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Make My MMO: May 25 - June 1

Jef Reahard

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, we heard from Pathfinder devs on crafting as well as Guns of Icarus devs on how they managed to pull off two successful Kickstarter campaigns. EVE Online fans paid nearly $100k to Kickstart an internet spaceship history book, and Elite: Dangerous began its premium beta phase while fellow space sim sandbox Star Citizen delayed its dogfighting module release.

Finally, indie sandbox Trials of Ascension, fresh off its successful $40k crowdfunding campaign, announced a raffle that includes a demo pass, a Skype convo with the devs, and a free item from the ToA store.

Current campaigns
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
  • Massively interview
Contested Space (Zon): Kickstarter coming soon
  • Player-design spaceships and stations
  • Action-oriented combat, territory expansion and defense
Gloria Victis (Black Eye Games): Open donations, no end date
  • Fantasy medieval setting with a classless system and unrestricted character development
  • Realistic weather system
  • Greenlit on Steam
  • Latest news: March 30 -- PvP raid and new screens
Neo's Land (NeoJac Entertainment): Open donations, no end dateOrigins of Malu (Burning Dog): Kickstarter, ends June 12th
  • Sci-fantasy sandbox
  • Permadeath
  • Already in playable alpha
Shards Online (Citadel Studios): Kickstarter, ends June 12th
  • Create your own servers, rulesets, and content
  • Crafting, housing, questing, and PvP
  • Skill-based character development
  • Heavily influenced by Ultima Online
The Far Reaches (Samuel Ruggieri): Kickstarter, ends July 11th
  • Open-world sci-fi sandbox
  • Advanced NPC behaviors
  • Skill-based character development
Trials of Ascension (Forged Chaos): Open donations, pending new Kickstarter campaign
  • Skill-based sandbox MMORPG

Fully funded
Success has its privileges, including a spot in this section! Games that have reached their crowdfunding goals and that are currently being developed are listed here. Once a game reaches the closed testing stage, it will move to the hallowed halls of Betawatch.Kickstarter puts the the fate of fledgling MMOs in the hands of gamers. Which will live and which will die? Check the pulse of MMO crowdfunding with Massively's Jef Reahard every Wednesday in Make My MMO. And for a look at non-MMO crowdfunding, don't forget Joystiq's Crowdfund Bookie.

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