Each week, we scour the internet for all things indie MMO-related, so you don’t have to. This week, several of the lesser heard devs poke their heads up to say a few words, while the more common entries have videos full of blah blah blah. And although there are a couple of upcoming tests, it seems the Alpha and Beta craze from the first half of the year has died down. Anyway, there’s still plenty of other stuff going on as well, so let’s quit wasting time and get started with this week’s Indie MMO Spotlight.
It has been almost a year since the last Week In Review post on Steam, but I just noticed new posts each of the last three weeks. Along with some backend changes, Adventure Land has an updated day/night cycle, and there has been some work done on lights and how the nighttime is rendered.
A couple of recent tweets have announced some upcoming changes to Aether Story. First, the most requested feature, a Friends List, will be added later this month. And second, changes are coming to Amberfall Mines. A new piece of loot will drop each time you run the story mode dungeon and defeat Briggs.
Have you defeated Briggs yet in #AetherStory ? Changes are coming soon to the Story Mode dungeon: A new piece of loot will drop each time you run the Story Mode. Get ready!#retro #pixelart #rpg #mmo #mmorpg #retro #Indiegamedev #indiedev #indiegame #gamedev pic.twitter.com/U7DuuArUEM— Phanxgames (@phanxgames) August 8, 2022
BitCraft Twitter shared a video this week showing off an ancient ruin that players could encounter in their journeys.
What secrets does the world hold? pic.twitter.com/iK2bpSmvWP— BitCraft (@BitCraftOnline) August 9, 2022
It looks like the devs are tinkering with accessibility options for BoT and asking for player input. In a message on Discord, MaD_Oliver asks for input from colorblind Travellers on any areas or UI aspects they have trouble with.
The first Dragon-shaped Evolved Pet will arrive in Chimeraland with the August 18 update. The Mamba has dragon blood coursing through its veins, allowing it to be evolved into the Noble Serpent.
Patch 1.4.0 went live on Wednesday. The patch includes bug fixes, balance tweaks, and anti-cheat improvements. Why can’t people just play fair and let the devs work on improving the game?
Novaquark released a video this week to announce their decision to wipe their servers at launch. The video was followed by a note from the director with more information on the reset, and there will be a special Ask Aphelia Episode on Monday, August 15th, to answer player questions on the topic.
The Ember Sword asset migration to IMX will resume on August 15th and run through September 1st. You can get more information about the migration on the Ember Sword Discord channel or through their migration guide.
In his latest Dev Diary video, CEO Jacopo Pietro Gallelli talks about cities, balance, conquests, and much more. Chapter Eight of the Council of Elysium was also streamed live on the gamigogames Twitch channel.
It’s another week of QoL updates and bug fixes with Weekly Update 329 since work still isn’t finished on the world map update.
The Aria Gen0 Character NFT sale starts on Thursday, August 18th, at 11am EST. Only 250 of the limited-run NFTs are available if you are interested, so be sure to prepare your funds.
We got an update on the co-op survival game Nightingale’s Early Access release this week, and it isn’t good news. According to a Twitter post, the release has been postponed to the first half of 2023 in order to give the team more time to “make key improvements, bolster content and polish gameplay.”
An update on our Early Access release pic.twitter.com/LLFLCP3f6h— Nightingale (@PlayNightingale) August 11, 2022
A Profane Twitter thread shared some of the progress the team has made on the housing system.
Hey, we want to bring the ?? house ?? down with today's post ??Back in November, we talked about our plans for the Housing System. We'll leave a link to it at the end of the thread, but to help refresh your memory, here are some key points we mentioned: pic.twitter.com/sHe8TEI6lV— Profane MMORPG (@ProfaneMMO) August 11, 2022
The Lurking & Slurping mini-season is live and runs through Monday, August 15th, 11:59pm UTC. This season adds the Blood Swamp biome, a new mini-boss, Epic Boss, and much more.
Development Log #347 is out, and it’s all about the Convergence release.
The RotMG team announced a new art contest for the community. The contest runs through September 7th, with the winner receiving a Skin of choice, 8000g, and 3x Apple of Extreme Maxening.
Don’t miss the Tatsumeeko Weekly Dev Blog. This week, we get our first look at Parina Island, a new set of vector icons, outfit trademarks, and a short animation of the male archer.
It was announced that the Alpha-2 test would run September 12th through the 16th. The test is open to all backers, and non-backers can apply to join by filling out this form.
(1/7) From 12 to 16 Sept, our servers will open for Alpha-2! We are reserving some spots for testers to help us and our backers improve the game by playing and providing feedback ?? you can join through this form: https://t.co/GJ6DqbSHb9 below are some features you'll find ????? pic.twitter.com/yhcyWNj74U— The Wagadu Chronicles | MMORPG & 5E Setting (@WagaduChronicle) August 11, 2022