The Repopulation will be playable Sunday, back on Steam later in March

The Repopulation is indeed on track to resume early access later this month as planned.

“Servers will be opening up to all current players on the 12th of this month,” Idea Fabrik COO Sarrene’ Grant told forumgoers this afternoon.

“All backers and current players of The Repopulation can enter the game starting at midnight EST on Sunday. Downloads are open, as some of you already know. Your game account login will be exactly the same. Nothing has changed there. We wanted to make sure that everyone that bought and supported the game had the same access as before. If you forgot your password you can use the link provided on the launcher to reset your password. If you have any problems logging in please feel free to post that up. A ticket system will be in place after the transfer is complete. We will be turning The Repopulation sales on at Steam between the 19th and the 26th of this month depending on how the servers hold up to the Alpha testing.”

The Repopulation, first Kickstarted in 2012, was crippled at the end of 2015 by a nasty public contract dispute between its original development team, Above & Beyond, and Idea Fabrik, which leased the Hero Engine. The Repopulation has been offline ever since. Though A&B spent 2016 working on survival sandbox Fragmented with the intent of getting Repop back online, early this year the studio announced it had sold the game to Idea Fabrik instead, a move that, we were told, was in the best interests of the game and the playerbase. Idea Fabrik has previously stated it will re-release the alpha, then progress to a beta and then launch as development continues, favoring a business model that is more microtrans than pay-to-win.

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kofteburger

Yay it’s back. Now I’ll enjoy this pre-alpha Sci-fi MMO in glorious 5 FPS.

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holyavengerone

Even with good hardware from 5 years ago, I find a way to tweak the settings to run at 35-40+

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CasualSlacks

My greatest apprehension The Repopulation‘s reboot is that when I log in, it’ll be as unpolished with character customization, audio, and UI as the last time I played it and I’ll be turned off for another 2 or 3 months. I’d rather the current developers take some time, overhaul character models, model customization features, and armor, fix up the audio quality (BMG and voice work), and worked on making the UI more than merely functional. I know some of what was in the build the last time I played was actually just placeholder assets, but I fear that iteration beyond placeholders will be extremely slow or overlooked entirely.

To make some totally unfair comparisons, what’s impressed me the most about Star Citizen is that the builds they make public are extremely presentable. The game systems and modules are not all in place and they’re definitely not close to being all integrated into a seamless experience, but each part that you’re able to play looks done. RSI has the millions of dollars coming into do that, of course, while A&BT never has had the resources and I doubt Idea Fabrik does either. Similarly, when I think of Conan Exiles, I am impressed by what’s already in the completed and how it seems like the sometimes janky animations and erratic input and server lag are just minor kinks that will be straightened out. However, one can spend a significant amount of time enjoying the game while enduring some still-in-early-access annoyances.

The Repopulation won’t launch back into Early Access at the level of development of either of these games. Anyone following its development probably won’t expect it to either. Still, for a lot of other people whose curiosity has been piqued by media coverage from the past year, I think they’re going to be disappointed and dismissive of the project because of what they see on Twitch or Youtube. And that bodes poorly for the game’s future.

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holyavengerone

Slight confusion here, it’s not the reboot coming back online, it’s the original The Repopulation, the one that was brought offline last year.

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Robert Mann

Yeah, calling it now that those microtransactions aren’t going to be very… nice. IF has a long way to go to earn trust before I even consider getting within spitting range of anything they are in charge of.

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holyavengerone

They have to earn the trust, right, but I’m not sure why it means the microtransactions have been lied about so far…

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rafael12104

As long as Idea Fab is involved, I will go nowhere near this thing.

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holyavengerone

Curious as to why?

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megus

Gonna log in and see whats going on.

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TheDonDude

I know zilch about the Repopulation, but whenever I see the name I can only assume the plot is about humanity getting nearly wiped out, and it’s up to the players to… repopulate.

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Apollymi

There’s a fanfic-style novel written which explains much of the back story. It was very interesting.

https://www.therepopulation.com/index.php/game-features/lore/evening-star

Sorry, it ate my link on first try and I’m not sure how to make it look pretty.

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Koshelkin

The game would have been a rapid success than.

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Kevin McCaughey

Every time I read about this abomination my heart sinks. Frankenpop? This is going to be a very long car crash.

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Daniel Miller

You cant dl yet. Only if you bought it long ago like myself. Hence its in steam library and able to dl.

Stating that i never played it prob still wont.

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BalsBigBrother

“Playable” uh? umm.

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CasualSlacks

It was already playable in alpha before the servers went down at the end of 2015.

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BalsBigBrother

Playable in the same sense that a broken analogue clock is still right twice a day. Just my opinion don’t expect you will agree but that is ok I don’t need you to :-)

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holyavengerone

Can you elaborate as to what was mainly broken?

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Craig Sharp

So is the game now off of the hero engine? That engine was kind of the dealbreaker for me.

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holyavengerone

Why was the engine a problem?

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BalsBigBrother

Nope it was one of those on off on kind of relationships and we are now sadly back on the hero engine

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Craig Sharp

Ahh ok, thanks for clarifying, sorry to hear that, best of luck to them though!

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mcsleaz

I can’t find anywhere on the site to download the client.

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holyavengerone

You can also get it there if you don’t want to do it from Steam : https://account.heroengine.com/downloads

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Kinya

You can download it from Steam :)

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