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Wurm Online co-creator steps back from development, says game is ‘doing well financially’

Following our report on Wurm Online’s upcoming development plans earlier this week, reader Bionicall pointed us to a different recent post penned by the game’s CEO and co-creator, Rolf Jansson, who says he’s staying on as CEO but is turning the development reins over to a dedicated team of passionate players.

“As many of you already know, Wurm is now mainly being maintained and developed by a group of volunteers from the player base headed by our Product Manager Budda, most of which are under contract. My involvement and role in development is diminishing as I’ve been at it for 13 years now and I feel a bit of a drain. Hence, I am educating myself in new areas since WU [Wurm Unlimited, the Steam standalone edition] brought in some breathing room for Wurm. I will remain CEO and do administrative tasks and stay involved in discussing the direction of the game but this group of active contracted players will henceforth be the ones taking strategic and day-to-day decisions much based on your input. This feels like a the natural way of developing the game and will be good for the longevity of Wurm and its continuous progress.”

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Wurm Unlimited is kicking ass on Steam

Wurm Unlimited is still hanging out in SteamSpy’s top 25 after one month of release. A press blurb from Code Club lead developer Rolf Jansson says that the fantasy sandbox also has the third highest playtime of all the games listed as well as an 82 percent positive review rate. He also reveals that Wurm is now available for both Linux and SteamOS.

“I’m extremely proud of the launch of Wurm Unlimited, and I think it is pretty amazing given that people actually run their own MMO engine,” Jansson writes. “This can feel slightly overwhelming with some technical challenges but we’ve made it as straight forward as possible: basically you click two buttons then locate your server in the LAN tab and connect.” He also says that Code Club is continuing development on both the Unlimited and the MMO versions of Wurm, with running water, sitting, and improved client performance next on the to-do list.

In other Wurm news, someone has made Tamriel inside Code Club’s game. It’s described as the “ultimate sandbox server,” though it’s worth noting that the makers haven’t modeled any cities from the Elder Scrolls series.

Source: Press release; Tamriel; thanks Milosanx!