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Indie MMO Spotlight:  Fractured But Whole

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, Fractured Online has opened data migration, Corepunk is filled with bots, but in a good way, and Emily is still struggling with her time in Ethyrial: Echoes of Woe (yes, I changed that on purpose). 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

Pre-Alpha Test #4 will begin on Tuesday, May 30th. The 48-hour-long test will be focused on Settlement building. There will be a Devblog posted on Monday to showcase the features of Test #4.


BitCraft posted a concept diorama of a waterfall to their Twitter account this week. Although the the video is not of actual gameplay footage, at least we are getting more than screenshots on their weekly posts now.

Book of Travels

After a stretch of silence from the Book of Travels team, two dev posts were made this week. The first encompasses the Legacy, the Present, and the Future, while the second is the change list from Update 0.34.5, which went live this week.

Broken Ranks

Patch 6.28 went live this week, and the patch notes can be found here.

Cinderstone Online

Cinderstone will be launching into Early Access on Steam on May 29th. Currently $24.99 on the Cinderstone website, the price of the game will increase to $29.99 when it launches into EA. Grab it now to get the lower price.


Corepunk developer Artificial Core posted their May news update this week. While continuing to optimize the code in preparation for a Beta Test in the future, the team has been using bots to simulate real player interaction with the game. The update also shows off some itemization, talks about camps, and showcases a few of the monsters they have been working on.

Dual Universe

There’s some good news for all you joystick warriors out there: gamepad and joystick support are being added to Dual Universe in Update 1.4

Embers Adrift

There will be a free play weekend running from Friday, June 2nd, through Sunday, June 4th. Several in-game events are planned, including a welcoming party on Friday, a duel tournament and monolith tour on Saturday, and a trade fair and marauder invasion on Sunday.

Ethyrial: Echoes of Yore

Emily checked in with MMORPG to give us an update on her time with Ethyrial. Her first review in progress wasn’t very positive, and unfortunately, her time since launch hasn’t been any better. Two more patches were pushed out this week to resolve many of the launch issues that have been frustrating players. The team has also been working on onboarding videos to acclimate new employees to the team’s processes and tools to get them up to speed as quickly as possible. 


Able War 104 started on Wednesday. Now is the perfect time to check out the starting conditions and join up with your favorite faction.

Fractured Online

You can now able to migrate your characters from Glyph to the new Fractured servers. Migration is necessary if you purchased the game through Steam or Glyph. If you have never played the game on Glyph, there is no need to migrate; just log in on the website like you did in the old days. 

Gloria Victis

Update 361 is out and includes guild banners, destructible buildings, and more WIP insights.

Mad World

Mad World received another update on Thursday. Included in the update are two new dungeons, two new PvE areas, an update to Arena battles, and new high-level crafting.

Mirage Online Classic

To celebrate the end of the school year, Mirage Online Classic will have a +50% NPC experience bonus through June 4th.


An Estate overview was posted on Instagram to give players an introduction to Nightingale’s version of player housing. A follow-up YouTube Shorts can be seen below.


OrbusVR announced that their lead programmer will be leaving the team at the end of the month. After the departure, the team will consist of part-time contributors primarily focused on maintenance and customer support, with current sales and player volume not warranting or supporting a full-time staff.

Project F4E

A new playtest will be held on June 10th. The five-hour test will run from 4am to 9am EDT. If you want to participate and don’t have a Steam key yet, you can grab one from Gleam.io.

Prosperous Universe

In Development Log #387, Michi talks about finalizing the Leaderboards.

Realm of the Mad God

Season 6 has arrived with the release of Update this week. Info on the Battle Pass, missions, and new items can be found in the update notes.


Season #5 will begin on June 1st. The new season will introduce a new unique element, Thorium. You can read all about Thorium and its impact on gameplay in the release announcement.

Slay Together

A new ranking system has been added to Slay Together in its most recent patch. The new leaderboard will reset each month, allowing for new and old players to fight for the top rankings.


Starbase received a new update this week. Update 23.05.2023 (build 922) was mainly focused on updating the game engine, but the update also added 5-tube rocket launchers to the Ship Designer.


Catch up on everything happening in the Tatsumeeko universe by reading the Weekly Dev Update.

Zenith: The Last City

Zenith received its second patch since the release of Update 1.3. The patch notes a quite lengthy and can be found at the bottom of the update 1.3 release notes.


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.