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Ultima Online meets Neverwinter Nights in this subscription-free online PC game where the community can change all the rules.
Ultima Online meets Neverwinter Nights in this subscription-free online PC game where the community can change all the rules.
Ultima Online meets Neverwinter Nights in this subscription-free online PC game where the community can change all the rules.
1,683 backers pledged $105,717 to help bring this project to life.

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From former lead engineer (Derek 'Supreem' Brinkmann) and lead designer (Tim 'Draconi' Cotten) of Ultima Online comes Shards Online.

"Citadel Studios has the right team to give the sandbox genre what it’s been missing" - Rob Denton, co-creator of Dark Age of Camelot

Experience limitless content.  It's a game that lets you experience hundreds of different worlds with just one client! You can play on official Citadel Studios servers or join any of the hundreds of community run servers. Each server has different rules and content, allowing you to find a game universe that fits your exact play style.

Become a creator of worlds. It's the first game that legitimately allows you to host and moderate not just a single game world, but an entire universe of connected game worlds with the potential to support thousands of users at one time. Customize every aspect of your servers' gameplay experience from character development, to combat, to items and equipment, to monsters and AI.

Award Winning: Shards Online was voted "Best Indie MMO" by mmorpg.com at PAX East 2014. This same award was given to Shroud of the Avatar at E3 this year!

Since the primary goal of this campaign is to get Shards Online to Alpha, it would be disingenuous for us to promise you a bunch of extra features at release. Instead, all of these stretch goals are for additional features that will be delivered when we reach Alpha.

Explore the Multiverse: Out of the box, it's a complete game experience with an immersive storyline. It’s about vengeful gods that fight for supremacy in a multiverse of worlds that span many genres. 

Want to learn more about these game worlds? Click here

Blaze your path: Your fate is not predetermined by class selection or levels. Your skills and abilities naturally evolve as you use them. With a virtually unlimited number of skill combinations, no two characters are the same.

Recruit the local talent: Your hirelings and tamed companions have their own lives, but they will develop their unique skills and abilities as they fight and work for you. 

Build your home: No instances here. Build your house or guild hall in the actual game world on one of the 'home' shards and decorate it with the spoils of your adventures.

Experience live content: Server admins have the tools to generate content on the fly like the ability to possess creatures and spawn items. Citadel Studios official servers will have regular live events where your interactions will change the course of history.

Play by your rules: Play on Citadel Studios servers with our official rules and content or find a modded player run server with custom rules and content that suits your play style.

Create your world: With our powerful world editor, you will create completely original game worlds. Use the built-in assets we provide or import your own. New built-in assets become available with each expansion pack.

Never log off: With the Shards Online mobile companion app for Android, iOS and Windows Phone, you will manage your hirelings and receive notifications of important in-game events. Imagine the possibilities... Is your guild hall being attacked? You can send your hirelings to defend without ever logging in.

What our fans are saying:

“The sound, graphics, mechanics, and play all functioned very well for a pre-alpha build.  It was very impressive overall!” – Playtester

“Finally, gamers will be able to return to the old and real Role-Play as we did on the Ultima shards.” – Fan

“Awesome work on the environment, the nature really has a good feel to it... Well done to the team at Citadel Studios.” – Playtester

For more details visit: shardsonline.com


The goal of this campaign is to get Shards Online to alpha.  We are really close, but need you to help us get the rest of the way there.

We have redefined what core features are necessary for our first alpha build based on player feedback. Our primary goal is to ensure that we have enough re-playable content in our Alpha One build to keep players engaged while we continue development. 

We are so dedicated to this project that we have committed to match our campaign goal of $50k with some small investments from our personal network. Combining these investments with a refocused plan, we are confident that we can get to alpha with a relatively small goal.

Click here to see our development roadmap for getting to alpha and beyond.

To select one or more add-ons, click the "Manage Your Pledge" button and add in the amount. After the campaign ends, you will be receiving a survey where you can tell us which add-ons you are getting. Please add $18 for international shipping on physical items if you are not already getting a physical reward.

For more details check out the update or this video where add-ons are explained [1:55].

$20 - Get one additional digital copy of Shards Online at release for a friend! If your friend wants the baby dragon familiar and title, he will need to be a backer. This add-on will only get you the game.

$30 - Get one additional access code to Shards Online for a friend! This code is permanent. Which means it includes the digital copy of the game and will continue to work after official release. 

$125 - Get a pack of 5 additional access codes to Shards Online for your friends and guild-mates! These codes are also permanent. Which means they include the digital copy of the game and will continue to work after official release.

$25 - Show that you supported this amazing project to the world with your exclusive backer t-shirt.

$20 - For the art connoisseur in you, get this art book that contains more than 10 pages of beautiful Shards Online art. 

$50 - Get your cloth map from the collectors edition signed by the founders!

You get a digital download and access code when the game becomes available on Steam.

You will receive an exclusive digital book containing the best Shards Online concept art in beautiful high resolution.

