For many long-time MMORPG players, Dark Age of Camelot is one of the best PvP MMORPGs of all time. That's why there was such joy when Marc Jacobs, the mastermind behind the game, announced in 2013 that he would be building a successor. But where will Camelot Unchained be in 2024?
What kind of project is this?
Vaguely good news and a new beta for 2024
Here's what the developers are saying now: In early 2024, Camelot Unchained still has a lot to offer, but the mood within the team and around the game seems to be much better than it was a few years ago.
There are some warm words for Christmas:
“Game development is a journey full of twists and turns, and if you join us on this wild ride, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We wouldn't have it any other way.”
Studio CSE received a major financial boost a year ago at the end of 2022 and now the team says 2023 has been a year full of “exciting developments.” We look forward to finally sharing it with players.
In January 2024, a new version of “Beta 1 Backer” will be released and a completely new UI will be introduced here (via com. camelotunchaiend).
This interface is also said to represent a strong foundation for 2024.
Marc Jacobs also personally announced “good news” for 2024, but did not reveal exactly what it would look like.
The battle with the ravages of time
Here's what lies behind it: Overall, “Camelot Unchained” is a real-life example of a “crowdfunded MMORPG.”
Jacobs and his team have undertaken a very ambitious project. They develop their own systems, their own engine, and have to face a variety of difficulties. Including how to find new developers who want to move off the beaten track to the provinces, and how to continue to find new money.
After 11 years of development, Camelot Unchained has the problem that everything that felt “new and cool” when it was introduced now feels dated.
I mean, we reported on the first MeinMMO beta six years ago – and it feels like it took place in a different world. Were there cars back then or did people still ride horses or dinosaurs to work?
While we didn't hear anything particularly negative about Camelot Unchained last year, we've heard almost nothing from the studio in a year: after the funding round, there was probably a lot of work to do internally.
Let's see if the announced news and updates will attract more attention to the MMORPG again in 2024.
In the worst case, Camelot Unchained could end up like Crowfall – lots of hope, long development, with many delays and by the time it's released, the game seems so outdated that hardly anyone gets excited about it and it literally fails.
This would be a shame for the entire MMORPG genre, but with each passing year this scenario seems to become more likely. If you want to know more about what developers do, we have reported on it in this article. New PC MMORPG raises $15 million, promises medieval battles with 1,800 players
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