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Make My MMO: June 15 - June 21, 2014

Jef Reahard

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, golden oldie World War II Online assured itself of a new client update thanks to a successful Indiegogo campaign. The genre's first and arguably best MMOFPS raised over $10,000, which it will spend on a new test server as well as PC and Mac client updates.

Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier made headlines based on the size of its (expanding) dev team, and fellow space sim Star Citizen stirred up some controversy thanks to its hyper-realistic flight model manifesto. Oh, and don't forget to watch that crowdfunded EVE Online documentary when it premieres next month!

The rest of our weekly crowdfunding roundup is hiding on the other side of that hypergate.

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 dateSkara: The Blade Remains (SKARA): Kickstarter, ends July 4th
  • The first multiplayer online versus game (MOV)
  • Coming to Steam Greenlight July
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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