New MMORPG was buried in 2020 before the release – should now appear 2024

Chronicles of Elyria wanted to become a special MMORPG in which your character ages and then can die. But 2020 almost all employees were released and everything looked like the game died. But in a new developer update, the release of the game was announced for 2024.

What is that for a game? Chronicles of Elyria was a very ambitious sandbox MMORPG in which you should create your own dynasty:

The game world consisted of many, partly huge kingdoms
Your character should be able to prevail about such a kingdom
At some point, the aging process should lead to the fact that the character dies. You should then be able to play quasi your son or your daughter, the properties inherited from the previous character.
There should be many freedoms. Away from kingdoms, you should be able to live as a dealer, craftsman or adventurers
Role play was considered particularly important
Housing, crafting and PVP should also be included

How did the development? Chronicles of Elyria collected in 2016 via Kickstarter 1.14 million euros. The first content of Chronicles of Elyria showed in the videos even perfect.

But the development took a long time and reached a point where the fundamental systems were presented only in a very simple graphic. However, this graphic came across criticism and players complained about the return steps.

There was also criticism for many events that had to do real money, as well as an advent calendar with In game Items, which cost proud $95. All of these things existed before the MMORPG had only reached the alpha status.

In March 2020 there was the big setback. All employees of Soul bound Studios, the company behind Chronicles of Elyria, were dismissed, and the development should not be continued. Because despite the many crowdfunding actions and the innovative ideas, no big investor or publisher could be found.

Everything looked like the MMORPG was buried.

Walsh wanted to make a strategy game from the MMORPG, should now appear 2024

How did it continue? After the dismissals, many players demanded their money that they had invested in Chronicles of Elyria. They even threatened with a lawsuit. Then the boss of Soul bound Studios announced that he would continue to work on the game and finish it with the help of volunteers and unpaid helpers.

A little later, he announced that a new game appears before the release of Chronicles of Elyria: Kingdoms of Elyria.

This in turn will be a strategy game in which you build and manages a settlement. Walsh wanted to use the assets and previously programmed content from Chronicles of Elyria, because there was the construction of kingdom has always been an essential content.

Chronicles of Elyria The Return - 2024 Release Date Confirmed
What happens now with the MMORPG? In a new State of Elyria of January 1, 2022, it is said that it will continue to work on the MMORPG (via chroniclesofelyria).

Chronicles of Elyria should benefit from strategy game according to this post and then implemented promptly. The official plan of Walsh looks like this:

Kingdoms of Elyria (JOE) should already appear in a basic version in late summer 2022
For 2023, an extension and an online function are planned for the strategy game
In addition, Chronicles of Elyria (COE, the MMORPG) should celebrate its release at the end of 2024

However, it is unclear how many people are working on the game and how far the MMORPG was developed at all. The last gameplay from the year 2020 — when there were many employees — delighted very few viewers:

There is also a lot of criticism that rarely reported with updates by Walsh. The last blog entry before the New Year’s several language there was in June 2021, i.e. just under 7 months ago.

According to Walsh, this is because Alpha tests are currently running to Kingdoms of Elyria and the backers are kept up to date on newsletters and forum entries. With users who have paid for the game in advance, it should give more intensive exchange.

What do you say about Chronicles of Elyria? Would you give the MMORPG a chance again or has the whole process for the development rather quenched? Write it in the comments.

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