You will receive a code that grants you early access to the game at our Alpha 1 release. Make sure you get a head start on the competition by getting into the game before it becomes available on Steam!

Show that you were an early of supporter of Shards Online by killing your friends with cuteness. You get a totem that summons a baby dragon familiar on Citadel Studios official servers. This item is exclusive to Kickstarter backers!

Receive an invitation to be one of the elite group of playtesters that will work directly with the development team to playtest the game and provide feedback during all phases of Pre-Alpha. Tests will begin just a few weeks after the campaign ends.

Founders can travel to the exclusive founders only shard on official servers. This will be a place where founders can get together and talk about how things were back in the day.

An exclusive collector's edition game box to show off to your friends. They're going to be super jealous. You won't have to wait for release either. We will be sending these out as soon as we have them made.

In your shiny collector's box you will find a beautiful cloth map of the Celador Shard, the high-fantasy melting pot. Adorn your walls with glorious Shards Online artwork!

 Watch the Cloth Map Reveal

This unique, limited edition collectors coin will only be available during Kickstarter. Only 300 of these beauties will ever be made!

Receive an invitation to the "Pre-Alpha Admin" program. This group will have the opportunity to run and customize community servers during Pre-Alpha 2. Each member of the program is granted 10 special access codes that will only work during Pre-Alpha 2 to let your friends play on your server.

A server of your choice will be featured on the Community Server List for a limited time. Even if you are not interested in being an admin, you can use this reward to promote your favorite community server.

Members of the Shards Online development team will appear as gods on a 'shard' of your choice and run a unique one time live event. Where else can you have a wedding for this cheap?

Work directly with the designers to create a unique weapon in the game. This weapon will be used during alpha as a rare loot drop on Celador.

Want to be an interior game designer? Yeah, you do. Work directly with a designer on the team to design a unique house style and floor plan.

Come party with the team! You get an invitation to our private Shards Online launch party. We will also buy you a domestic round trip plane ticket or give you 500$ towards an international flight.

Citadel Studios has a great mix of veteran developers and new talent. One thing everyone has in common is a passion for great roleplaying and sandbox games. Our combined credits include amazing RPGs like Ultima Online, Warhammer Online, and Eve Online. Head over to the Citadel Studios website for all the details on the team.

Risks and challenges

Online games are no walk in the park. That is why so few indie companies even attempt them! Luckily we have the industry experience to pull something like this off. While we have a great foundation for the shard and cluster technology, there are still many technical and creative hurdles we must overcome. Citadel Studios is no stranger to challenge. In fact we thrive on it.

We adhere to the KISS (Keep it simple stupid) development strategy. Even at the time of writing this, we have a stable fully playable build. Throughout the product’s development one of our core goals is to maintain this level of stability. This makes the job of getting our product to you, our players, much easier.

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    Get your access code to Shards Online at Alpha 1 Release + Pre-Alpha Admin Program + Featured Server + Limited Collector's Coin + Exclusive Collector's Box + Celador Cloth Map + Pre-Alpha Playtester Program + Access to Founders Only Shard + 1 Baby Dragon Familiar + Digital Art Book + "Shards Archivist" in-game title

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    Live Dev Event

    Get your access code to Shards Online at Alpha 1 Release + Devs will visit a shard of your choice and run a unique live event + Pre-Alpha Admin Program + Featured Server + Limited Collector's Coin + Exclusive Collector's Box + Celador Cloth Map + Pre-Alpha Playtester Program + Access to Founders Only Shard + 1 Baby Dragon Familiar + Digital Art Book + "Multiverse Intrepid" in-game title

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    Get your access code to Shards Online at Alpha 1 Release + Work with the designers to design a rare weapon + Live Dev Event + Pre-Alpha Admin Program + Featured Server + Limited Collector's Coin + Exclusive Collector's Box + Celador Cloth Map + Pre-Alpha Playtester Program + Access to Founders Only Shard + 1 Baby Dragon Familiar + Digital Art Book + "Shards Weaponmaster" in-game title

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    Get your access code to Shards Online at Alpha 1 Release + Work with the designers to design a house layout + Design a rare weapon + Live Dev Event + Pre-Alpha Admin Program + Featured Server + Limited Collector's Coin + Exclusive Collector's Box + Celador Cloth Map + Pre-Alpha Playtester Program + Access to Founders Only Shard + 1 Baby Dragon Familiar + Digital Art Book + "Multiverse Architect" in-game title

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    Get your access code to Shards Online at Alpha 1 Release + Join us for the Shards Online Launch Party + Design a house layout + Design a rare weapon + Live Dev Event + Pre-Alpha Admin Program + Featured Server + Limited Collector's Coin + Exclusive Collector's Box + Celador Cloth Map + Pre-Alpha Playtester Program + Access to Founders Only Shard + 1 Baby Dragon Familiar + Digital Art Book + Choose your own in-game title

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