8BitMMO, a free online, retro-style, sandbox game 100% built by the players. The game allows players to build their own buildings, castles, towns, and more solo or with friends and also engage in PvP and PvE gameplay. Archive Entertainment recently announced the availability of the new Desktop Edition, making it even easier to jump in and start playing. Previously players had to go through a complicated process to install and play the game using Java. But now it’s just as simple as clicking a desktop shortcut.

The Desktop Edition is currently in private beta testing, so you may be wondering just how to get in. Archive Entertainment also launched a crowdsourcing fundraiser, which you can opt into with a number of different options, but if you choose the $9.99 option or higher, you’ll gain access to the Desktop Edition beta along with an assortment of in-game items. Archive Entertainment hopes to raise $1,000 to upgrade the game’s server and has announced a stretch goal of $1,600 as well, which will net a Mac Edition. If the campaign hits those two targets, additional stretch goals will be announced.

In the meantime, you can check out the trailer below and visit the 8BitMMO website to learn more, pick up the standard client, or pledge and join the private beta.

Announcing 8BitMMO: Desktop Edition

SEATTLE, WA – October 1, 2013 – Archive Entertainment is excited to announce the Desktop Edition of 8BitMMO. 8BitMMO is an indie construction sandbox game with over 75,000 registered players where users can build houses, castles, even entire cities in a retro-style massively multiplayer world.

Previously to play the game, users had to go through the somewhat tricky procedure of installing and configuring Java to run browser applets. Desktop Edition bundles Java with the game executable and even keeps the game automatically updated. Now it's as simple as running the game from a desktop shortcut.

The Desktop Edition also includes all the recent improvements to the game, such as a new leveling system, two new weapons, two new monsters, key-doors for dungeon creators to place, a friend list, and much more.

8BitMMO is now launching a crowdsourced fundraiser to raise support for server upgrades and new platforms - backers will receive a number of exclusive rewards, including immediate private beta access to the Desktop Edition. Interested players can learn more at http://8BitMMO.net/mega


About 8BitMMO:

8BitMMO is a free online videogame where players can shape the world block by block. The game's engine allows for a wide variety of player made buildings. Players can build solo, or group up and create their own towns with friends for cooperative building projects. In either case, a grief protection system protects the player's creations from unwanted interference. The game is humorous in tone, with amusing quests and unusual enemies. There is also Player vs Player and Player vs Environment combat. While the game is in ongoing development, it is fully playable on the project's website. As the project is Java based, it can be easily run on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. Additional updates to the game are planned to introduce more features and content.

About Archive Entertainment:

Archive Entertainment is a one-man indie developer, Robby Zinchak. Previously a Producer at Microsoft, he has also led game creation at Capcom and Midway, producing titles such as Final Fight: Double Impact, and FLOCK!. He is now working on 8BitMMO from his home in Seattle. Robby has a long history with games: he wrote his first one 19 years ago on a cutting edge 16-color PC. Since then, he has continued to create games while retaining that same pioneering spirit.

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