The MMORPG Chronicles of Elyria wanted to offer a new, realistic MMORPG that allowed players to be part of a simulated world. The team raised around 7.5 million euros via Kickstarter and its own platform. But the boss gambled away badly. He couldn’t find another investor, had to fire the team and actually stop development, but he can’t get out of the situation.
What kind of MMORPG was this supposed to be?
MMORPG project fails in 2020 but can’t stop
This was the break: The $7.7 million raised wasn’t enough to implement the ideas Walsh had in mind. His plan was to use the money to finance a prototype that was so good that he could convince solvent investors to finance the game for him.
Other developers who had previously managed successful projects had managed to do this, but Walsh, as a nobody, failed to convince financiers. But the backers’ money was already gone.
After a horribly failed pre-alpha, Walsh announced in March 2020 that the studio was closing and all employees had been laid off. But he added a little later that this was a misunderstanding and that he was continuing to develop the project.
That’s the problem: In fact, the development of the MMORPG has failed, but it cannot be stopped because he cannot pay the backers back the money. As a result, Chronicles of Elyria has been subject to intense ridicule since 2020. While Walsh tries to keep the MMORPG afloat, former angry fans are out to get their money back.
Developer says 93% of fans still want the MMORPG
This is the latest farce: In January 2024, Walsh asked which of his 6 projects fans most want. Multiple nominations were possible.
The online role-playing site Massivelyop, which is still following Chronicles of Elyria, scoffed that these were phantom projects anyway.
An evaluation of the survey in February 2024 now shows: Of course, the MMORPG “Chronicles of Elyria” itself received the most votes; more than 93% were still interested in this game. Walsh sees this as confirmation that interest in MMORPGs is still high.
However, former fans are cynical about this survey on the Massivelyop site. It says: There were only limited options available in the survey. The option “Give me my damn money back” is missing. She would definitely have won.
Others compare the survey to being like asking visitors at a band’s concert which band they like best – the result is clear.
Another says: 10,752 people took part in Kickstarter, and 500 people took part in a survey like this. He could then continue with his role play as CEO and game developer.
This is what lies behind it: There has been an unpleasant situation surrounding Chronicles of Elyria since 2020. You don’t even want to look at it anymore:
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