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MMORPG | Setting:Fantasy | Status:Development  (est.rel 2015)  | Pub:Citadel Studios
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Shards Online News

Latest Headlines for Shards Online

  • 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
  • May Update Brings Great News about Dungeons, Alpha, and More

    Project Lead Derek Brinkmann has sent out May's backer update, this time focusing on the new Celador map, the Catacombs dungeon, and even player run servers. It looks like things are moving along pretty darn well for the indie MMO, so take a look at Derek's update below.

    Reported on Jun 01, 2015
  • Celador Shard to Debut on May 9th

    The latest Shards Online newsletter has arrived with some very welcome news for fans: The Celador Shard will be ready for players on May 9th! The team has put in extra hours to get Celador ready for players and that hard work has paid off.

    Reported on Apr 22, 2015
  • Devs Ask Testers to Break Our Shard!

    The latest Shards Online newsletter has been published. In it, the team asks all current testers to check the dashboard to find out more about the "break our shard" event. The dev team is looking to cram as many players as possible onto a single shard to stress test the system.

    Reported on Mar 25, 2015
  • Spring Event Calendar Published

    The Shards Online page has been updated with a new calendar that lays out a couple months of events for players and fans to check out. Among the events are developer round-table discussions and several play tests.

    Reported on Mar 11, 2015
  • Random Events and the Shape of Many Worlds

    Since their successful Kickstarter last year, Citadel Studios' Shards Online has largely gone dark in terms of PR and outreach. Contrary to other KS games with multi-million dollar budgets, they've been focused more on making the game that adding pledges, because their staff and budget dictate as much. I caught up with Citadel's Derek Brinkman to chat about the state of Shards and their plans for Alpha and Beta this year.

    Reported on Feb 22, 2015
  • Community Round Tables to Resume

    The Shards Online team has been busy working away to get the game up to snuff and ready for alpha testing. Part of the process involves keeping the community involved. The team has announced that the round table discussions will resume on February 7th.

    Reported on Jan 27, 2015
  • Last Minute Goodies as Funding Campaign Wraps Up

    The Shards Online team has some important information to share with fans and backers as the funding campaign draws to a close. Interested parties can view a live stream hosted by the Shards team, and much more.

    Reported on Dec 12, 2014
  • Housing Shown in New Video

    With three days left in the Shards Online KickStarter campaign, the team has put together a short video to show off housing. Check it out and let us know what you think.

    Reported on Dec 10, 2014
  • Crafting Explored in New Video Diary

    The Shards Online team has taken to the airwaves and released a new video developer diary. This time, Lead Systems Designer Logrus gives fans a first look at the crafting system and how it will work in the game. Check it out!

    Reported on Dec 01, 2014
  • It’s A Reality

    When we were introduced to Citadel Studios' Shards Online, it immediately made us think of Ultima Online's heyday, which should come as no surprise as Citadel Studios is comprised of designers from UO and DAOC. Following the recent quick success of their Kickstarter campaign (which still has about 20 days left to go), we caught up with Derek Brinkmann to talk about the game and what the team's been up to since the announcement in March.

    Reported on Nov 23, 2014
  • First Alpha Map Revealed

    The Shards Online team has a new video out that proudly shows off the game's first alpha map called "Celador". Check it out!

    Reported on Nov 24, 2014
  • KickStarter Goal Met

    With over three weeks still to go, the Shards Online team has announced that its KickStarter funding goal of $50,000 has been met. With the initial goal met, the team can add stretch goals and get some new features added into the ongoing alpha, most notably fishing.

    Reported on Nov 19, 2014
  • New KickStarter Initiative Begins

    The Shards Online team has sent word that the new KickStarter crowdsourcing initiative has started. Interested backers can find out more by visiting the Shards Online KickStarter page.

    Reported on Nov 12, 2014
  • KickStarter Project Teased

    The Shards Online Facebook page has been updated with a short, but interesting video that teases a forthcoming KickStarter project. We don't have a date yet but will keep you posted!

    Reported on Nov 08, 2014
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