MMORPG wanted to be a “new Ultima Online”, fails with a bang

With Legends of Aria, the developer Citadel Studios actually wanted to create a kind of sequel to Ultima Online. There were many parallels. But the MMORPG flopped on Steam. The company has now been sold and the new owner is planning an unusual comeback. A new Legends of Aria is due in 2022 – with new content and Play2Earn.

What kind of game is this?

  • Legends of Aria is a sandbox MMORPG that we’ve covered here on MeinMMO since 2015. It originally raised over $ 100,000 on Kickstarter like Shards Online, which mostly attracted old school players.
  • The developers promised them a feeling that Ultima Online conveyed. Therefore, levels should be avoided and grades improved through skills instead. There were also many other similar features, including housing and the ISO perspective.
  • However, the MMORPG did not get much attention. When it was released in August 2019, 1,150 people were playing Legends of Aria at the same time – the record so far (via SteamCharts).
  • Even a change to Free2Play in 2020 brought no change. Since September 2021, the number of most simultaneous players has been consistently double-digit. On average, there are not even 20 players online anymore. The last major update was also in the summer of 2020.

In December 2021, Blue Money Games will purchase the entire studio, including Legends of Aria and the engine. This studio now wants to bring the game to new heights with a new version.

You can get a first glimpse of the game in this video by YouTuber Fischturd:

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New content and cryptocurrency to save Legends of Aria

What’s going on with Legends of Aria? The revised version of MMORPG should get cryptocurrency but also some new features. A statement on the website reads:

We will relaunch the game with a focus on implementing the basic version of Legends of Aria, implemented with new content, a new playable world and new sandbox content such as startup, player house, improved PvP systems, prison systems and more will.

Via Legends of Aria

The new features also include a third-person view. Players should be able to decide for themselves whether they want to play in the old iso perspective or the new point of view.

This new version is scheduled to launch its closed alpha on May 11th. Anyone with an optional Legends of Aria subscription can participate. An open beta is scheduled for June / July.

What is the cryptocurrency about? It will also be part of Legends of Aria. So players newly started with MMORPGs should already be able to make money. This should be possible through collection, hatching of pets, general trade and exchange.

You should be able to buy and sell items, but also complete grades, through an NFT store. In addition, ARIA tokens should be able to be earned in the game. According to the roadmap, the NFT marketplace is scheduled to be activated in August.

When will the new version appear? The official release is scheduled for October. Until then, new content related to NFTs and a creator program will be implemented, as the roadmap reveals. However, the new version must always require a subscription.

An in-game poker game and a pet system are then scheduled for November 2022, and a revision of the housing system and a new map will follow in Q1 2023. Other revisions such as a new PvP mode will not come until the new year.

A VR version of the game is also scheduled for Q3 2023.

Legends of Aria road map

The old version will be Legends of Aria Classic

What if I do not want NFTs? The developers have thought of that too. The former Legends of Aria will be nicknamed “Classic” and will be released in a new client. In this version, players can continue to run their community servers, but will no longer receive major content updates.

What are your thoughts on the changes to Legends of Aria? Can you be attracted to the new features and Play2Earn, or will you also ignore the new version of MMORPG?

I even predicted the death of Legends of Aria in a column in early 2021. But already in 2022, I corrected this statement due to the purchase of Blue Money Games. However, there are 6 other games that I think will die this year:

I predict these 6 MMOs will die in 2022

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