2016 has been a pretty good year for MMORPGs. With the release of both The Elder Scrolls Online and Star Citizen, it was revealed that 2015 had been the highest-grossing year ever for MMORPGs. But this announcement was surprising, because as far as anyone knew there was no major MMORPG in development.

In the past few months, the indie game development studio Fractured Pixel Studios has grown its team by about 20 percent thanks to what may be several hundred thousand dollars in investment. What led to this unexpected development?

While Fractured is still a young game, it’s already risen to be considered one of the most ambitious computer games ever made. In fact, its lead developer, Jeff Vogel, has stated that he wants to make the game a trilogy . And on top of this, the game is backed and funded by two large investments, the first coming from the likes of Paul Marriott , the creator of Bionic Commando and co-founder of Pogo Games .

MMO sandbox crowdfunding Fractured explained this week why it’s not living up to its track record, but thankfully it’s all good news: The game’s development team is doubling its staff, thanks to what looks like at least one new investment in the game and the company.

Chinese. Read on to find out what’s been happening in MMO crowdfunding over the past few weeks, as well as our list of all the MMO crowdfunders we follow!

3001SQ (SMV) – failed Kickstarter, stopped development in 2018.
AdventureQuest 3D (Artix) – 368k collected; 2016 beta.
Albion Online (Sandbox) – launched in July 2017, released on Steam in May 2018.
Antraxx (Team Antraxx) – Kickstarter cancelled.
Lift: The Space Game (Fluffy Kitten) – Successful KS. Introduced in 2016.
Ashes of Creation (Intrepid Studios) – Successful KS. Alpha zero.
Blast Out(Tarhead Studio) – Kickstarter success. Originally named RUiN. IN EA.
Travel Book (Might and Delight) – Kickstarter. Closed beta.
Broken protocol (cylinder) – KS failure. Free early access.
Camelot Unchained (City-State) – Kickstarter successful; donations/packages open.
Caribbean Conquest (Invenio) – First KS cancelled, second poorly finished.
Codename Reality (Orode) – Kickstarter failed.
Contested space (Sun) – Kickstarter failed.
Crowfall (ArtCraft) – win on Kickstarter, Indiegogo. Beta.
Chronicles of Elyria (Soulbound) – Kickstarter. He clearly hasn’t given up yet.
City of Heroes Homecoming (Homecoming) – Monthly fundraising rounds.
Development City of the Titans (Missing Worlds Media) – KS Success.
Dawngate (Wayfinder Studios). Successful Kickstarter, but no license.
Dragon Day (Beawesome) – Kickstarter success.
Descent Underground (Descendent Studios) – CC success.
Destiny’s Sword (2Dogs) – Kickstarter success in June 2019; demo now available.
Dogma: Eternal Night (Prelude Games Factory): Kickstarter. Probably dead.
Dragon of Legends (Thrive Games) is a successful Kickstarter.
Dreamworld(Dreamworld Realities) – Kickstarter success. Dodgy.
Dual Universe (Novaquark) – funded by Kickstarter, a donor platform. Paid beta version.
Eco (Strange Loop Games) – funded, now in beta.
Edengrad (Huckleberry Games) – funded by Kickstarter. Left several times.
Elite: Dangerous (Frontier Developments) – funded and fully launched.
Empyrion Online (Eleon) – Kickstarter cancelled; launched on Steam.
Endless Trials (Fire Hurts) – Kickstarter cancelled.
Epic Space (EpicSpace.net)
EverFeud (PSB) – Kickstarter cancelled.
Always, Jane (3 Turn Productions) – Kickstarter success. Ends in 2020.
Fractured (Dynamight) – Kickstarter Success. Alpha 2.
Frozen Flame (Dreamside) – The fig campaign is successful. In alpha founder.
Global Adventures (SubaGames) – funded by Kickstarter.
Gloria Victis (Black Eye Games) – Open donations, no end date; in early access.
Greed Monger (Greed Monger) – abandoned, now believed to be restored.
Grim Dawn (Crate Entertainment) – funded and launched.
Guardians of Ember (Runewaker) – funded and launched.
Guns of Icarus (Muse) – funded and launched.
Infinity: Battlescape (I-Novae Studios) – KS success; in early access.
HEX (HEX Entertainment) – funded, launched; ends in 2020.
Ilysia (Team 21) – Fully funded Kickstarter in October 2020. Now in alpha version.
Legends of Aria (Citadel Studios) – Kickstarter like Shards Online. Launching in 2020.
Life is Feudal (Bitbox): Indiegogo ended. Closed and unattended.
LUX (Chimera) – Kickstarter cancelled. Seems to have been abandoned.
Maestros of the Anthymn (String Theory) – Kickstarter cancelled.
(Maguss) was a successful project on Indiegogo; it was launched and then discontinued in 2020.
Mekria (Infinity Online Studios) – Kickstarter cancelled. It looks deserted.
Midair (Archetype Studios) – Kickstarter Success. On Steam, but abandoned.
Nebula Online (Mizar Games) Kickstarter cancelled; launching in November.
Neo’s Land (NeoJac Entertainment) – Open Donations. Leaving.
Novus AEterno (Taitale Studios) – KS passed. Leaving.
Oath (Ready) – Funded by Kickstarter. Seems to have been abandoned.
Occupy White Walls (Stikipixels) – Kickstarter failure.
Strange Giants continues on Patreon.
OrbusVR (Ad Alternum) – funded by KS in March 2017. Early access.
Overpower (Hydrant Games) – Unfunded Kickstarter; Early Access.

