The Repopulation is back up and running

It might not have been everyone’s ideal scenario, but the fact is that The Repopulation has come back under new management — and you can access the game once more. The new owners announced that the sci-fi sandbox is now back up and running for previous players (new ones will have to wait until later this month, when the early access will be made purchasable once more). It is also on Steam.

The studio said that there haven’t been any significant changes to when we last saw the game in action: “It’s important to note that this is still early access, the current server status is identical to how it was before the shut down and it is still in an alpha state. This is to allow all players to play the game again and submit up-to-date bug reports.”

Even if the game hasn’t changed, the website certainly has. The new owners are revamping the site and have already migrated the old forums as part of this. There is also a Discord channel for Repopulation fans to chat with one another.

Source: Newsletter. Thanks HolyAvengerOne!
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Rodney Perry

I helped kickstart it but I don’t have much hope for it anymore. Seems like The repopulation is now Bernie in Idea fudgesticks’ production of “Weekend at Bernie’s.”

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Koshelkin

With the current drought of Science-Fiction MMO’s… let’s hope this game sees some progress now.

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shadanwolf

I’m very surprised it has re-surfaced.

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Yangers

I logged in last night. As janky as i remember. Rocking those lowest settings lol. Still enjoyed pottering around though :-)

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glitchy_girl

I’m VERY glad the game is back! :)

As is, the game had it’s problems and from my perspective, what really amounted to financial issues on ABT’s end, and some internal politics stopped what should have been the development of what is going to be an awesome game.

As is the game was in it’s alpha stages when it closed – as such the bugs where there, and it didn’t run as well as it could have. Either due to redundancies, or just other lack of familiarity with HE itself.

For example – I forgot where it was mentioned, but it was revealed ages ago on the old forums that when zoning, the server would reload your inventory each and every time you crossed a zone line. As a result, if either the server or your connection hiccuped when someone crossed a boundary line you’d see the loss of your inventory, or crash. Each of these obviously requiring a restart to fix.

Now, putting aside the controversy surrounding what happened with IF/HE guys, and ABT. (Which is mostly speculation aside from some posts here and there) I believe that the game is in the most reliable hands that it could be in. That is that you now have the people who practically birthed HE working on it, fixing it, and optimizing it. So even if this were to be a far shot – I feel that this is the best shot if you will.

Now as is – I get the feeling there may have been some code that was not completely released when the servers went down the first time (I could be wrong) … because when I logged in this time the game looked better than I recall it looking (screenshots also support this), and it does seem to run far better than it used to. (If you want proof of this watch my stream recordings on twitch surrounding this… twitch channel is the same as my handle ). And for the sake of this I’ll also include some before and after screen shots as well.

This being, the new one being on the left, followed by the old picture that also had my character stuck with a common bug looking like she forgot to wear her seat belt. To add to this I also included another set of screen shots – obviously they are in different areas and the armor is painted in the newer screen shot. But you can notice the textures are more crisp, the hand no longer clips through the armor. Additionally there’s a difference in the mini map and GUI.

The next thing that also makes me feel positive about IF’s intentions is that yes they brought the servers up. But they also pointed out that the decision to open the servers to everyone will not be made until the first patch releases. Which also implies that they don’t have much interest in just grabbing money on an incomplete product and calling it a day.

This thought is further reinforced by the idea that IF is working to make Repop a showcase product for what HE is capable of. That is, how well they can get it to run, play, and so on. This alone can make HE money without having to rely on Repop as any sort of cash cow. All by simply being a good product.

And if that is not enough, if you look through the recent press release made about the acquisition of Repop. IF has actually even mentioned that they will continue working closely with the folks from ABT to help develop Repop. Now I will readily admit I don’t know how close knit they are in this. But it seems to be to the extent that Raynie, both GM, and Fragmented Support staff with ABT, was hired on by IF as well. So make of this as you will.

Long wall of text aside, I am happy that Repop is back, and I have a good feeling about the future of Rhyldan. <3

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Captain_Seli

The UI looks so much like SWG! That’s awesome.

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holyavengerone

Go go Repop! Feels good to be back on Rhyldan :)

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silverlock

Oh my god whats with the random background noise, it was giving me a headache. While it seems my character was saved all progress was wiped which was to be expected, I didn’t even think my character would still be their after all this time. I’m still in the tutorial section but so far nothing has changed.

The reason I stopped playing the game before was because inventory space is too limited for the vast amount of mats you need to craft anything. I mean you need mats to make mats that you need to make parts that you need to make an item. Which is great but again it requires a lot of inventory space. I had 60 hours in the game before and the most advanced thing I made was a chair.

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Oyjord Hansen

“The reason I stopped playing the game before was because inventory space is too limited for the vast amount of mats you need to craft anything. I mean you need mats to make mats that you need to make parts that you need to make an item. Which is great but again it requires a lot of inventory space. ”

Just when did it become fashionable to strangle users with such limited inventory space?! It’s a growing trend that needs to stop now. I’m looking at you, Project Gorgon, Marvel Heroes, LOTRO, ESO, and The Repopulation. I refuse to waste my valuable and limited entertainment time on playing the soulcrushing Inventory Shuffle mini-game.

You’re on notice.

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Bree Royce

AHHHHH

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Tandor

I’m waiting till Derek Smart steps in to save the game finally – at least the forums will be worth following then, he’s always good value!

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Oyjord Hansen

Bite your tongue! I want to like TR, and invoking DS’s name is the curse of death. Everything that loser touches turns to shit, fast.

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MesaSage

Good, we were running out of stuff to *ahem* discuss.