Feb. 5, 2013 – City State Entertainment revealed today that it will launch a Kickstarter campaign in March, 2013 to help fund the creation of Camelot Unchained (working title), a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). The project is the latest from CSE co-founder Mark Jacobs. An online industry pioneer and founder of Mythic Entertainment, he came up with the concept for and led the team that created one of the genre’s very first international successes, the landmark Dark Age of Camelot ®, which launched in 2001, achieved immediate popularity and critical acclaim, won dozens of awards, and is still in operation.
The core concept for the new MMORPG focuses tightly on three key elements, RvR, housing and a true player-owned economy. The central conflict encompasses a trio of diverse, competing realms – Arthurian, Tuatha Dé Danann and Viking – each seeking to assert its dominance over an open and persistent world reflecting the universally familiar but greatly re-imagined Camelot and European mythos. All aspects of this RvR-focused MMORPG are tied into and support the three realms’ ongoing battle for superiority and control. The player housing and crafting systems will also be very significant components and both key closely into the RvR theme.
“We believe there’s a small yet viable audience of fans who are very keen to play this type of MMORPG,” stated Mark Jacobs. “However, tightly focused niche games don’t necessarily hold great appeal for traditional publishers who are looking toward the mass market. We see Kickstarter as the best way to reach out directly to the people who will actually play our game for help in funding its creation.”
“Furthermore,” Jacobs added, “we feel Kickstarter is great market research. When we meet our funding goal, the other investors and I will be even more confident about committing the additional money needed to complete development and to launch and operate the game. A successful campaign will provide solid evidence that a truly enthusiastic and committed target audience will be eagerly awaiting its release.”
Over the coming weeks, CSE will focus on building brand awareness for the game prior to the launch of its Kickstarter campaign. Mark and the team will provide developer blogs and release further information on the company’s project page (www.camelotunchained.com) and through leading industry publications.
About City State Entertainment
City State Entertainment is an independent video game development studio founded in March 2011, in Fairfax, Virginia, by online gaming pioneer Mark Jacobs and “top gun” programmer Andrew Meggs. Mark Jacobs previously founded Mythic Entertainment, creator of two of the highest rated MMORPGs to date, Dark Age of Camelot ® and Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning ®, as well as over 15 other games/expansion packs. Over the last two years, the studio has grown to 13 hard-working, sarcastic, and politically incorrect individuals. In October 2012, they released their first game, March on Oz™, for Apple’s iPad. The studio embodies an “open office” collaborative environment wherein all team members are expected to contribute to the design and the development process. The staff is a very diverse bunch that also includes lots of four-legged mammals, two bearded dragons and a tarantula. The team is currently porting March on Oz to multiple platforms, including the iPhone, select Android tablets and phones and the PC. They are also in pre-production of their second game and working on the Kickstarter project for an MMORPG. For more information about City State Entertainment, please visit http://www.CityStateEntertainment.com.
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