The Repopulation has big plans for housing, combat, trade, and astronomy in 2018

So here we are in January, one whole year after Idea Fabrik bought The Repopulation from a beleaguered Above & Beyond. The new company got it back online last year, and how could it not, since it owns the engine, right? Today, IF’s published an annual update and roadmap to spell out just what’s coming to the sandbox in 2018.

The company says January has been focused on caching and performance, plus the new targeting system and newbie tutorial. As for the rest of the year, the team is working with an 8- to 10-week update schedule and a new patch numbering system to build out inventory fixes, a consolidated astronomy system, better harvesting and surveying, the farming and horticulture system, a unified race spec system, unified factions, updated guilds, crafting tweaks, new NPCs, a new dynamic mission system, camp spawners, the combat progression overhaul, player merchants, the auction house, the UI, and the housing revamp. It’s, well, everything.

And don’t forget the world revamp. “We want to give the players a full map instead of a partial world,” IF says, “so this will take the longest time development-wise and as a result will have a longer wait time.”

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CasualSlacks

Waiting and watching since 2012. I ain’t bitter, but I haven’t logged in for months either.

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Croquantes

Sure the game’s gone through some stuff, but the concept is still pretty solid and even though the game is rough, it’s still pretty fun despite being mostly unfinished. It can only improve with time. :)

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Sarrene Grant

Good evening,
It seems my original post was not approved. It may have been a bit long, so I can understand if that was the reason.
I wanted to address a few misconceptions and try to help and add a few corrections.
https://therepopulation.com/news/community/324-backer-perks-repopulation

Regarding the issue of Backer Perks/Rewards (Perks), this has been taken greatly out of context. In order to discuss the topic, we must first come to an understanding about what it is that Idea Fabrik purchased from Above and Beyond Technologies (ABT). Idea Fabrik purchased the Intellectual Property (IP) “The Repopulation”, it did not purchase the company ABT and thus is not responsible for their real-world liabilities. We have consistently drawn a distinction between out-of-game promises made by ABT (for which we are not responsible) and in-game Perks/Rewards (which we have and will continue to honour).

We acknowledge that some of the promised in-game Perks do not yet exist due to the partially implemented nature or absence of the game systems that would support them, which will be addressed over time as we complete/add those systems to the game.

The team and I have said consistently that we would be honouring all in-game Perks, and we have been doing so with what we are able to at this time. This includes anyone that purchased a Gold, Platinum or Platinum+ packages directly from ABT through their website outside of Steam or HE Games.

2017 December 29: “As Raynie stated, the inventory will be getting a bit of an overhaul as well as the membership perks. But do not worry, no one will lose space.”

2017 December 20: “Yes we do plan on honouring the pledge perks as well.”

2017 December 20: “We fully intend to honor the backer perks to the best of our ability. This, however, will take time. ”

2017 December 20: “There’s no need to be worried as your perks will fit with the game and your tier pledge.”
Perks 2017 01 19 raynie

2017 December 20: “They have said they are honoring backer rewards”

2017 December 20: ” Because of this, and our promise to honour in-game perks,…”

2017 November 29: “Perks will just simply add on to that.”

2017 October 23: “Hence why we were going through the perks, what they are, who gets what, etc.”

2017 October 22: “However, I do think that there are other ways we can combat this issue and still not have anyone lose their perks.”

2017 September 24: “We want you to know we consider providing you with adequate in-game compensation for your pledges high priority. To do so we’ve begun cataloging the perk information we were provided by A&BT.”
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2017 January 25: “Yes, all backer perks will be honored”

2017 January 19: “Yes! All backer perks will be honored so if you qualified for an in game NPC you will see that happen”

2017 January 14: “Good evening, I want to let you know that we will be honouring everyone that backed The Repopulation. If you are a player there is and will be no need repurchase the game.”

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It is never a good sign when higher-up devs feel the need to swing by comment sections, here, to specifically defend themselves. It does not speak to confidence nor healthy priorities.

I’ll just leave a case study here. When a player recently asked for a refund on your forums, the result was somewhat sickening. The correct thing to do in a situation like this is to direct the customer toward a contact to discuss the issue privately and come to whatever endpoint is able to be reached. Privately.

