Indie MMO Spotlight: Roadmaps, RPGs and VR Launches

ByJose A. York

Jan 16, 2022

With a slew of updates, fixes, and announcements, it looks like all of our favorite indie developers are back from vacation and hard at work. It’s not just the Indie MMO Spotlight regulars either, with several of our lesser-known developers making their way into the news this week. So let’s stop wasting time and get straight to the news with this week’s Indie MMO spotlight.

Travelogue

Permanent death has always been a topic of debate for the BoT community, and Might & Delight had to disable permadeath shortly after launch to prevent players from losing their characters to bugs and glitches. Might & Delight revisits the topic of permadeath in a community update on the Travelogue Steam page, sharing a preview of how they plan to add more depth to the journey after a character dies.

chimeraland

chimeraland was released just over a week ago, and with its first patch, the MMO is already in the middle of its first special event, Snoweve Party.

cinderstone online

Since its name change in July, it’s been pretty quiet on the cinderstone online news. A news article on the cinderstone online The Steam page assures us that the team is still hard at work rolling out new mechanics in preparation for the open beta. In an attempt to be more transparent about the development process, they released a percentage roadmap to track their progress

The Cycle: Frontier

Yager Development entered the interview circuit late last year. They continued the series of interviews between Twitch streamers and Yager staff this week with a conversation between streamer BlackOni and Oliver “Wayward” Hildebrandtlive producer at Yager Development.

dual universe

Novalogic shared an update high-level roadmap for dual universe this week. The big addition to the roadmap is the Panacea update. Slated for Winter 2022, the Panacea update will deliver an improved toolset for both new and veteran voxel manipulators.

Farwoods

After a few months of inactivity, the r/MMORPG Subreddit Developer Spotlight had a new entry this week. A niche within a niche, Farwoods is a graphical MUD role-playing game inspired by Redwall and Watership Down. A pure passion project that is currently in Open Alpha, Farwoods is free to play without any microtransactions. There are also no NPCs or PvE content, so if you’re looking for a world where all content is RPG driven, Farwoods could be the MMO you’ve been looking for.

foxhole

On Tuesday, January 11, a new war broke out on the Live-1 server. If you’re not already engaged with the enemy, now’s a great time to grab your gun (or tank) and double-cross it to the front line.

fractured online

The third and fourth tranches of fractured online Feature Spotlight were released this week. Spotlight #3 covered the knowledge system, specifically how character progression would work in OF. Spotlight #4 builds on that knowledge by taking a deeper look at the different schools of magic and combat that players will have access to.

Gloria Vicits

The Christmas Event ended this week, and you have until the start of the New Season of Glory on January 20 to turn in your Gingerbread and Candy for your rewards. And be sure to check Weekly Update 302 to see all the quality of life improvements and bug fixes the dev team has implemented this week.

OrbusVR

A new blog post highlighting the new battleground of the Temple of Ma’at was released this week. The post also mentions that players will be able to get a cape, a cake, and a penguin costume (if you don’t already own it) during the 4th anniversary event that starts on January 18.

past fate

Patch 0.3.3 went live this week, adding a character skill system to Destiny past. The patch also brings a plethora of other improvements and bugfixes.

Profane

January has been a month full of updated MMO roadmaps, and developer INSANE has joined in with their updated roadmap for Profane. Instead of trying to predict the exact date each roadmap item will be completed, each map has a progress bar to indicate how close it is to completion.

prosperous universe

After a short break for the holidays, everyone is back to work. You can see what they all do in Dev Diary #317.

Kingdom of the Mad God

It was relatively quiet RotMG Blog this week, with only two messages.

Honor scars

Yager isn’t the only developer giving interviews, with Honor scars Venelin CEO take the time to chat with YouTuber Vulkan on Monday.

Screps

Season 4 in MMORTS scape started on January 15. Be sure to check out the forum post to read all the special rules implemented this season.

Zenith: the last city

I’m sure you’re probably déjà vubut Zenith: the last city launches January 27!

loose ends

  • foxhole – The first two episodes of the next series of “A Chronicle of Ashes” were released a few weeks ago. Here are the links for Episode 1 and Episode 2 from Chronicles of Ashes: Whedon’s Row.