Indie MMO Spotlight: Volunteers and FOMO

ByJose A. York

Jul 3, 2022

Every week, we scour the internet for all things indie MMOs so you don’t have to. This week, one developer explains why cryptocurrency isn’t a good fit for his game, another asks for volunteers to work on his project, and one of my most anticipated indie MMOs gets a global launch date. There’s a lot to cover, so luckily it’s a long weekend for many of us – happy Canada Day and happy 4th of July – but let’s stop wasting time and get started with this week’s Indie MMO Spotlight .

ether story

The extended Easter event, which was scheduled to end in early June, will end on July 5. Please use the extended holiday weekend to collect any eggs you may still need. The top player on each of the Easter Holiday leaderboards will also receive an Abovo or Chick Chick pet, of the player’s choice.

BitCraft

Clockwork Labs co-founder Tyler Cloutier posted a blog this week where he shares his – and presumably Clockwork Labs – thoughts on cryptocurrency and NFTs in games. In the blog, he explains that the Bit in BitCraft does not refer to cryptocurrency as many people assume. He further explains his belief that the rise of cryptocurrencies/NFTs is driven by the fear of missing out (FOMO). Tyler pauses before saying that Clockwork Labs will never add crypto/NFT to BitCraft, but he says they pursued “the venture capital route to finance the development of BitCraft so that we can avoid all these problems [with cryptocurrency and FOMO]. This approach comes with its own trade-offs, but it also means that we don’t need crowdfunding or NFT sales to fund the development of BitCraft whatever sort of. Ultimately, I think this will result in a much healthier community and game.

chimeraland

We finally have a date for chimeraland global launchand that date is July 15, 2022 (the chimeraland steam page (has release listed as July 14.) Over 3 million players have pre-registered for the global launch, and over 2,000 players have added their wishlist chimeraland on Steam.

The City of the Titans

A new blog post this week shared the updated list of CoT Launch Power Sets. Each base playstyle (Protection, Melee, Ranged, Support, and Control) will have 5 power sets to choose from.

The Cycle: Frontier

A new patch (1.3.0) was released earlier this week. The patch primarily focused on bug fixes and weapon balancing, but the patch also refined the anti-cheat algorithm to reduce the number of false positives that saw some players banned despite not using any cheated. You can see the full patch notes here. The cycle continues to do well on Twitch, and the number of concurrent players on Steam seems to have stabilized around the 20,000 mark for now.

The day before

FNTASTIC, the developer of The day before, undertook a redesign of their website this week. New Volunteer section had many scratching their heads as they tried to figure out the difference between full-time and part-time volunteers.

dual universe

The Mercury update (0.30) went live on Tuesday. A devblog covers Mercury art improvementsand full patch notes can be found here.

There’s also a new beta recap video that showcases all the major changes the team has made over the past two years, and Ask Aphelia Episode 7 is also available on YouTube.

Elethor

of Elethor Update v28, Spire, goes live July the 5th. Full patch notes are not released yet, but they will be released along with the previous release notes on the official site when the update is online.

Ember Sword

Ember Sword WIP Wednesday’s tweet usually shows concept art or stills of all the artwork the team is currently focusing on, but this week we’re treated to a gameplay video. The 1 minute and 44 second video shows the gameplay of Capital City, Deep Forest, and Autumn Forest.

fractured online

A new patch went live on Thursday. Along with the usual bug fixes and balance changes, Legends (world bosses) received some attention. Summoning requirements for all legends have been changed and a message is now played on world chat when a summon begins. Aerhen also has 7 new legends for players to defeat. The full patch notes can be found here.

A new Feature Spotlight was posted on the OF official information page. Spotlights cover Seasonsan upcoming competitive environment for guilds.

Genfanade

The Genfanade Kickstarter Campaign is officially over. In the end, 260 contributors pledged a total of $19,821. Congratulations to the team. Now get to work on those lofty goals! Once the Kickstarter is complete, Genfanade is expected to enter beta testing on July 15.

Gloria Victis

Although the revamped map isn’t quite ready yet, Weekly Update 324 always brings a lot of update goodness to the table. Along with some work in progress info, there are some tweaks to the fishing mini-game, a new set of cosmetic skins, and a bunch of bug fixes. GV is also expanding its social media presence with a new TikTok profile.

Ilysia

T21 published its June Dev Blog Thursday. As well as a short development update, the blog is packed with concept art and gameplay assets, community content, and a YouTube playlist of the team’s top music picks.

Legends of Aria

The Steam refund LoA was delayed for a week or two. The team needed more time to finish setting up all new player accounts. A new refund date will be announced once everything is settled.

Legacy of the Mist

Ask and you will receive. After asking their Discord community what their most hated things about the game were, the dev team got to work updating as many answers as possible. You can read the “Summer Wishes” patch notes at Legacy of the Mist steam page. It’s this kind of quick response that reminds us how in tune an indie developer can be with the community.

Profane

Although the website still shows it in May, INSANE has released its June update for its Profane Alpha roadmap. Progress has been made at almost every level, with most building blocks completed.

prosperous universe

Nick and Michi are back for Dev Diary #341. Michi shared some footage of her work on the new custom contract screens, while Nick announced that KI-446b will be the planet receiving a new name in the Name the event THIS planet. Be sure to vote before the ballots are counted.

Honor scars

After finishing their weekly chats about classes and races available to players, I missed that the Honor scars The team passed on the subject of tradition. The discussion started with the Human racebefore going to orcs. This week the topic was dwarf lore.

ship of heroes

The SoH The newsletter is all about housing this month. The team gathered player feedback after last month’s housing beta and has already implemented many of the most requested changes.

Starbase

Starbase is currently on sale on Steam for 66% off. Normally $31.99, you can pick up a copy of the game for $11.89 until the promotion ends on July 7.

Tatsumeeko

In the weekly Tatsumeeko devblogNish gives another update on the housing and child care overhaul, introduces us to Island Life, and recaps the team’s trip to New York for the NFT NYC event.

A canton tale

Looks like I missed Alta Journals #8 last week, so I thought I’d mention it this week in case someone hadn’t already found it on their own.

The Chronicles of Wagadu

A recent tweet from Wagadu hinted that Alpha-2 is coming soon. If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for their newsletter for the chance to receive an Alpha tester invite in the coming weeks.

Wild Terra 2: New Lands

A new update (2.1.309) went live this week, adding the first breeding stage to Wild land 2. The full patch notes list a horde of changes, including the addition of 15 new monsters, combat system tweaks, and more.