwise, we will have to wait for the Beta Test scheduled for this summer.
A second trailer for the next one Crazy world Final Alpha was released this week. A third trailer is set to drop on May 23, just two days before the Final Alpha begins.
An official Alpha trailer for past fate went live this week, giving us a 60-second preview of some gameplay, including fishing, mining, and combat!
INSANE has announced that they will begin conducting several combat test sessions for Profane in the next weeks. The test will be limited to character customization, basic attacks, and movement features only. A post on the Profane The Discord channel details what players can expect during testing, and anyone interested can apply by filling out an application.
In Dev Diary #334Martin, Nick and Michi explain all their recent work to you.
Kingdom of the Mad God
The third year(?) In shards and pieces event took place this week. The event runs until Monday, May 16, so you still have a few hours to get some extra loot. If you end up missing the event, you can still join the Rebuild event May 17-31.
There was also a blog post earlier in the week that discussed the new weapon subtypes which would be added to RotMG Later this year.
They might not be as exciting as last week’s highlight race (the walking dead!), but this week the SoH The team opened a discussion about a basic RPG, the High Elf. Grab your pointy ear prostheses and start discussing the SoH forums.
A canton tale
This week saw a new patch, main-0.1.2.4, which brought a handful of Quest and PC updates and fixes. You can read the full patch notes here. After taking a week off, Community Manager Cayde also posted Alta Logs #7, where they took the time to introduce a few new team members.
I missed the April Developer Update which was released on May 3. Better late than never, right?
Villagers and Heroes
The servers were down for a few minutes on Tuesday so the V&H team might deploy a new patch. The patch was primarily aimed at fixing existing bugs related to collision and movement issues.
wild land 2
It can be a very short entry on the wild land 2 Steam news page, but the post has two big announcements. First, animal husbandry. Second, a complete change to the start of the game, with a new plot, locations, and updated quest chains. This is all the information the post gives, so stay tuned for future updates.
After a short period of early access on Steam, World seed will officially release on Tuesday, May 17. There is no mention of the release price, but the current Early Access price is $8.99.