Stronghold Kingdoms developer Firefly Studios claims to be making history today by becoming “the first developer to place the fate of entire game worlds in the hands of its players.” We suspect games like A Tale in the Desert and Shards Online might quibble with that, but the rationale is certainly interesting: The game’s upcoming expansion, Final Age, is expected to “give a single player, the Marshall of a winning House, the option end their game world with the press of a single button.”
“In this expansion a single House of players must conquer and capture all Royal Towers, a new PvE target on the world map, before deciding whether or not to press ‘The Button’ and close their world forever. Players are then rewarded with multiple prize tiers based on their rank and position at world end, with up to $500 of in-game loot each.”
The strategy MMO is also due to offer a revamped iOS and Android client. There is no date yet for those versions or for the Final Age expansion, so take heart: You don’t have to worry about some jerk deleting your mapserver on a whim just yet.