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*Casts REVIVE on 2015* - 5 Big Kickstarter MMOs to Keep an Eye On

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2) Camelot Unchained

Camelot Unchained is another big and ambitious game with a lot of baggage. It comes from Mark Jacobs, the mastermind behind the late, great, Dark Age of Camelot. While it’s not a direct sequel by any means, many fans consider it to be the long-awaited spiritual successor the game that redefined PvP in MMORPGs. Camelot Unchained was successfully funded on Kickstarter back in May of 2013 at over $2 Million and has some major talent behind it, meaning we could have the next great game on our hands sometime soon.

The game just recently entered Pre-Alpha testing a few months ago, so it’s still a long ways away from being publically available. The game is intended to have a major focus on large-scale Realm vs. Realm combat – just like DAoC. Since Camelot Unchained takes place in a “post-apocalyptic” world of sorts, there is a heavy focus on player-driven aspects and rebuilding the world around you. If it all comes together, it could set a new standard for large scale PvP combat in MMOs.

1) Star Citizen

Everyone knows about this game. If you’ve been on the internet in the last couple of years, especially any gaming site, then you’ve seen the coverage of Chris Roberts’ upcoming space epic – Star Citizen. The game may have only raised about $2 Million during its run on Kickstarter back in late 2012, but it has continued to raise boatloads of cash privately, reaching over $70 Million total in funding.

That’s a lot of cash. And with a lot of cash, comes a lot of hype. Rather than trying to create the most ambitious and huge game the genre has ever seen all at once, the development team has split the game up into several smaller and more manageable “module” releases. This lets players try out different aspects of the game as they become available, and then the team can piece them together as the technology allows it. It’s been an effective way of organic marketing with big new module releases increasing the hype even further, but it’s still a mystery of whether or not this game will actually live up to the astronomically high expectations.

Conclusion

Kickstarter may not be that new anymore, but its still a strange and foreign land of funding game development. It’s great in theory for MMOs, because it builds up an audience of passionate fans before the game is even developed, but it also has so many risks that gamers can easily get burned or turned off due to a few hiccups or delays.

Let us know what you think about the various different Kickstarter MMOs you’ve followed over the past few years!

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David Jagneaux / David is a freelance writer and full-time nerd. He loves to play, write about, talk about and think about all things gaming. It's dangerous to go alone, so follow him on Twitter at @David_Jagneaux