Chronicles of Elyria: The Dynamic MMO with Aging and Death

Chronicles of Elyria is an upcoming fantasy MMORPG featuring the aging and death of characters in a player influenced world.

Chronicles of Elyria is an upcoming fantasy MMORPG by Soulbound Studios. The game aims to be innovative, immersive, and dynamic through a completely player-influenced world.

The Kickstarter for the game launched on May 3, 2016, and was fully funded by May 14 with its goal of $900k. The project currently has over $1 million pledged and ends on June 3, 2016.

 About the Game

Chronicles of Elyria is the first MMORPG to feature the aging and permanent death. This persuades players to carefully consider their character's choices and actions. Players must be willing to take risks to become heroes and influential characters, but those who fail a dangerous quest will return with a shorter lifespan.

While a character's life span is about 1 year in real time, each death will bring a character closer to permadeath. But when a character permadies, their soul is reincarnated into a new character.

The world is dynamic and ever-changing through other players' actions in non-repeatable quests and a continuously unfolding story, giving each character a unique experience, and encouraging players to keep logging back in.

In this game, combat is defined by a player's skill. There is no auto-attacking, hot-key skills, or button mashing. Instead, combat requires players to strategically time their attacks, dodge, and parry -- all while watching their stamina.

Chronicles of Elyria has a unique take on MMORPGS, and looks like it will be an impressive and ambitious game.

For more information, check out the Chronicles of Elyria website or Kickstarter page.

Published May. 25th 2016
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  • David Fisher
    Featured Columnist
    This game sounds heavily inspired by SAO...

    In all seriousness though, you can tell already that this game is rather going to be super hyped/awesome, or it'll be a complete bore/terrible. Hard to tell without any actual gameplay, but I'm sure it'll at least be interesting for the brief amount of time it gets limelight if the latter case is true.
  • Ty Arthur
    Featured Contributor
    I've been in love with the unique concepts here since first learning about the game and I agree with their assessment that the MMO industry needs to be shaken up, but frankly I don't think this is going to work out the way the developers think its going to work out. They have massively overestimated their player bases's ability to not be lame. You are going to come across 50 "buttsvilles" (and much worse) in your travels and have a lot of whining about how the permadeth system works.
  • Phil Fry
    Featured Contributor
    This is a really interesting gameplay choice. I love finding new and unique MMO's, so I look forward to being able to play Elyria!

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