One thing gamers can definitely be thankful for this year is crowdfunding! Thanks to this phenomenon, we have many more options opening to us than ever before. And there are definitely some good gaming prospects on the horizon, even if news about all but one is seeming a bit scarce lately.
While it's true that a few funded projects tossed out a news morsel or two, two new campaigns replaced two unsuccessful ones (neither The Zodiac Project nor Omuni Online made their goals), newcomer The Mandate already made its goal, and another hopeful -- Ever, Jane -- has secured three-quarters of its goal with only a couple of days left, the majority of the spotlight has been stolen the upcoming space sim Star Citizen, which continues to blast the crowdfunding record to smithereens. If you missed any of the news, you can catch up on it all right here in Make My MMO.
Dream a little dream, get a little green, and before long you'll have your very own MMO... at least that's what these developers are hoping! Games seeking funding to make their plans a reality are listed in this section.
Citadel of Sorcery (MMO Magic, Inc.): Open donations, no end date
A vast, dynamic world where nothing is set in stone and each player will experience the game in very different ways
Based on Jane Austin
Gossip is a weapon, and a grand ball is a raid
A sandbox with a seamless world, full terraforming, crafting, and more
Two hours of gameplay
A sandbox where the community decides development by round table discussions
Massively news: Voxel-based building demo available
An MMO, RTS, MOBA, and exploration RPG
Ever-expanding "algorithm-ically generated universe"
Space Unfolding: Kickstarter campaign ends January 18, 2014
Cross-platform space sim with planetary travel
Open alpha version available now
Space RPG with some RTS elements
Players captain ships of NPC crews
Interactive prologue and ship designer active
Already made goal
Success has its privileges, like a spot in this section! Games that have reached their crowdfunding goals and are in current development are listed here. Once a game reaches the closed testing stage, it will move to the hallowed halls of Betawatch.
Star Citizen (Cloud Imperium): Official site
- Recent news: Salvage and smuggler ships; PS4-gate; $28 million... no $30 million.. no $33 million and rising; Squadron 42; Roberts on non-combat; marathon livestream.
Like few platforms before it, Kickstarter puts the power to determine the fate of fledgling MMOs in the hands of gamers themselves. Which will live and which will die? Check the pulse of all things crowdfunded in the MMO-sphere with Massively's MJ Guthrie every two weeks in Make My MMO. And for a look at non-MMOs in the crowdfunding realm, don't forget Joystiq's Crowdfund Bookie.