Each week, we scour the internet for all things indie MMO-related, so you don’t have to. This week, The Day Before gets delisted from Steam, Gloria Victis announced a release date, and several MMOs celebrate their anniversary. 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.
At least after BitCraft’s latest Twitter vignette, we know that the MMO isn’t going to be a gotta catch ‘em all kinda game.
Run! pic.twitter.com/jDl0yj0kRu— BitCraft (@BitCraftOnline) January 24, 2023
Book of Travels
We saw a new BoT update land on Friday. The update notes have a bunch of fixes and minor changes, but nothing super exciting.
Along with a new anniversary trailer, Whitemoon gave us a glimpse of what’s to come for Broken Ranks in a new post this week. The team focused on implementing the maps and bosses from The Pride of Taern in 2022, and with that completed, they are moving on to new content. At the top of the list are a new instance for high-level players, epics 2.0, and gear reform.
In Codevision’s latest blog post, the team explains the delay of Chapters 2 and 3 is due to the need to develop a new quest creation system. While the post explains away the delay and ends with a reminder that Founder Packs are still on sale, the team still didn’t give players a release date for the missing chapters.
The Cycle: Frontier
It looks like The Cycle: Frontier will be getting its own version of Tarkov’s Scav runs in Season 3. In the free loadout runs, players will be provided some random basic gear from one of the three factions. If you make it out alive, you get to keep the gear and anything else you find. The runs will be on a cooldown timer, so you’ll still have to risk some of your own gear on most of your adventures on Fortuna III.
Players can pick up the free Fortuna Survivor DLC pack on Steam and Epic Games Store. Available through February 7th, the pack includes a couple of cosmetic items and 250 Aurum.
The Day Before
Oh boy, what a week for The Day Before. Just a couple of weeks after the new trailer reveal during CES, The Day Before has been delisted from Steam due to a trademark claim. It was also initially stated that the release would again be delayed due to the trademark issues, this time to November 10, 2023. This was followed by an interview with IGN where the devs state the delay was already planned before the trademark dispute, even though the March 1st release was just re-confirmed in the gameplay trailer a couple of weeks ago.
After another stellar week of development, DreamWorld’s weekly patch brings some lighting improvements, improved detection of mouse events, and the ability to press ESC to exit benches.
Founder and CEO Mark Laursen made a new blog post to detail the team’s vision for the future of Ember Sword. After a short summary of Bright Star Studio’s past, Mark covers not only Ember Sword’s future but also discusses why Project SERIUS, the engine powering Ember Sword, could be a game changer for all web-based development.
Just ahead of its free weekend event, Embers Adrift received a new patch. The patch added new hair visuals and revamped the defense system.
Ethyrial: Echoes of Yore
A Q&A video was posted this week. In the video, Amar Duranovic, Game Director of Ethirial: Echoes of Yore, covers many of the questions asked by the Ethyrial Discord community.
After spending years in early access, Gloria Victis finally has a release date! With Weekly Update 349 bringing one of the last big changes before 1.0 - Guild Activity rewards if you were wondering - Black Eye Games has announced that version 1.0 will release on February 7th. A new release trailer featuring members of the community should be coming soon.
For anyone interested in the guild system that will be available in the upcoming Profane Alpha Test, a new tweet explains how the Altar will be a centerpiece of any guild territory.
Hello, community!We are working to get more of our Guild System up and running for Alpha, and the Altar is part of that.It's been a while since we last talked about this important feature of territory domination in Profane, so here are some important info we shared before: pic.twitter.com/CpucmylUvn— Profane MMORPG (@ProfaneMMO) January 27, 2023
In Development Log #370, Michi covers the work being done to curb some of the space pirating that is going on in the game.
Realm of the Mad God
RotMG received a new launcher this week. The Into Shards and Pieces event is back and runs through February 7th, and there is also a new Q&A video starring Community Manager Acalos.
Scars of Honor
Episode 2 in the Ask Beast Burst video series was posted this week. Important questions like why the team chose to use Unity instead of UE4 or 5 and whether cash shop cosmetics will be earnable in-game are answered.
If you missed the Starbase 2v2 tournament held last weekend, you can watch the action from Day 1 and Day 2 on the Starbase Twitch channel.
The Weekly Dev Blog covers work being done on a new inventory system and artwork for The Slums and Meteor Site.
Zenith: The Last City
RamenVR has announced there will be a new minor patch before Zenith: The Last City launches on PlayStation VR2 in February. The patch will contain bug fixes, improved moderation, and new pets.