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Indie MMO Spotlight: An Extraction Shooter?

Mitch Gassner Posted:
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Each week, we scour the internet for all things indie MMO-related, so you don’t have to. This week, The Day Before disappoints, Christmas events start to pop up, and Palia is headed to the Switch. Plenty of other stuff is also going on, so let’s quit wasting time and get started with this week’s Indie MMO Spotlight.

Anvil Empires

Another reminder that the next Major Test will be held on December 15th at 1pm ET. If you are interested, mosey on by the Anvil Empires Steam page about 48 hours before that time; that’s when they usually open up for new tester submissions.


Winter is back in BitCraft. Well, on BitCraft Twitter at least. For something more substantial, CEO Tyler Cloutier paid a visit to the Default Global podcast this week to talk about BitCraft.

Book of Travels

If you want to get a sneak peek at the combat rework coming to Book of Travels, check out this post on the BoT’s Steam page. Or just log into the preview branch to try the combat out for yourself.

Broken Ranks

Patch 6.33 is coming on December 12th, and it’s bringing the next phase of the gear rework project. With most of the changes to legendary gear complete, the studio turns its attention to Gear Sets and more instance difficulty levels.

Coreborn: Nations of the Ultracore

Coreborn’s newest update, The Bandits of Ambros, is now live. 

The Day Before

It actually happened. The Day Before actually launched into Early Access on December 7th. That doesn’t mean the controversy is over. Oh, no, it’s only getting worse (to check out what our very own Steven Weber had to say about it). To everyone’s surprise, The Day Before isn’t the newest, bestest zombie survival MMO everyone thought it was. Instead, we get another bug-riddled (that really wasn’t a surprise, was it?) extraction shooter. WTF?


Elethor’s Christmas event will run from December 15th to January 1st. Every 50 combat actions will get you a shiny new Christmas filled with goodies and Christmas Joy. You can then spend your Christmas Joy in the Christmas Shop for even more goodies!


Just in time for the holidays, the Wardens and Collies started new wars on the Able and Charlie shards this week. The battles are still in their infancy, so it’s a perfect time to jump in and do your part soldier!

Fractured Online

A new balance patch (b.1.0g) was pushed to the servers on Wednesday. Judging by the defensive nature of Jacopo’s Discord post on the topic and then his apology post the following day (they are funnier if you read them in South Park’s Saddam Hussein voice), the update wasn’t well received. Patch b.1.0h went live on Friday, reverting some of the changes made earlier in the week.


On Monday, Genfanad announced that there would be an Open Beta Weekend starting on December 15th. 


Check out a few seconds of gameplay in a recent tweet by PlayHavenhold. The sound of chopping down the tree is very satisfying.


Steam VR Fest is live and Ilysia is currently 30% off. You’ll have to hurry, though. The discount ends today, December 11th.

Mad World

A large patch will be deployed on December 14th. The patch includes a World Tier update along with other bug fixes and improvements.


Margonem’s Christmas Event started on December 6th. 

Monsters & Memories

Update 37: December Playtest was posted this week. Along with the usual monthly update stuff, the update included a new teaser trailer for this weekend’s play test. The test ended on Saturday, so hopefully you all got a chance to check it out.


Attention all Nintendo Switch fans: Palia will be coming to the Switch on December 14th! Palia will still be free to play on the Switch, and a Nintendo Switch Online subscription will not be required to play. Palia will also offer crossplay between PC and Switch, so there’s no need to start all over again.


A new Pre-Alpha gameplay trailer dropped this week.

Project F4E

There will be a stability test on December 13th from 10am - noon ET. If you wish to join in, you can fill out this form.

Prosperous Universe

Be sure to check out Development Blog #413.


Ravendawn’s final Open Beta will begin on Thursday, December 14th. Along with their usual Twitch Drops, all participants will receive 5 RavenPacks and an exclusive Christmas Reindeer Companion.

Super Spatial

Update 0.24.0 is now live.

Villagers & Heroes

The 12 Days of Christmas event has begun! There’s a new contest with new prizes every two days, so jump in before they are all gone.

The Wagadu Chronicles

In case you missed it (I did), The Wagadu Chronicles entered Steam Early Access on Monday, December 4th. There is a 20% discount that runs through Monday, December 12th.

Wild Terra 2: New Lands

Patch 2.2.357 is live, and Wild Terra 2’s Christmas Event is underway. Portals to the Krampus 


Mitch Gassner

Part-time game reviewer, full-time gaming geek. Introduced to Pac-Man and Asteroids at a Shakey's Pizza in the '70s and hooked on games ever since.