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MMORPG | Setting:Fantasy | Status:Alpha  (est.rel 2016)  | Pub:Citadel Studios
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Shards Online News

Latest Headlines for Shards Online

  • Progression Through Doing Detailed in New Update

    Derek Brinkmann has updated the Shards Online site with a new look at how players will progress skills throughout the game. In essence, players will grow skill competencies through actually using them. At launch, there will be thirty available skills for players to choose from, some aligned with combat, others with more domestic chores such as mining or potion making.

    Reported on Apr 18, 2016
  • Pre-Alpha Backers Invited to Check Out v0.3.3

    Shards Online pre-alpha backers are being invited to helps test out the Catacombs and the latest build of the game. Players will be able to check out Catacombs levels 1-2 which includes level 2 "rearranging" itself every few hours to include different traps, monsters, and loot.

    Reported on Apr 01, 2016
  • Next Build Delayed One Week to March 31st

    The Shards Online site has been updated with a notice to testers that the 0.3.3 update will be delayed by one week to give the team more chances to get some more bug squashing done. The new client will be available for download on March 31st.

    Reported on Mar 22, 2016
  • March Newsletter Reveals Alpha Preview Event

    The latest Shards Online newsletter has been published that gives some nice information to fans and players of the game. First off, April will see an alpha preview event with players asked to submit feedback regarding the state of the game prior to Alpha Launch. In addition, players who take part in the pre-alpha will see some spiffy in-game rewards for their assistance.

    Reported on Mar 11, 2016
  • New Animations, Catacombs Content & More

    The latest Shards Online newsletter has been released that details the activities of a very busy game studio. Derek Brinkmann starts the discussion with a brief overview of what the team is working on followed by several interesting announcements including the $250,000 stretch goals.

    Reported on Feb 12, 2016
  • Derek Brinkmann on What's Coming Next

    Back in December, Citadel Online hosted a big party for backers of Shards Online with Pre-Alpha 3. We caught up to the always running Derek Brinkmann to find out more about PA3, what lessons the team took away from the event and what the future holds for Shards.

    Reported on Feb 03, 2016
  • First-Ever Tournament of Champions Highlights Reel Released

    The Shards Online community had the opportunity to take part in a Tournament of Champions event last week that resonated well with players. DusyMonkeyGaming took the stream footage and created a highlights reel that shows off some of the good times had by all. Check it out and leave us your thoughts in the comments!

    Reported on Jan 19, 2016
  • Player Run Merchants, a PvP Tournament & More Revealed

    The latest Shards Online newsletter has been released with some interesting tidbits of information including the first community PvP tournament to be held on January 16th at 12:00 pm Pacific / 3:00 pm Eastern. Players will be able to compete in 2v2 battles in the single-elimination tournament and be able to earn up to 100 loyalty points and 5000 coins each with lesser rewards for runners-up.

    Reported on Jan 04, 2016
  • Pre-Alpha 3 Launch Event & the Road Ahead

    Beginning on Saturday, December 12th, some big, big things will be happening with Shards Online during this weekend's Pre-Alpha 3 event. The NDA has been lifted temporarily through the weekend so that fans and potential backers can get a first-hand look at the upcoming sandbox title from Citadel Studios. We had the chance to speak with Derek Brinkmann about the Pre-Alpha 3 Event and what lies beyond.

    Reported on Dec 10, 2015
  • Pre-Alpha to Launch on December 3rd

    Citadel Studios has announced that the pre-alpha for Shards Online will kick off on December 3rd for $75 backers, December 10th for anyone backing the game at $40+. Servers will be up 24/7 for the duration of the pre-alpha event with no wipes.

    Reported on Nov 23, 2015
  • Getting into the Holiday Spirit

    Shards Online might "only" be in pre-alpha, but that's not enough to stop devs from bringing the Halloween spirit into the game this weekend. A special Halloween server has been set up for players to explore at a trio of times once each day from Friday, October 30th through Sunday, November 1st.

    Reported on Oct 29, 2015
  • Mark the Date - October 29th for a Special Halloween Event

    The Shards Online team is being cryptic about exactly what will be in store for players but all have been asked to check into the game on Thursday, October 29th at 5:00 pm Pacific / 8:00 pm Eastern for a special Halloween event. Mark the date!

    Reported on Oct 23, 2015
  • Player Housing Unique in the MMO Space

    Player housing in Shards Online is unique for many reasons. The biggest reason is because your house and the decorations/furniture/trophies you put inside it are more real than in other MMOs. Everything you find or create as you explore the worlds of Shards Online can be used to decorate your home, inside and out, to make it stand out. You will hire NPCs to work on your land as guards, merchants, or even an apprentices to your craft.

    Reported on Sep 14, 2015
  • Housing Revealed and September Update Published

    The Shards Online newsletter for September has been sent out with a great new video that gives fans a pre-alpha look at housing that will be included in the game. Additionally, Project Lead Derek "Supreem" Brinkmann talks about some of what the team has been up to in the past month.

    Reported on Sep 04, 2015
  • Special Backer Housing Playtest Scheduled for August 19th

    Shards Online backers should be aware that the scheduled August 15th playtest has been moved to Wednesday, August 19th and will include a new build including housing. The team is looking for feedback on the first pass of the housing system.

    Reported on Aug 13, 2015
  • It's a Revolution in MMOs - The Freedom to Create

    Shards Online is a game that in its understated way is going to change the way MMOs are developed by bringing the community to bear in a way that has never been done before. Citadel Studios is committed to creating something different and unique that places the powers of creation into the hands of the people who love MMOs so they can provide experiences to players who are oftentimes disappointed by the genre these days.

    Reported on Aug 03, 2015
  • Pre-Alpha 2 Deemed a Success

    The Shards Online newsletter has been published that gives a big shout out to participants in Pre-alpha 2, most especially to community run server admins. The event has led to the creation of a pair of round tables with developers to help provide support and to demonstrate how to run and mod a live server.

    Reported on Jul 28, 2015
  • Pre-Alpha 2 Launches

    Citadel Studios Project Lead Derek Brinkmann has announced that the pre-alpha 2 client for Shards Online has launched. Folks are asked to check their email for an invitation to download the server and the toolkit. During the pre-alpha 2 phase, alpha backers who contributed at the $200 mark will be able to mod and host their own servers. This is a milestone event with servers being hosted by non-Citadel personnel.

    Reported on Jul 14, 2015
  • Backer Community Playtest Opens Thursday

    Backers of Shards Online will have a chance to dive into the latest build when servers come up at 6:00 pm Eastern / 3:00 pm Pacific on Thursday, July 9th. Servers will remain open "until the end of the day Friday", though an exact time has not been revealed.

    Reported on Jul 08, 2015
  • Pre-Alpha Graveyard Hunt Scheduled

    The Shards Online team will be running a special pre-alpha event on Saturday, June 6th. Called the "Graveyard Hunt", and as can be surmised from the title, the event will take place in a cemetary. Check out the teaser trailer below to see where all the action will take place.

    Reported on Jun 05, 2015
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