Survival sandbox Fragmented launches in early access

    
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Out of the wreckage that was The Repopulation’s 2015 has arisen a champion to help sustain interest in the project and serve as a prologue of sorts for the developing MMO: Fragmented. Above and Beyond Technologies announced yesterday that the multiplayer survival sandbox has officially launched on Steam early access.

This early access release was paired with a Day One patch that included changes to housing, PvP, and trade skills. Former owners of The Repopulation received a copy of Fragmented for free earlier this week, while any other interested parties will need to buy it to see what it offers. The game is currently 25% off on its Steam page.

Fragmented offers many modes and rulesets from which to choose, including PvP, PvE, online, offline, casual, and hardcore. Players can choose to host their own servers if so desired and tweak the game’s rules to desired levels.

Massively OP’s MJ Guthrie took a first look at the game on Monday:

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arsaidh sfrees80

This is completely wrong. Everyone at Hero Engine was affected by their issues. Idea Fabrik has managed to keep themselves afloat, and I can’t speak for their financial state as of now as we haven’t stayed in contact with them since we informed them of our intentions to leave in January. Their situation at the time was not stable though. And nothing we saw from them gave us any signs to encourage us that we would be in good hands if we stayed. We wish them luck though, as a number of indie games do rely on them and we have friends on some of those teams. But we personally couldn’t afford to take a leap of faith in them, and moved on.
As far as the only game affected, Repop was the only of those games that was bringing in any real money to Steam and which had a reasonable server cost to keep running. Repop’s sales (and Hero Engine sales) were cut off for months before we finally called it quits on Hero Engine. It’s funny you mention VoZ, because we know the VoZ team, and were in contact with them during the issues. To say they were unaffected is a case of revisionist history. They had a post about the problems before anyone else. We had kept it private but were aware of the issue and hoping it could be resolved without it hitting the public.

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Skyewauker sfrees80 Except we do kind of know why EQ Next was canceled…. The devs came out and said that they played it and it just wasn’t fun at all to them. Might we see another EQ some day? Possibly, however I think EQ Next was kind of doomed from the start. The idea of a more advanced (than trove minecraft etc) voxel based mmorpg just wasn’t going to fly in the long run. Landmark has its own performance problems without adding a ton more people and buildings into view along with a lot more mobs into the mix of things.

The game just didn’t come off that fun combat wise compared to most action combat games and they left wanting in the weapon skills etc and if EQN was developing that way I just kind of get “why” it was canned.

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sfrees80 http://www.ign.com/games/state-of-decay-year-one-survival-edition/xbox-one-20023993

It did very well on the XboxOne.  Thats called having a successful game , no?  

As for your comment about not wanting to get rich by making clones, I am not sure if serious bro.

The Repopulation is pretty much an SWG Clone.  Fragmented IS A CLONE.  They have nothing original yet. lol.
You really don’t know the business strategies of DBG, unless you work for them.  You don’t have a clue just like I dont on why EQ Next was cancelled.

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arsaidh sfrees80 The move to UE4 was a good move regardless. Hero engine is a joke and relying fully on their slution for the back end creates all sorts of issues if one day they just up and vanish…

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arsaidh Rebel Engie This is a spin off game and will give the devs more money on top of allowing them to tweak some systems that will be in place for The Repopulation. is getting redone in a new engine. You clearly don’t understand that fact and act like it is just going to be gone away forever. They are actively developing it now with some people doing fragmented. They need to remake all the game systems etc. The game should end up playing a lot better and feel better with UE4 as animations are already looking better and the gun play modes will be able to work a lot better too..

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arsaidh Rebel Engie This is a spin off game and will give the devs more money on top of allowing them to tweak some systems that will be in place for The Repopulation. is getting redone in a new engine. You clearly don’t understand that fact and act like it is just going to be gone away forever. They are actively developing it now with some people doing fragmented. They need to remake all the game systems etc. The game should end up playing a lot better and feel better with UE4 as animations are already looking better and the gun play modes will be able to work a lot better too..

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Lol no, is the 10.000 multiplayer pseudo mmo to milk money. Mmorpg or nothing else.

arsaidh
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arsaidh

Rebel Engie arsaidh This article relates to me not reading how? I read that article. My comments are about my thoughts on Fragmented, I did not enjoy it close to what I and many others enjoyed in Repop and how I wish Repop was back- the one we had before all the c***. My comments are about what I did not have fun in- Fragmented- and what I did have fun in- Repopulation.

Not about that article and how they could not do things in Heroengine and not about how they are going to make it again in a year or so.

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I am very disappointed in this game. It feels and plays just like Ark, in every way, just minus the fun factor. It has most of the art from Repop, but missing so much, even for an early access. 

To be honest, I had a lot of fun in Repopulation. I had some issues yes, but every client has an error log and you can see where some of those are going. Most of the errors in mine were script and missing art. I was never disconnected in Repop, it was an empty world, with the lack of players, but it was still fun with a lot of promise. 

I find it sad that someone decided to shut down Repop. I also find it funny-sad that they were the ONLY game to be effected by this supposed HeroEngine “shut down”. Can I have Repopulation back please??