It’s a case of good news, bad news over at The Repopulation this month.
The scifi sandbox, which is now being handled by Idea Fabrik since the turnover from Above & Beyond earlier this year, released Update 10.2 today. The patch adds the player auction house, backer NPCs, and plenty of additions and adjustments to crafting. The scale of these changes apparently required a world wipe and restart for the NA server, which has now been renamed to Novus. The EU server was taken offline until and unless a larger community shows up to play.
The bad — or at least discouraging — news is that the developer said that it can’t make good on the game’s original backer tiers and will be delivering some sort of refund for them. “We are sad to announce that the purchasing of tiers will not be enabled at this time,” the company said. “We can not, in good conscience, sell a product which we can not support or provide content for. We’ll review the tiers to consider how to best compensate players. This may mean changes, but our intention is to provide you with proper compensation for your purchase.”
Update: It appears that the compensation won’t be in the form of refunds. In response to a player who requested a refund, IF wrote this:
“Since you purchased the game from Above and Beyond Technologies, you’ll need to request the refund from them. Idea Fabrik purchased the game and IP but did not inherit the debts of the company. The best place that I’m aware of to reach A&BT would be through the Steam forums for their game Fragmented.”