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.

Source: Official site. Thanks, saryent!
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LunastariaSpiritDiva
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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 !

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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 :)

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HolyAvengerOne

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

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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.

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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!

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HolyAvengerOne

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

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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?

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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.

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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