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Indie MMO Spotlight: Beta Recaps, Cataclysms, And Termites In Space

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Each week, we scour the internet for all things indie MMO-related, so you don’t have to. This week, several MMOs shut down their beta servers in advance of their official release, Merfolk come to Chimeraland, and Prospectors have to deal with a Cataclysm. Book of Travel fans will be happy to hear that travel is getting a first-class upgrade, and Foxhole will be on fire when the 1.0 Inferno update goes live on Tuesday. There’s plenty of other stuff going on as well, so let’s quit wasting time and get started with this week’s Indie MMO Spotlight.

Adventure Land

Due to a new approach to logging changes, this week’s Adventure Land Week In Review post catches many of the small changes that would have slipped by unannounced. 

Book of Travels

Tech Blog 18 is available on the BoT Steam page, and a short video posted this week covers some updates to boat and train travel coming in the next update.


The update this week is full of changes and additions to Chimeraland. The new Food Station and Gourmet Station can now be unlocked in your Spirit Orb. Speaking of housing, the new blueprint system will allow players to easily relocate their houses with a single click. Players can also celebrate the addition of Merfolk tribe and the ability to transform themselves into Merfolk with the Merfolk Hymn treasure event that runs through September 27th. 

The Cycle: Frontier

With Season 2 starting on September 28th, Season 1 comes to an end with the aptly named Cataclysm event.

Dual Universe

After just over 2 years, the DU Beta servers were shut down on September 22nd. The servers will go back online when DU officially releases on September 27th. Novaquark also announced a new DU demo server. The demo server will give players a chance to see what Dual Universe has to offer at an accelerated pace. The demo server will see periodic resets so that it doesn’t become a substitute for purchasing a subscription to the game.


If you’re into concept art, you will definitely want to check out the latest Foxhole Devblog showing off all of the concept art for the Inferno update. And don’t forget, the 1.0 Inferno update goes live on Tuesday, September 28th.


The Genfanad Beta servers were shut down this week. The servers will reopen when the game officially launches on Steam Tuesday, September 27th.

Gloria Victis

Weekly Update 334 marks the beginning of a new Glory Season. The update also includes the usual quality-of-life updates and bug fixes.

Legends of Aria

The trading of $ARIA tokens was paused on Thursday in preparation for a rebranding. Once the rebranding is complete and the new token name is announced, anyone holding $ARIA will be able to exchange their current tokens at a 1:1 ratio. Trading will resume at the last pre-pause price of $.0136

Mad World

The first Closed Beta Test for Mad World is complete, and Jandisoft has released a CBT gameplay reel.


Inflexion Games now has an official TikTok channel.


Alpha 2 testing ended a few weeks ago. If you weren’t lucky enough to get a chance to play, Singularity 6 has a new blog post to give you a close look at Alpha 2.

Past Fate

The Past Fate server was taken offline on Friday. Originally expected to be down for the day, it was later announced that the server would be offline for the entire weekend.


In a tweet this week, INSANE introduced us to a craftable housing item: DUMMIES. The low-cost dummies will serve a dual purpose in your house. First, they will be just like other MMO test dummies that allow you to check up on your DPS output. They will also be used as armor stands to show off all of the armor sets you create.

Project F4E

The next Prologue Season, Friends & Wardens is set to kick off on November 3rd. If you don’t already have access, a Prologue Key can be obtained from the F4E website.

Prosperous Universe

Nick goes solo again in Development Log #353.


A new Devblog post gives a quick overview of the Spiritual archetype revamp.

Realm of the Mad God

With the Back to School Event in the rearview mirror, it’s time to head out to sea in the latest RotMG event. The Pirate Event will run through October 2nd, giving players a chance to slay Davy Jones and Pirate Captain Jon Bilgewater and collect some awesome booty!

Scars of Honor

It’s time for Dev Diaries Episode 5. In this week’s video entry, Game designer Emre talks all about the mounts in SoH.


Screeps Arena has been updated to version 0.1.14. Patch notes can be found on the Screeps: 

Arena Steam Page.

Star Sonata 2

A recent Dev Diary post covered the upcoming changes to Termite Sieges. Yes, apparently, that’s a thing you have to worry about in Star Sonata 2.


Be sure to check out the weekly Tatsumeeko Devblog. This week, Nikki covers a range of topics, including the upcoming Parcel Sale, Discord integration updates, and a ton of concept art.

The Wagadu Chronicles

Wagadu’s Alpha-2 is in its second week. If you aren’t one of the testers and want to see what the game is all about, you can check out this week’s podcast from YouTube channel 3 Black Halflings, where they spend a couple of hours in-game character creation, crafting, and combat.

Wurm Online

This week, part two of the Valrei International: What’s To Come was posted. The post goes in-depth into Holy Sites, temporary spawns that, once activated by a player, will provide special benefits to any nearby players who worship the god associated with the site.

Zenith: The Last City

Zenith was updated to patch 1.19 this week.


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.