Each week, we scour the internet for all things indie MMO-related so you don’t have to. This week, developers have been doing some spring cleaning, leaving us with a bunch of updates and patches full of bug fixes and fresh new content. And along with a new addition to the IMS, we also found a couple of MMOs headed to mobile. But let’s quit wasting time and get started with this week’s Indie MMO Spotlight.
The Easter Holiday event started this week. Along with a solo egg hunt, players can try out a new dungeon which, judging by the short clip Phanxgames tweeted out, has a big bunny as the final boss.
The Easter Holiday is going live in #AetherStory now!Join us over on the live dev stream now!https://t.co/G4gkpdmOVaA new dungeon is being released with a new boss fight! Plus the solo egg hunt begins!#gamedev #indiegamedev #indiegame #indiedev #mmorpg #rpg #jrpg #pixelart pic.twitter.com/U4rTyvsK0t
— Phanxgames (@phanxgames) April 4, 2022
For those of you who have been enjoying the Ancient Journals series, Clockwork Studios released part 3 this week. While the previous entries had a religious sort of theme, this latest entry tells the tale of some poor sod who let a stranger into his home. I’m still not sure how all of these journals tie into the actual game, but I can’t wait to find out.
Book of Travels
A new patch was released on April 5 for Book of Travels. As promised, the update contains a hefty dose of bug fixes as the team works to clean up the current release before moving ahead with any new content. You can read the full patch notes on the BoT Steam page. And just how long does the team expect to be working on bugs? According to a new community update, for the next three months, they will be working on large scope tech issues, and then hopefully they will be able to start working on more content.
The Cycle: Frontier
The Cycle closed beta had another patch this week. It really is nice to see a developer use a beta test to make adjustments and fix bugs instead of just trying to get presales.
TIL that FTUE is an acronym for First Time User Experience. Where did I learn that you ask? In the latest DU devblog, of course.
If you’ve been reading about Ember Sword’s technical test and wondering what it’s all about, be sure to check out Steven Weber’s recent article on the topic. Along with a brief overview of Ember Sword, Steven reached out to Bright Star Studios with some additional questions and shares their answers.
Ethyrial: Echoes of Yore
Thanks to MMORPG forum member Talemire, we have a new addition to the Indie MMO Spotlight. According to its Steam page, Ethyrial: Echoes of Yore “is inspired by the old-school MMORPG, set on the lands of Irunmesa, uncover secrets, explore new lands, fight fearful monsters, build your home and craft your own equipment.” There isn’t a release date yet, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated on all Ethyrial news.
If you missed the livestream of the Council of Elysium you can watch a replay on the gamigogames Twitch channel. The Closed Beta also started this week and is now running 24/7, minus any downtime for patches. If you aren’t already in the Beta and want to be, you can get access by purchasing a Founder’s Pack.
Weekly Update 314 is full of updates for the recently reworked Guild system as well as other general fixes and UI enhancements. The team also tweeted out that GV has passed the Steam Deck compatibility test, so now you can get your GV fix while you are out and about.
Upload VR posted a new video interview with Arthur Fogle, Creative Director for Ilysia, where they cover everything from pre-alpha and alpha 1 and 2, and what the future will look like as they start to prepare for the beta phase.
Legends of Aria
Legends of Aria has a new website. The new site heralds that, “Legends of Aria brings you back to what makes an MMORPG truly exciting. You make the rules. Build a fortune and cash out or lose it all. Anything goes.” The single-page site continues on to highlight the in-game features and handcrafted world before covering the play 2 earn aspects, the Aria Token utility, and a 2022 roadmap.
Jandisoft revealed the updated details of the Final Alpha (6.0) content and system updates. The list includes several technical updates as well as new dungeons and bosses. They also showed off a short clip of the mobile version’s gameplay.
Mist Legacy had a new update this week to add a few changes that weren’t ready in time for last week’s Mastery update.
A new player tutorial and the revamped player housing are two of the major features of this week’s patch. Players can also take on a new questline from Barmaid Jasan, where she’ll have you solving a few problems in the Higsteppe Tavern.
Development Log #329 was short and sweet this week, with everyone busy prepping for the big Steam release.
In a new Devblog, the Ravendawn team shares some lore for Serafine, an ancient noble vampire that players will have to deal with during their adventures. Serafine can be found in Mooncrypt, and is the first creature in Ravendawn to have all of her attack cycles animated.
Scars of Honor
Beast Burst Entertainment continues its community class discussion this week with the Witch. Be sure to head over to their forums and join the discussion.
As we mentioned previously, Screeps: Arena has finally been released into Early Access on Steam. Normally $19.99, you can pick it up for %10 off ($17.99) until April 14.
A Township Tale
This week’s patch still doesn’t include the Quest Tower update, but it does implement a new keyboard layout and behavior to may typing in VR a little easier.
Villagers & Heroes
Patch 4.73.0 didn’t have any new content but it does fix a long list of bugs and other issues. You can read the full patch notes here.
The Wagadu Chronicles
Twin Drums posted a new Alpha Trailer this week, showing off some recent alpha footage including character creation, combat, crafting, and more.