The Repopulation-spinoff Fragmented has reached release on Steam

Gosh, I had almost forgotten about Fragmented – it’s been a while! But it’s formally launched on Steam as of today for a discounted $5.99.

“Today we have moved Fragmented into a released state after 16 months and more than 30 patches in Early Access,” says Above and Beyond’s JC Smith, noting that launch “does not mean the end of updates” for the game; “tweaks and bug fixes” are still on the table.

Fragmented was originally created by A&B in the Great Repopulation Pause of 2015 as a survival sandbox spin-off of the The Repopulation, first Kickstarted in 2012. The MMORPG was crippled by a nasty public contract dispute between the dev team at A&B and its Hero Engine-lessor Idea Fabrik, driving The Repopulation offline and causing A&B to spend a year working on Fragmented instead. Earlier this year, the studio announced it had sold the game to Idea Fabrik instead, a move that A&B said was in the best interests of the game and the playerbase, while A&B kept Fragmented. Since then, Idea Fabrik has gotten The Repopulation back online in a limited alpha.

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nvidia

Still not worth $5.99. There is nothing to do. Punch trees, punch rocks, gather berries. Build a base. Eventually get awesome weapons. Now the (PvE) challenge is gone, and there is nothing to keep you playing and you will be bored to tears because there is no PvP happening because nobody plays it. Replayability is near zero. I feel like they just kicked it out the door to wash their hands of it.

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skynewave

so they are making us buy it again after failing?

no thanx give me the game that I paid for and then I might have played

too late now

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CasualSlacks

What do you mean “buy it again?” Did you buy it once? It should still be in your library. I got it because I backed The Repopulation 5 years ago. If you are looking for The Repopulation and you’ve already backed it, you can play what Idea Frabrik’s been working on (quietly, ostensibly).

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Rottenrotny

So how’s the Repop these days?
I was in the closed alpha a looooooooooong time ago and it was certainly rough but seemed to have a lot of potential. At some point I wasn’t able to log in anymore without warning though and haven’t really looked at it since.

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Nick Smith

For those that have played tge game… is it worth six bucks to try it out?

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camren_rooke

I’ve played it on and off for a bit. It didn’t hold me but survival sandboxes usually don’t. It is your typical, punch rocks, trees, and bushes to get food, ore, and wood and then slowly build shelter and weapons and armor.

At some point you will be making electronic gear and lasers so it is supposedly pretty involved but I never got that far.

There was also an odd thing where food and berries you collected decay over time INCLUDING when you are offline. So go offline for the night and log back in and you are back collecting berries. Not sure if that was still in there the last time I played but it was … different to me.

All that being said, anything under ten for me is a gimme to at least try. Heck if you get two hours of entertainment out of it, you’ve covered the cost of a movie.

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life_isnt_just_dank_memes

I own this but it’s so much less the thing that games after it are that idk if I can go back to it. I think I’ll keep waiting until Conan is “released”. After the split with the Repop IP, I dunno that I want to play either of them and Repop really seems like it’s going nowhere fast. I keep it on my hard drive in hopes that it starts seeing some progress, but I don’t even see anyone in the chat window when I login once a month.

I wonder why people have lost faith in crowd funding?

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Nick Smith

Heh, for sure. Crowdfunding reminds me of paying your car mechanic in advance before any work is done to your car. The mechanic has no incentive to work/finish your car.

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Ket Viliano

Try it with lawyers.
It gets much worse.

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BDJ

It wouldn’t be bad if it wasn’t the same as conan, which is the same as Ark, which is the same as Day Z, etc.

Cant any of them break the mold of “beat on rocks with hammers, build buildings, pvp” rinse repeat?

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Alex

Hmmmm. So the EA program is heading towards a totally new trend as this follows suit with other steam EA games I own. The trend is simple;

Devs dont want or cant spend anymore time on the game and therefore push out a release and called it launched. Whether its ready or not.

Really cant say I blame them as scraping by working on a dead game isnt how you pay the bills and feed your family.

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pepperzine

Pretty much what happened with landmark. Released so they could say it launched, and then shut it down. That way people can’t complain the game never made it out of early access before getting axed.

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BalsBigBrother

This announcement just gives me a vague feeling of sadness at a missed opportunity rather than an excited “yay game launch.” Not sure I have it in me to poke at this again. Maybe one day if I have nothing better to do game wise but I don’t think that is a problem I will face for a long while.

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deekay_plus

it should be noted the currently live version of repopulation is the same crippled by delayed engine updates version that they had to shut down a year prior becuase the engine issues were making it increasingly unplayable over the past previous updates while idea fabrik promised anb (and their other partners in the same program) miracle patches that would solve the issues.

which instead of doing their end of the bargain they held all of their dev partners hostage which resulted in this outcome.

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