Ashes of Creation Is the Most Funded MMORPG on Kickstarter

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After reaching the million dollar mark only 36 hours into its 30-day campaign, Ashes of Creation has closed out its crowdfunding campaign with over $3.2 million in funding. Over 19,000 backers contributed to indie team Intrepid Studios’ debut. It has become the most funded MMORPG on Kickstarter of all time.

“This is simply stunning. We cannot thank the fans of Ashes of Creation enough for their support. We promise we won’t let you down, and we’re absolutely thrilled to find so many like-minded gamers who want to see the MMORPG genre truly move forward.” – Steven Sharif, CEO and Creative Director of Intrepid Studios.

Every stretch goal on the Kickstarter page was unlocked, including new mounts, naval content, and a new secondary world underneath the surface called the Underrealm.

Ashes of Creation promises a player-driven, reactive MMORPG built by veterans of the genre. Features include PVP castle sieges, regional economy, and towns and cities that are built up by local players. It will use an old-school monthly subscription model. It’s planned for closed Alpha later this year, with Beta and possible release later next year.

The Kickstarter page mentions that Ashes of Creation has private backing. Three million sounds like a lot of money, but it’s a drop in the bucket for game development – particularly a massively ambitious MMORPG.

If you missed the Kickstarter campaign and are still interested in backing (and earning backer rewards), Intrepid Studios will keep crowdsourcing open throughout the month of June via their website.  However no more stretch goals will be announced at this point.

Ashes of Creation is tentatively schedule for Beta and release late next year.

Join The Elder Scrolls Online Free Play Week

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As part of their three-year anniversary event, The Elder Scrolls Online will open its digital doors this week. The Free Play Week begins tomorrow, April 11, at 10 am Eastern/7 am Pacific on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC and Mac (Steam). It ends April 18 at the same time.

When the Free Play Week begins, you’ll be able to download The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited. The Free Play Week includes the base game, but not any of the DLC areas. When creating an account, you’ll receive 500 crowns to spend in the in-game Crown Store. You can purchase XP boosts, unique outfits, and other items.

Any character progress and Crown purchases you make will carry over if you decide to purchase the game after the Free Play Week. Likewise if you have participated in previous Free Play events, your characters will still be preserved and ready to play (assuming you use the same account).

The three-year old MMORPG’s anniversary event also grants some additional goodies. A unique cake vendor will spawn in Vulkhel Guard, Daggerfall, or Davon’s Watch depending on your faction. Completing his quest will reward you with the new 2nd Annual Jubilee Cake. Anyone in your group can eat a slice of cake to enjoy a two-hour 100% XP boost. Additionally all daily and weekly quests completed during the event grants an Anniversary Gift Box. These boxes contain the usual crafting materials, but also at least one rare item. The three-year anniversary event also ends on April 18.

The Elder Scrolls Online originally released on April 4, 2014 as a spin-off MMORPG to the popular single-player RPG series. It began with a subscription model and was met with mixed reactions. A year later in 2015, it dropped the sub model and was re-branded as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited. Now it’s a one-time purchase, along with a real-money store for extra stuff and DLC that adds new areas and content.

The first major expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online is Morrowind, coming this June.

 

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[Video Games 101] Massively Multiplayer Online Games

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This post is part of a series that addresses the needs of the parent who “just doesn’t get video games.” I’m here to catch you up, Clueless Parent!

MMOs—or massively multiplayer online games—are games that millions of people play, all together, inside the virtual world of the game. They are a bit difficult to understand if you’ve never played one. They are also a source of anxiety for parents who worry their kids are talking to strangers or becoming too invested in the game world. The first step in alleviating some of that anxiety is getting the hang of what MMOs really are and why people play them. Read More