The Repopulation spin-off Fragmented launches early access this month

Earlier this year, the team behind The Repopulation faced down its HeroEngine difficulties with an ambitious plan to port the entire sandbox MMORPG to a new engine and publish a survival game based on the same assets to tide MMO fans over in the meantime. Today, Above & Beyond has posted a run-down of its latest work on that survival game, titled Fragmented.

Studio co-owner and lead dev Joshua Halls writes, “We wrapped up many items on our checklist, to get the game available for Early Access release. This included improvements across the board, continuing to flesh out the core systems, and introducing some familiar art from The Repopulation, as well as new art made specially for Fragmented.”

He further says that most Repopulation backers who asked to test Fragmented are now in, that the NDA on the spin-off game will lift “soon,” and that the game should hit Steam early access before the end of April.

Over 10,000 words’ worth of patch notes from March, representing 12 individual patches, follow the dev address. Among the highlights are swimming improvements, audio and UI tweaks, graphical improvements and additions, housing code, and bug fixes out the wazoo.

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LunastariaSpiritDiva
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LunastariaSpiritDiva

HolyAvengerOne lazylex Which is pretty sweet, the helps backers feel that they aren’t being ripped off for what they paid for while waiting. 

Thing is of course, waiting is hard, with almost no good mmos on the horizon. The last good mmorpg launch being Black Desert Online. People are just really excited and impatient, wishing that a successful mmorpg could finally release !

LunastariaSpiritDiva
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LunastariaSpiritDiva

RagnarTheDrunk Lol, ikr? Still, when you see a chance for money, you’re a fool not to grab onto it. Blizzard cancelled Titan and released Overwatch, when you’re having problems with technical difficulties, you learn how to squeeze that lemon and make lemonade. 

The extra popularity and finances would hopefully go right back into helping Repopulation, soon enough…

HolyAvengerOne
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HolyAvengerOne

agemyth We think FR will offer many unique aspects and a refreshing perspective on the genre, on top of an absolutely superb design and style. Hope you stick around to take a look when the NDA is lifted :)

HolyAvengerOne
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HolyAvengerOne

Detton Thank you Detton! Hope you will be playing with us when FR hits Early Access :)

HolyAvengerOne
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HolyAvengerOne

Observer98 It’s quite different here as they are building on top of Fragmented what the new TR will be. Its not really a proper “spinoff” per the definition of that word.

HolyAvengerOne
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HolyAvengerOne

lazylex Fragmented actually is the foundation of the new The Repopulation that the devs are giving freely to owners/backers of the old TR while they wait for it being built!

HolyAvengerOne
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HolyAvengerOne

BalsBigBrother Shouldn’t be too too long, I hope :)

HolyAvengerOne
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HolyAvengerOne

Lights_andMusic RagnarTheDrunk Actually, The Repopulation went down due to business issues between ABT and IF, their provider of server and engine. So they have to develop it now, again, in another engine and they’ve chosen UE4. Thing is, a _huge_ amount of work has been lost, the code cannot be ported and lot of work has to be done on all the assets and different systems to make them work again in the new The Repopulation. 

Now instead of making the owners and backers wait for a long time before they get something for what they paid, they give them Fragmented – a basic survival game in the engine and assets that the new TR will be using. 90% of the development going against Fragmented directly translates in development for TR.

Makes sense?

PaganRites
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PaganRites

I’ve been playing this.  It’s not original when it come to survival games, but it’s good and the environment is very unique, making it feel somewhat fresh.  I’m actually really enjoying it.  But this makes me even more hungry for The Repopulation.  Seeing what the devs have done in such a short amount of time makes me very excited for what’s to come.  The Repopulation never ran or looked nearly as good.

Lights_andMusic
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Lights_andMusic

RagnarTheDrunk Gotta agree here – I was very interested in the Repop a few years ago, but never plunked down any cash and now it seems like it’s never going to get made…I feel bad for the early adopters, very easily could have been me, this one looked/looks super interesting

RagnarTheDrunk
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RagnarTheDrunk

I guess I just don’t get this divergence. Paid for Repop, repop is down…. so they make a shooter? I don’t think anyone asked for this… Please get back to work on The Repopulation!

BalsBigBrother
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BalsBigBrother

Well I have clicked the thingy to be added to tester pool so I guess I will just have to wait <twiddles thumbs>  :-)

HolyAvengerOne
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HolyAvengerOne

Thanks Funky. Have you signed up yet for the Fragmented closed testing?

HolyAvengerOne
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HolyAvengerOne

PM me on the official forums.

deekay_zero
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deekay_zero

ThirteenBlackbirds deekay_zero Yangers i know who you are ;)

and i know you knew when you worked for them they were upfront about the nature of the job. as they are with the rest of the project.

i never worked a job that entitled me to free stuff even when sometimes free stuff was given. and certainly never after the employment had ended.

deekay_zero
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deekay_zero

ThirteenBlackbirds deekay_zero Yangers well i worked for wendys once and they don’t give me free baconators.

deekay_zero
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deekay_zero

ThirteenBlackbirds deekay_zero Yangers well it’s for backers.

Yangers
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Yangers

Yeah. If you go to the section where you can see your pledge and things. Thiers a button to click on.

deekay_zero
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deekay_zero

ThirteenBlackbirds nshelton repop is still going to be both “tab target” and teh “actioN” shooter mode.

just that fragmented as full shooter because that’s the default state for UE4.

deekay_zero
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deekay_zero

ThirteenBlackbirds Yangers on the repop site.

Yangers
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Yangers

If anyone backed Repop y’all should log into your account and thiers an option to sign up for a key to test it.

Winterstone
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Winterstone

lazylex  I say bring it on. I love survival games.

lazylex
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lazylex

How many more survival games do we need? I thought this trend was going to end last year. 

We had a fairly crappy span of MMO clones and now companies try to avoid using the term ‘MMO’ — eager to see what they try labeling survival games in 2017.

Observer98
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Observer98

This is exactly what Dark and Light did back in circa 2006- they failed to produce an MMO and released ‘Settlers of Ganareth’, a shadow of what Dark and Light was supposed to be.  It didn;t last long, but in this day and age, people will play the heck out of a turd as long as it’s free.

agemyth
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agemyth

ThirteenBlackbirds agemyth So far, those higher res and higher poly Repopulation assets look and run much better :) Hope it performs as well (or close) when full MMO systems are also running.

agemyth
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agemyth

Seems a bit too little too late to be joining the early access survival genre bandwagon if your product is as alpha as Fractured is.
If Funcom’s thing is similarly very early in development, I will feel the same way about the Conan thing. Haven’t seen anything but concept pics though.
How long until these games get a Battle Royale mode? :P

FunkyCold
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FunkyCold

I backed this game years ago and am still hyped for it. I played quite a bit in a very old build so really good to see progress. I truly wish the developers all the best, they deserve some luck. This is one title that even if it doesn’t make it, or I don’t enjoy it when it does, I wont regret spending the money.

nshelton
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nshelton

ThirteenBlackbirds nshelton yeah amazing difference, i can imagine the “in-game feel” is more modern too, which is primarily my concern.

Detton
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Detton

I’m glad to see that they are still making good progress.  I really felt sorry for them (as a consumer anyway) for the problems they ran into that seemed so crippling at the time.  That they have something that looks as good as it does not is impressive, and I hope they can get through all of this successfully and profitably.

nshelton
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nshelton

So this fragmented version is going to run in unity or unreal? Either way i may pick it up now if a few conditions are met in reviews. As long as its not that ancient galaxies look.

Dont get me wrong galaxies is, was great but to me hasnt aged well.

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