What happened? Well, the thread was left open. Why? I have no idea, because the only thing that followed were current players mobbing, harassing and getting pretty rabid. From my perspective, as a consumer, there was condoned and accepted harassment occurring on the IF forums. This isn’t some moral crusade. It is piss poor community management and insanely poor optics.

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Sarrene Grant

Good morn/afternoon,
I do not think of this as “defending” but instead trying to explain and answer some possible confusion around the Perks. We have been getting a lot of emails and tickets asking about them after the last few articles stating we were not honouring them. I am glad since this has helped several people out. For those that still have questions about the Backer Perks, we are always open to them.

I looked for any thread that resembled what you mentioned. I do see one that got a bit nasty, but that was another gent that came on and asked in a rather rude manor towards us, about wanting his money back. Though that was handled, the gent had a bad day, and this we understand. Other than that I have not seen anyone being harassed or mobbed. https://therepopulation.com/forums/repopulation/general/how-do-i-request-a-refund-13152?p=125875&hilit=refund#p125865

If you do find a post like that that I or one of the GM”s miss, please do let us know. I have not had to delete any posts since we took over the forum, and I have only had to lock a couple in the last year. However, though we do allow open discussions, I do not like to see any type of mob mentality where people are getting rabid against other players.

Anyways, I wish everyone a great Sunday, and even though a few of my comments here were deleted, I hope that my post and more to the point, article i linked to above helped explain some of the possible confusion to most of the readers.

Have a wonderful day! :)

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Grave Knight

And they’ll only change engines about a dozen more times.

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deekay_plus

the game is owned by the company that makes the engine. >>

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This is really exciting news!
I’ve done serious and extensive research through Idea Fabrik’s posts, and have found a LOT of information on backer perks (and follow this topic closely) and I don’t find ANYWHERE where they mention they aren’t honoring them…. in fact, through my own research I’ve found exactly the opposite.

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holyavengerone

*slow clap*

Good job, dev.

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schatzsucher

Nice Update.
Hope they ll deliver

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MesaSage

I thought they gave this thing the silver bullet treatment.

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rafael12104

Well, I guess if you live long enough, you can see the good guy become the villain. No, I’m talking about myself. You see, I just realized, I’ve become on of those hate gamers. You know the ones. They root for a game to fail no matter what.

Those hate-gamers, they are the ones that came up with the nickname Tortanic to describe SWTOR and they rail even now at the fact that it hasn’t hit an iceberg in 5 plus years. And they are also the gamers use personal attacks to advance their hate agenda.

I’m sorry. I am. Although I have not personally attacked anyone, I have been irate. I have pursued the wrong avenue to vent my frustration with Idea Fabirk and A&B.

So, I have decided to stop. But I have also decided to get my money back from IF and or A&B, whoever holds the purse.

So, good luck to Repop and their road map. IMO, it isn’t credible given the sources. I look forward to engaging in an effort to get my money back, no matter where that may lead. And I will continue to speak out against shady business practices and unrealistic plans and or expectations.

But, no more hate. Just the facts and assumptions and extrapolations based on facts. Oh, I do reserve the right to curse like a sailor on occasion. But only in a factual non hate filled way. ;)

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Liandreth

Good luck with your money! IF basically said Eff You, you want your money back, get it from A&B. They don’t have any money either. I’d love to get mine back. Between hubs and I, we sank way too much into this game. Especially with the backer changes.

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rafael12104

Yup. I have some thoughts about that. :) I don’t want to tip my hand but I’m looking to get outside help on this. I will let you and anyone interested know if anything comes of it.

Worse comes to worse, I will lose a little time. On the other hand, maybe there is still hope.

In any event. I feel better. LOL!

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Liandreth

Awesome. I really do wish you luck. :)

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Nick // Genghis

I wish anyone that has sunk money as a backer into this endeavor luck… Please let us know asap.

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Paul

Good choice – Hate is on the path to the dark side :)

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flamethekid .

yea let us know if you get your money back cause I’ll get mines back next

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agemyth 😩

This game really needed a roadmap. I hope they can stick to it and deliver on some of the promises of what people want of a SWG spiritual successor.