Pantropy (Brain Stone GmbH): First COP cancelled, second funded. IN EA.
Past Destination (frozen north): The first Kickstarter failed, the second was a success.
Pathfinder Online (GoblinWorks) development dungeons – still alive, but struggling.
Path of the Titans (Alderon) – Indiegogo. Early access.
Planet Nomads (Craneballs) – Kickstarter, Early Access launched without multiplayer.
Playcraft (Bebop Games) – funded by Kickstarter in May 2019; at EA.
Pixel Starships (SavySoda) – funded by Kickstarter. Second also. IN EA.
Project Gorgon (Elder Game) – Kickstarter in three tries + Indiegogo. Early access.
Project Oasis World (POW) – Kickstarter fails.
Pumpkin Online (Monique) – Started with Pumpkin Days.
RAW (Killerwhale) – The Kickstarter has been cancelled.
ROKH (Darewise) – Kickstarter cancelled; in Early Access, but not in active development.
Sacrament (Ferocity Unbound) – Kickstarter, Patreon failed. Abandoned.
Saga of Lucimia (Stormhaven) – Indiegogo. Pre-Alpha.
Seed (Klang Games) – Is the Kickstarter closed?
Shadow’s Kiss (Clockwork Throne) – Currently funded by Patreon, Kickstarter.
Ship of Heroes (Heroic) – Kickstarter cancelled, expected launch in 2021.
Shroud of the Avatar (Portalarium) – Soft launch in July 2016. Introduced in March 2018.
Spycursion (Defun) – Kickstarter failed.
Squadron 42 (Cloud Imperium) – Beta delayed unknown
Star Citizen (Cloud Imperium) – Current donations/packages. Backer Alpha.
Starfighter Infinity (Ben Olding) – funded by Kickstarter. Early access.
Swords ‘n Magic and Stuff (Kindred) – funded by Kickstarter. Early access.
Temtem (Crema) – Fully funded Kickstarter; now in early access.
The Exiles (Fairytale Distillery) – aka The Valley; KS failed. Early access, but development is suspended.
The flower of chivalry – Kickstarter cancelled.
Area: Resurrected (Stephen Nichols) – Live Game. The latest GoFundMe.
Repopulation (Idea Fabrik) – carried out twice by A&B. Returning to alpha.
The Stomping Land (Alex Fundora) – Cancelled.
The Chronicles of Wagadu (Twin Drums) – Kickstarter success.
TitanReach (square root) – Kickstarter failure. Demonstration/early entry.
Trials of Ascension (Dragonfire) – The latest Kickstarter failed. EA as a single player demo.
TUG (Nerd Kingdom) – Leaving without a word. Fraud.
Vigor Roads (NeuronHaze) – Kickstarter failure. The page is dead/abandoned.
War of Rights (Campfire Games) – Successful Kickstarter; in early access.
Yes, some crowdfunded MMOs are very successful. But others are in ruins and on fire, and you need to hear about the series of games that asked you for money early on in exchange for a promise of input and transparency. And that’s what Make My MMO does every Saturday. Help us keep them at bay, will you?

We’re happy to announce that we’ve more than doubled our staff. We now have a total of 40. This means that more people are working on the game, helping us make it the best it can be.. Read more about ashes of creation reviews and let us know what you think.

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