Make My MMO: Crowdfunding January 12 - 25, 2014

MJ Guthrie
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Make My MMO: Crowdfunding January 12 - 25, 2014
Make My MMO: Crowdfunding January 12 - 25, 2014
After a sleepy holiday season, the crowdfunding crowd has woken up and gotten down to business. And amidst that new bustle of activity, Make My MMO's ranks are altering a bit. Two games leave our listing, but each for different reasons; the cross-platform space sim Space Unfolding folded after missing its goal, and Face of Mankind moved along to Betawatch to join the ranks of the games in testing. And now that War of Omens' campaign has wrapped up, it moves into the fully funded category.

Some campaigns have really kicked into high gear. Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen joined the crowdfunding race and has delivered a slew of nearly daily news. Novus AEterno has nearly tripled its goal and is closing in on yet another stretch goal these final days of its campaign, while The Repopulation has also blown away its initial goal and is aiming for its eigth stretch goal (not to mention revealed plenty of juicy new bits). A smaller title, Tales From The Strange Universe, is more than halfway to its modest goal with a week left. And newcomer Star Rider also jumps on the Kickstarter bandwagon. Unfortunately, others aren't faring as well. Things aren't looking promising for Antilia or Universe Rush, whose campaigns end soon and are still over $85K and $98K short of their respective goals.

Want more details on these stories or an update on all the already-funded projects? We've got the round-up right here.

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.

Antilia (Right Brain Games): Kickstarter campaign ends January 28, 2014
  • Fantasy sandbox with unique animal races (with dragons coming soon)
  • Skill-based with fishing, cooking, crafting, and player housing
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
  • Massively interview
Gloria Victis (Black Eye Games): Open donations, no end date
  • Fantasy medieval setting with a classless system and unrestricted character development
  • Realistic weather system
Hot Rod Hustle: Kickstarter campaign ends February 13, 2014 Neo's Land (NeoJac Entertainment): Open donations, no end date
  • Persistent sci-fi MMORTS
  • Appearance of investors led to relaunching Kickstarter with a lower goal
  • Each backer who re-pledges gets a Ring Planet
  • Met its goal
Star Rider: Kickstarter campaign ends February 12, 2014
  • Aims to create the biggest MMO to date
  • Based on lore from creators short story series
  • Includes crafting, housing, PvP, mining, and ground and air gameplay
Tales From The Strange Universe: Kickstarter campaign ends January 31, 2014
  • Browser-based sci-fi/fantasy strategy game
  • Galaxies run three to six weeks then restart
  • Build industry, train military, conquer stars and planets, form alliances, trade resources
  • Six races (including dragon and robot)
Universe Rush (Kercus Holding): Kickstarter campaign ends February 3, 2014
  • Cross-platform space strategy combining space battles, console-level graphics, and long-term strategic multiplayer in an evolving environment
  • Evolving economy
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. 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.
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