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Shards Online News - New Animations, Catacombs Content & More

Posted by Suzie Ford on Feb 12, 2016  | Comments

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.

Clusters are coming along with the new release puts the underpinnings in place for connected clusters. In addition, the Catacombs dungeon is progressing well and will include a randomly generated environment for players to fight through. Animators are working on major improvements to character animations and a brand new trailer is in the works.

Brinkmann also revealed that Alpha 1 will be slipping to Spring 2016 with Early Access coming several months later. According to Brinkmann, this allows the team to work out issues before opening to a much broader player base.

Other news of interest:

  • At $250,000, wild horses will be added to the game that can be tamed and used for travel
  • New Pledge Rewards from $75-$300 that include exclusive access to maps and shards as well as items sold by NPCs in these locations that cannot be found anywhere else in the world
  • Latest version released
  • Community Server Interview - Palanai
  • Catacomb Dungeon Configurations
  • So You Thing You Can Mod contest moved to April

You can read the full Shards Online newsletter here.

Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom