Each week we scour the web for all things indie MMO related so you don’t have to. This week I’ve been working really hard to find all the good news I could find, but I won’t apologize if some bad news found its way as well. Honestly, indie developers need all the attention they can get, and I hope you all find the IMS to be a portal to the indie MMOs you love (or will love). Anyway, let’s stop wasting time and get started with this week’s indie MMO spotlight.
aether history now has a new launcher for macOS. The new launcher adds additional features to the Mac version of the game, including Vsync, shortcuts on the D and E keys no longer open the Dictionary and Emoji menus, the download is now signed for easier installation, and removing the need of emulation results increases performance. The new launcher works on both Intel and Apple M1 chips. You can find the launcher on the aether history website (link above).
Clockwork Labs has posted small vignettes showing various aspects of BitCraft for weeks. This week they began researching the lore of BitCraft with a new series – Old Magazines.
chimera land had a server maintenance on Thursday. the Update fixed several bugs and added new content This included the new Holy Crow Treasure Hunt event. Running through April 20th, The Holy Crow gives travelers the opportunity to collect multiple appearance items and chat emotes.
Servers 109 and 118 also test Trade face to face, giving players the ability to trade items without needing the auction house. In an apparent attempt to curb illegal activity, you must be level 35 to give items to other players (any player can receive items), and Legendary, Ultimate, and Epic items are still untradeable and must be sold in the AH.
It’s been a few months since we got a glimpse of those Cinderstone Online Roadmap so I was pretty excited to see there’s a developer update coming Discord Channel this week. Unfortunately it was just a contact message to let us know that the team is still working full time to prepare for a closed beta release.
Along with a new patch (Closed Beta 2 Patch 2.1) Yager announced this week that the test will be extended until April 19.
Novaquark announced that players will be able to get a first look at the upcoming Athena update when it goes live on the Public Test Server from Thursday, March 31st to April 4th looking for feedback among other things about the new space warfare system. The PTS will also be the location of the “A Fool’s Defense event on April 1st, where players compete against the development team as they attempt to crash the Novaquark space station.
It’s almost time for Ember Sword First Technical pre-alpha test. From April 4th to 8th, landowners and badge holders can board Ember Sword for a limited look at how things are progressing.
In addition to its regular weekly play sessions, the Farwoods Team is trying to organize a large scale battle event for next week. Proceed to Farwoods forums if you are interested in joining the fight.
In a new one Feature Spotlightwe get our first look at those new continent Aerhen. The new continent adds 40 square kilometers of mountains, steppes and tundra for players to explore. And don’t worry, the new landscape also brings new monsters like Elementals and Jotunns.
For those of you who are thinking broken online will be more than just a game, now you have a chance to be more than just a player. Dynamight Studios is currently looking for volunteer moderators and gamemasters. You can check those Job descriptions and requirements here.
As the team prepares for next week’s guild update, Weekly update 312 referenced QoL improvements and bug fixes.
On Thursday, Team 21 Studios announced that Closed Alpha 2 will launch and run through April 8th. All Kickstarter backers and other keyholders will have access. And in case you don’t have access but still want to see some gameplay, Twitch streamer ZstormGames has played Ilysia over the weekend, and has Videos of his broadcasts if you couldn’t see him play live.
We don’t have an exact date yet, but that Crazy world Alpha 6.0 will take place in May. After finally getting the chance to play during Alpha 5.0, Crazy world has become one of my most anticipated indie MMO releases, so be sure to sign up for Alpha 6.0 to see what makes me excited.
Prior to the April 5th update, Alternum Games published a blog to give players a preview of that upcoming apartment update.
You know the exercise by now. in the Development Log #327Michi has been fixing things, Martin is continuing his preparation for the Steam release and Nick is spending some time working with influencers.
the Raven Twilight -Team posted a video on YouTube to share the work they did on a joint player request – character and monster attack animations.
Unlike most weeks that RotMG Blog was eerily quiet. Instead, we were treated to a trailer for the Elemental Equinox 2022 event!
Talk about all things Pew-Pew when Beast Burst Entertainment covers it Ranger in this week’s class discussion.
At latest Ship of Heroes Newsletterthe team talks about The Plasma Cannon Defense, a challenge mission currently in development.
Get ready to overhaul your ship designs when the new feature – Heat Mechanics – arrives starbase. You can see all the details in the video below.
If you missed this week’s Dev Livestream, you can Watch a replay on the V&H Twitch channel. Some of the themes were a little taste of Raids Season 4: Netherworld and Interior Housing.
In your March updateTriune Studios goes into detail about the Cloromancer class, including the Mycomancer and Dendromancer specializations.
With update 2.1.304, Wild Terra 2 has been upgraded to a newer version of the Unity engine. For full update notes, see the WT2 Steam page.
The Beyond Realities team met Andy Tsen, CEO of Ramen VR at GDC 2022 Upload VR itemthey talk about everything zenithincluding a preview of future content including Dungeons and Raids.
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