Perpetuum ends active development, eyes private servers

It’s both an end and a beginning for Perpetuum Online.

The team announced on September 3rd that it is no longer actively developing for the sci-fi sandbox MMORPG: “So you haven’t heard from us in a long time, and the reason for that probably became more and more obvious with time: I’m sorry to inform you that Perpetuum is not actively developed anymore […] We knew from the start that Perpetuum will be a niche game and we were cool with it. But even considering that, it never really got off.”

Calling the game’s development history a “catch-22,” the team said that a lack of a publisher and low population numbers led to little money available to expand the game’s foundation, which resulted in fewer players over time, and so on it went.

The team’s pride in its creation and its recognition of a loyal community means that the studio won’t let Perpetuum Online die outright. The official server is going to be kept online for the time being, and work is being done to create a free “standalone server solution” so that players can run and even develop for their own games.

In the meantime, premium currency and DLC has been discontinued from the main server, and Perpetuum Online will only be available through Steam from now on to ensure the availability of the title.

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rynikwiz
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rynikwiz

And so it begins….

Thank you all for a wonderful launch weekend! So many new and old faces.
We hit 100 players online! (~120 peak, will confirm after weekend is over), and stayed at 50 concurrent players in low-times.
A excellent showing by all, corps are already spinning up, new players are learning the game, and old players are discovering all the new features.

Stay tuned for more developments, news, events, and announcements! Thank you again for all of your support, as a player, patron, community member, and advocate for a brighter future for Perpetuum!

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Brendan Wallach

old thread I know > you can’t open source a game and sell it. it goes against the core values of open source…. so even now there still scamming ya

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bomocho

Announcing the Open Perpetuum Project

An open-source community initiative to create a better Perpetuum for all!

Website
Discord
Forums

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John Mclain

Once upon a time this was my favorite mmo to play, played it for years from the earliest alpha till they started to make terrible changes to the game that made it unfun to play any longer, the free-to-play/pay2win transition was the final nail in the coffin for me.

I knew the game was good as dead once they screwed it up, I just didn’t know how long it would take to die. Longer than I expected honestly.

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zeko_rena

Oh I still have not finished the tutorial, I bought it a while back when it was 75% off lol

ceder
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ceder

No surprises here with this.

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Rolan Storm

*tata-da… ta-ta-daaaa…*

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A Dad Supreme

“So you haven’t heard from us in a long time, and the reason for that probably became more and more obvious with time: I’m sorry to inform you that Perpetuum is not actively developed anymore…”
“In the meantime, premium currency and DLC has been discontinued from the main server,…

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This is a pretty shitty thing to do honestly. Not professional at all. They admit that it was “obvious” why their playerbase wasn’t hearing from them, yet they stayed quiet as a churchmouse while (I assume) they still had players supporting them, buying DLC and currency.

It’s like if someone you dated for awhile stopped calling, didn’t come around and didn’t let you know what was going on, so you assume the worst happened to them (because you care) and then they said “Oh, if it wasn’t obvious, I broke up with you.”

Sounds like they deserve exactly the ending this game is going to get… obscurity.

Things aren’t supposed to be “obvious” to customers; you’re supposed to act like you give a damn about them and release information along the way so they KNOW what’s happening, not after everything goes busto.

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zeko_rena

That is what I was thinking as well kind of like “we’ve given up but don’t announce it yet lets milk it a bit more”

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Greaterdivinity

Damn…I should probably log in and give it a bit of a spin before anything happens. Picked it up a while back with every intention of playing, but never found the time/motivation to really dive in : (

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Minimalistway

This is the first time i read about this game, good for them looking for private servers.