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Citadel Studios launch Kickstarter for Shards a player-run MMORPG

New indie outfit #CitadelStudios has launched a Kickstarter for an ambitious MMORPG entitled Shards.

Developed by industry vets who have worked on #UltimaOnline, Warhammer Online, The Elder Scrolls and Dark Age of Camelot, Shards seeks to be the “first-ever player-run #MMO.”

What does this mean, exactly? 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.

Citadel further explained that the game will be set in a multiverse of different worlds each with their own unique set of rules, mechanics and lore. By exploring such worlds, you’ll learn new skills and abilities as well as collect treasure. Based on how things shake down, it will be possible to rule an entire world or gain immortality. Careful though, as you’ll also be able to lose your character permanently in certain situations.

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“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.”

Citadel Studios Kickstarter for Shards a player-run MMORPG

This Starbound-like open-endedness is certainly ambitious, which is why Citadel is turning towards the crowdfunding model to help finance it. Citadel has already spent eight months on this project, but it needs another $320K to finish it.

Early birds who pledge $20 will receive a digital copy of Shards for PC – and possibly Mac and Linux – upon its estimated release. This also comes with an additional two week premium subscription, access to the dev forums, and an HD wallpaper. This tier will go up to $25 once all the early bids are taken, and more enthusiastic spenders will be able to reserve early alpha access with pledges of $50 or more.

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