Spiral Knights, Puzzle Pirates to be preserved by former devs’ new company

    
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Fans of tiny older MMORPGs on the verge of extinction have cause for a bit of celebration this spring: A new patch to five-year-old Spiral Knights this week that updated branding to a new company appears to be the work of Grey Havens, a new company dedicated to preserving old games.

Spiral Knights/Puzzle Pirates Community Manager Eurydice told players back in April that the game had been handed over to Grey Havens, “a group of former Three Rings employees who have come together to keep the games and communities we love alive and happy.” Grey Havens’ official site explains, “Grey Havens operates games created by Three Rings Design back in the glorious first decade of the new millennium. Rather than allow those games to disappear forever, we have assembled a doughty crew to keep them operational for as long as we can.”

The MMOs on the list include both Spiral Knights and Puzzle Pirates along with several other games that the company has since made open source. Both MMOs were originally built by Three Rings, which was bought out by SEGA back in 2011. The name of the company is a reference to The Grey Havens in Tolkien’s universe, a transitional port between Middle-earth and the Undying Lands. Indeed.

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digi_owl
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digi_owl

I actually reinstalled Spiral Knight year or so ago, but virtually forgot i had it installed.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Ness199X It really was a nice little gem of an ARPG-type game.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Dope_Danny Yeah I remember Spiral Knights to be lots of fun but being limited to how far you could go and how much you could do sucked.  Guessing now the playerbase is pretty small too.

Cubixiii
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Cubixiii

Dope_Danny That changed a LONG time ago.  You should totally try it again!

Dope_Danny
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Dope_Danny

I didn’t even know this happened. I loved spiral knights quite a bit but energy systems put me off tremendously. The art and music alone is worth keeping around for a little while longer.

Ness199X
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Ness199X

I’d completely lose my shit if they open sourced Spiral Knights somewhere down the road. One of my all time favorites even though I don’t play anymore. That game’s vibe was phenomenal.

Vexia
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Vexia

This is great news. I’ve got a lot of love for Puzzle Pirates; it was one of the first MMOs I played, even before World of Warcraft. If puzzles are even remotely your thing, I’d highly recommend its cooperative ship play. This is one little game I’d be extremely disappointed to see sailing off into the blue.

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deleted_72410797_Enikuo

I’m going to check out Spiral Knights again. The last time I tried it the lag was pretty bad, but maybe that has improved now that is being looked after by its former creators.

schlag sweetleaf
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KidWithKnife
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KidWithKnife

Wow, that’s awesome. I’m not into either of their games but all the same I love that there are companies like this one and Broadsword who’re keeping old games running. I think games are the only entertainment media out there thst you can normally expect to just go away at some point, either due to server shutdowns or compatibility issues, and it’s a real shame. I hope they do well.