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Shards Online: A Customizable Sandbox MMORPG

A project in Washington, DC by Citadel Studios

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A collection of online worlds where the community has ultimate power; not just a PC game, but a platform for player generated content.
Backers: 1055
Average Pledge Per Backer: $70

Funded: $73,401 of $320,000
Dates: May 13th -> Jun 12th (30 days)
Project By: Citadel Studios
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Latest News

Shards Online returns to Kickstarter

November 13th - via:
Shards Online is back on Kickstarter, this time with a modest $50,000 goal and a promise to match donations dollar-for-dollar up to the final goal. The multiplayer sandbox made waves earlier this year thanks to its playable pre-alpha client and its unique multiverse built on player-run servers. (Read More)

Shards Online Releases Website with the Final 24 Hours Left on Kickstarter

June 12th - via:
Citadel Studios' Ultima Online inspired MMORPG Shards Online has attracted a lot of attention since it started crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. But as of press time when leaves less than 24 hours on Kickstarter, Shards Online still has an obvious gap to reach its funding goal. As the last ast-ditch effort to do wonders, Citadel Studios has launched a website for the game devoted to all things related to Shards Online. (Read More)

Campaign Wrap Up: Thank you for your support

June 11th - via:
The campaign is over. Now what? Bookmark our product page:  Make a forum account:  Join us for our Community Roundtable on Friday:  As our campaign comes to a... (Read More)

Shards Online opens website with 24 hours left on Kickstarter

June 11th - via:
As of this writing, Shards Online has 24 hours remaining on its Kickstarter program and has yet to break a quarter of its funding goal. Odds are that it's not going to hit that marker, although fans are encouraged to jump in and donate while the campaign is still running. But the team at Citadel Studios isn't giving up on the project and has launched a website for the game devoted to all things related to Shards Online. (Read More)

Preview Weekend Wrap up

June 9th - via:
First, we would like to thank for allowing us to take over their twitch channel for the entire weekend. The whole team got involved and we streamed over 18 hours of gameplay and interviews!  If you had a chance to participate in the... (Read More)

Shards Online Preview Weekend: Schedule of Events

June 6th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Shards Online Preview Weekend: Download and Play Free Now

June 5th - via:
Greetings, Attuned Mortals!   As we end our our Kickstarter campaign with a bang, we invite everyone to play during our Shards Online Preview Weekend event. This event starts right now and we plan to keep it running throughout the weekend.  We are... (Read More)

Preview Weekend, Systems Q&A, Game FAQ and Battle of the Backers Highlights

June 2nd - via:
This past weekend we hosted our second “Battle of the Backers” event, once again throwing YOU, our backers into battle to fight to the death. We also added some awesome twists like hunger, nighttime and crafting!   We wanted to share with you a... (Read More)

Event Update, Forums and Map Showcase!

May 28th - via:
We’d like to thank everyone for coming out to our first ever Battle of the Backers event! It was a huge success. Each and every one of you helped us make Kickstarter history by participating in the first event of its kind. Never before has a... (Read More)

Make My MMO: May 18 - May 24

May 24th - via:
This week's MMO crowdfunding news was dominated by a familiar trio of gamemaking heavyweights as well as an upstart studio bent on updating the magic of Ultima Online. Star Citizen announced a date of May 29th for its dogfighting module Arena Commander thing, while fellow space sim sandbox Elite: Dangerous released its Alpha 4 client, posted a new progress video, and targeted the end of May for its next major release. (Read More)

Event Reminder, Fiction Friday and a Note About Our Business Model

May 23rd - via:
Happy Fiction Friday! Over here at Citadel Studios we are frantically preparing for our big event tomorrow. For those of you who signed up, check your Kickstarter inboxes to see if you were selected! Make sure you get your friends to cheer you on,... (Read More)

Why You Should Be Paying Attention to Shards: Online

May 23rd - via:
Today’s gaming market is largely devoid of the traditional, once-loved fantasy MMORPG. While some manage a strong start, they almost inevitably end up either free-to-play or offline, as maintaining the traditional subscription model simply isn’t realistic anymore. Even World of Warcraft, the once undisputed king of fantasy MMORPGs, is witnessing a rapid decrease in numbers. The Elder Scrolls Online, a title which should be attracting millions on name alone, is having a rocky launch due to poor reception of the weighty subscription required to play. The traditional formula is dead, and developers realize that they must adapt. (Read More)

