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Indie MMO Spotlight: Another One Bites The Dust

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, Cinderstone Online (image above) shut down its servers, The Day Before takes another step into the land of the bizarre, and Ilysia entices you with improved graphics on the Quest 3. The topic of indie MMO development also came up in the first part of Philip Harker’s series about making an MMO. 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

Anvil Empires held another Minor Test this week. The three-day test focused on city building and gave players a chance to experiment with new implementations. The next Minor Test will be held on November 29th, followed by a major Test on December 15th. If you are interested in joining these test sessions, Pre-Alpha invites on Steam are usually open for 48 hours before the test begins.


BitCraft tweeted out a new model update for one of its crafting tables.

Cinderstone Online

And just like that, Cinderstone Online is no more. A short note on Discord announced that the servers were being shut down due to costs exceeding earnings. The announcement did add that the team would be working on a free-to-play version of Cinderstone Online

The Day Before

In a post-apocalyptic world packed with sports cars, saunas, and plenty of trailers filled with allegations of copycatting, don’t ever think that you’ve experienced all of the crazy that The Day Before has to offer. A new tweet this week announced a collaboration with ride-hailing service inDrive. Just make sure your driver isn’t a zombie before you jump in the back seat. No, you can’t make stuff like this up.

Eternal Tombs

Eternal Tombs was the subject of this week's r/MMORPG Developer Spotlight. The discussion covers everything from ET’s business model to end-game content, so be sure to check it out.

Ethyrial: Echoes of Yore

This week's hotfix added a new quest to Ethyrial, The Seige of Dolenar. Filled with level 35-37 elites, Dolenar Castle isn’t for the faint of heart and will require a group of adventurers to complete.

Fractured Online

Patch B.1.0D was deployed this week, bringing fixes for multiple exploits, general bug fixes, and a much-needed balance pass for armor and spells.


Even though we’ve been getting weekly updates about the upcoming TCG update, many fans of Genfanad still have questions. So this week’s Weekly Update takes a deeper look at the cards that are being added to Genfanad.


Ilysia has a new Early Access Trailer. And if you’re Interested in a Quest 3 but aren’t sure how much it will affect the graphics in Ilysia, The team posted a new comparison video this week to highlight the improvements you’ll see as compared to a Quest 2.

Into the Echo

A new dev blog explores crafting, gathering, and exploration in Into the Echo.


Loftia posted its first official devlog this week. The post is full of information about salvaging, cooking, NPCs, and much more.

Mirage Online Classic

Have you been playing MOC this year? If so, the developer is looking for some feedback on the state of the game.


A new patch will be hitting the servers on Tuesday, November 21st.

Past Fate

Patch Went live this week. A new area, Gluskir Swamps, has been added to the world along with a few fixes and improvements.

Project F4E

Project F4E’s next playtest will take place on Saturday, November 25th.

Prosperous Universe

Find out what happened this week in Prosperous Universe’s Development Log #410.


I have always loved how developers make an announcement that they plan to make an announcement. In that vein, Ravendawn announced that the official release date will be announced on December 2nd.

Villagers & Heroes

It looks like you’ll have all of Thanksgiving weekend before the next Villagers & Heroes patch removes the Haunted Moors. The patch is set to go live on Monday, November 27th.


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.