Usually rogue servers and game emulators like to stay on the down low as to not draw any unwanted attention from the legal owners — and their lawyers — of those titles. But in the case of 2-D MMO shooter Infantry Online, the community operators have drafted a letter to ask for the help of the company that once owned it.
Free Infantry, which has been running its own version of Infantry Online following the original’s 2012 shutdown, posted an open letter to Daybreak Game Company asking for help to keep the game alive. The team pointed to Daybreak’s tacit agreement with the EverQuest Project 1999 rogue server as an example of the type of relationship that it would like to establish, and further asked for Daybreak’s assistance with development tools and to get the title fully listed on Steam.
“The game client that Free Infantry uses is still the original Infantry Online client,” the team said. “It uses DirectDraw which has more compatibility issues with each new Windows version since the client was released. Some of the tools used also require the zone developers to run them in compatibility mode which may not always work. We are unsure of how much longer the game client will remain usable, and would like to maintain and update it.”