Shards Online: Battle of the Backers This Weekend

May 22nd - via:
The Kickstarter campaign for Shards Online, the player-run, Ultima Online-inspired MMORPG from Citadel Studios, isn’t doing all that well, and still needs to find its momentum if it is to succeed. (Read More)

Shards Online Kickstarter Will Give You The Game Immediately Upon Funding

May 21st - via:
Citadel Studios claims they are the first online game to offer something like this. (Read More)

Shards backers can play as soon as Kickstarter campaign completes

May 20th - via:
Citadel is kicking off week two of its Shards Online Kickstarter with new incentives for backing the multiverse sandbox. Shards is different from other crowdfunded MMOs in that there is a "fully playable build available now," the company explains. (Read More)

Playable Build to be Released to Backers Soon

May 20th - via:
The Shards Online team has announced that a fully playable version of the game that is still in its KickStarter infancy will be made available to backer ssoon. Those who choose to back the game will have access as soon as the campaign completes and will receive three months of subscription time. (Read More)

Battle of the Backers Exclusive Event and New Backer Incentives!

May 19th - via:
Need more reasons to get your buddies to back Shards? Thanks to our Twitch live streams we’ve discovered the joy of sharing our FULLY playable pre-alpha build with big audiences. So why not let our most loyal fans be the stars and watch you fight... (Read More)

Make My MMO: May 11 - May 17, 2014

May 17th - via:
This week in MMO crowdfunding, Shards Online officially launched its Kickstarter and revealed its gameplay to the world via its first livestream event. Some other crowdfunding stuff probably happened too, but really, we're all Shards all the time in these parts, and we'll be your best friend if you go give Citadel some money so that we can eventually make a Massively server filled with love and world domination. (Read More)

Ultimate and Elder Scrolls Vets Launch Kickstarter for Player-Run MMO Shards

May 16th - via:
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. (Read More)

Fiction Friday: Genesis

May 15th - via:
Happy Friday, Attuned Mortals! We hope you like the recent changes to our Kickstarter page and would love to hear your feedback on the new look. Derek has another note for you today; this time it's about Shards Online being a game first and a... (Read More)

Developer Playtest Stream Recap and Map Showcase!

May 14th - via:
Thanks to everyone who came out to watch the live stream last night! If you missed it, you can watch the entire thing on Youtube here or read a great fan summary of the stream on our subreddit. We love the questions you’re asking and are doing our... (Read More)

Live Twitch Stream with the Developers: TONIGHT!

May 14th - via:
Almost $25k in 24 hours? We’re downright flattered! Aside from all the blushing, we’ve also been dying to show everyone the progress we’ve made thus far - unfiltered and uncut.   Tonight (Wednesday, May 14th) at 8pm EST / 5pm PST, we’ll be... (Read More)

The Future of MMORPGs - As Written by the Past

May 14th - via:
It's no secret that this is a time of great tumult for the MMORPG genre. With the imminent release of Wildstar Online, many are saying that the last of the great 'theme park' MMORPGs is going to hit the ground, and everything after this will be new territory. We're moving away from the hand-holding, quest-saturated, WoW-esque misadventures of 2005-2014, and into a land far more concerned with sandboxes and the encouragement of player freedom and creativity. Publishers everywhere are wising up to the fact that human beings with hopes, dreams, and brains are the ones actually playing their games, and have decided to fund their projects accordingly. (Read More)

New reward tiers, player-run Q&A, and a very large deer

May 13th - via:
Greetings newly attuned mortals! We want to send a massive THANK YOU to all our Day One backers! It's awesome to see people as excited about Shards Online as we are. You are all now honorary members of the Shards Online Team.  We need you to keep on... (Read More)

Shards Online Launches Kickstarter Campaign

May 13th - via:
Good news for sandbox lovers everywhere: Citadel Studios has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for customizable MMORPG Shards Online! Along with the announcement comes a brand new trailer showing off some of the gameplay we'll be seeing, as a great deal more information and screenshots on the campaign site. (Read More)

Shards – Kickstarter Officially Launched

May 13th - via:
Citadel Studios just launched its Kickstarter Campaign aiming for a $320,000 contribution until June 12, 2014. (Read More)

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