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We aren’t just building a world. We’re giving you the keys to the universe.

Experience limitless content.  Each server, both official and community run, 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. Customize every aspect of your servers’ gameplay experience from character development, to combat, to items and equipment, to monsters and AI.

Pledging now gives you instant access to:

  • Player Housing Claim you house plot anywhere in the world by obtaining one of the 13 housing blueprints currently available in the game. You have complete control over the items placed in and around your house including furniture, crafting tools, and lockable storage containers.
  • Skill Based Character DevelopmentYour skills gain naturally as you use them. With over 20 skills already in the game and more being added each release.
  • Deep Storylines and LoreThe inhabitants of the worlds in Shards Online are full of knowledge and stories of the struggles between mortals and the many races of gods.
  • Crafting Metalsmithing, Woodsmithing, Fabrication and Alchemy are functionally complete. A grand total of 144 recipes are available for crafters to use to create items!
  • Animal Taming We currently have 20+ tameable creatures that not only respond to your commands but also age and gain skill the longer you keep them.
  • Combat We have a completely tactical and skill based combat system with 15+ combat abilities, 20+ spells, and 10+ skill based abilities.
  • PvPOutside of the guard protected areas of the world, PvP is completely unrestricted and players must stick together to protect each other from the forces of evil. The penalty for death ranges by server rules from a slap on the wrist to full loot.
  • Catacombs DungeonCatacombs is a massive 3 level dungeon that changes configurations every few hours. The dungeon is filled with traps, terrors and epic loot for players to explore and hunt.
  • Boss Battles Test your mettle against one of our many nasty bosses: Forest Ogres, The Cultist King, The Spider Queen, The Greater Demon of Kho, The Greater Dragon, The Guardian of the Void, and Death.
  • Titles In addition to the title you earn from your pledge level, players can also earn in-game titles. There are currently 150+ titles available including titles like “Leader of the Revolution” and “Bane of the Dragon Age”.
  • Faction System There are two factions struggling for control of Celador, The Villagers and The Cultists, by completing tasks for them you can gain faction which gives you access to titles, additional tasks and access to special areas of the map.
  • GuildsPlayers can come together to form guilds that can claim their own lands and even go to war with other guilds.
  • Character CustomizationThe first pass on character customization is complete which allows you to choose from several skin types and hair styles for both male and female. You can also change your hair color.
  • Community Servers and Modding Several of our pre-alpha admins have 24/7 community servers running with custom created content. (NOTE: Some aspects of modding will not be available until after Early Access release)

Latest News

November Community Roundtable

Check out this November's Community Roundtable where Derek 'Supreem' Brinkmann discusses new developments including changes to our targeting system & UI, our new player death system and the much anticipated Permadeath ruleset! [...]

October Community Roundtable – Alpha

Catch up on this October's Community Roundtable: Topics covered in this months roundtable include: What We're Working On Repair/Salvage UI Enhancement Secure Trading Death System House Containers Optimizations Website Revamp [...] Twitch Takeover with Ripper X & Lead Developer Supreem

For anyone who missed the Takeover over at's Twitch channel! Featuring Ripper X and Lead Developer Supreem.

Alpha Preview 0.3.5 now Live!

As of 5pm EST today, September 23rd, the Shards of Aria server has been wiped and our Alpha Preview update is now live! Returning pledgers and trial players possessing 200 or more skill points on [...]

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