New indie outfit Citadel Studios has launched a Kickstarter
for an ambitious MMORPG entitled Shards that hopes to put the player back into MMO's.
Developed by industry vets who have worked on Ultima Online, Warhammer Online, The Elder Scrolls and Dark Age of Camelot, Shards seeks to be the "first-ever player-run MMO." Citadel described it as an MMO that does away with such genre standard conventions as levels, classes and quest grinds. "We are returning to living virtual worlds where stories emerge naturally as players explore the worlds laid out before them," the developer stated on Shards' official site
"At launch, Shards Online will feature a wide variety of official rulesets, while players will additionally be able to create and share their own," Citadel explained. "Anything from a hardcore PvP experience to a shard in which players can only farm is possible. Gamers can run their own server, creating live content for mortal players as gods, or jump into other servers and take advantage of open-ended character development, customisable housing, tactical combat and more in living virtual worlds. Various maps will range from high fantasy and sci-fi, to the wild west, jungles, dinosaurs and beyond."
Check out the full Kickstarter page for more info, or find the pitch video below. Those who jump in early will be able to nab a digital copy of the game for $20 on PC - and possibly Mac and Linux - upon its estimated release.