Shocking almost no one, Dragon’s Prophet was yeeted off Steam

    
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Shocking almost no one, Dragon’s Prophet was yeeted off Steam

So, we have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that there’s a Dragon’s Prophet emulator out there that’s been running for several years, so if you’re really desperate to play the Runewaker MMO that first Daybreak and then Gamigo sunsetted, that option remains available to you.

The bad news is that the newer Dragon’s Prophet emulator that popped up a few weeks ago on Steam is kaput, kablammo, kablooey.

At the time, we were suspicious of the game’s entry on Steam, as we couldn’t find anything relevant on the supposed developer, BOBYGAME, or its relationship to Runewaker, and we were fairly certain that that was just an emulator misrepresenting its status. So along with Connor from MMO Fallout, we went digging for more information. The new game’s administrator claimed to MOP that he had “trademarks and patents” for the game and provided us with scans of documents in Mandarin that he said he had submitted to Valve as part of Steam’s approval process. Using those docs, Connor finally got an answer from an international sales rep at Runewaker who told him categorically that “BOBYGAME is not [Runewaker’s] partner.” The rep further confirmed that the Chinese documents we were sent had nothing to do with BOBYGAME (in fact, they most likely came from a previous source code leak).

And yet, until yesterday, Valve and Steam left the game’s coming soon page up, as hungry Discord participants eagerly awaited the supposed launch of the game. But once the launch hour came and went – and then the date changed – even the fans became suspicious. By evening last night, somebody – we assume Valve – had apparently nuked the game’s Steam page. And by this morning, the game’s Discord had been deleted, along with the game’s website. “We are sorry that we stopped Publishing and Developing the Dragon’s Prophet,” the only remaining message on the site says. “The reactions bothered us a lot. Our team does not want to continue this way and has permanently closed.”

One of the reps from the other Dragon’s Prophet rogue server added some more clarity in our comments last week, noting that a group of Turkish gamers attempted to “buy files and source code” from his team “about a month ago” and advertised themselves as “a new private server” to the players.

It’s a sad ending for a rogue server for a decent and well-loved MMO, unfortunately. Along with many of our readers, we’re generally in favor of game preservation especially for dead MMORPGs, but this particular developer was banning journalists on Discord, openly lying about the nature of his relationship with the IP owner, and issuing fraudulent “proof” of his legitimacy, not just to us but to Valve, making it impossible to support, especially when it was planning to charge for currency. If nothing else, it ought to be a lesson in how to navigate the tricky waters of running trustworthy rogue servers.

It should also be a lesson to Runewaker that there are a lot of desperate fans for Dragon’s Prophet, such that opening up a legitimate server would be welcomed indeed.

Update 8/17
MOP reader Tanek has pointed out to us that the admins on the Dragon’s Prophet Steam community page are maintaining their claim that they voluntarily removed the game because people were mean and not because it was exposed as a private emulator using fake documents to prove its relationship with the IP holder that expressly disavowed it. We’re including screenshots below of the two stickied posts left by the admins there, which malign the press investigating their claims, inform everyone that criticism of the studio won’t be tolerated, and include several random ethnic slurs in the middle of it all. It’s only fair that if I had to read through that wall of text, you have to also.

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Tanek

I love that the Wall of Rant takes up two screenshots.

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Jack Pipsam

Talk about cheeky.

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Aaron Weddle

I KNEW IT !!!

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styopa

Am I the only one who came here to find out what “yeet” meant?

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Bruno Brito

Hah

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Franklin Adams

I figure most of us who played UO and/or EQ at launch probably don’t know, unless you have kids of course.

I thought IRC slang was bad, but we had nothing on Zoomers or whatever asinine thing the Sociologists are calling that Generation.

And get off my lawn for good measure.

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Carlo Lacsina

There’s 2 meanings, one is to basically get thrown/kicked/slapped/struck/flung out of something.

The other meaning, which I use, is synonymous with “hooray” or “huzzah!”

As in “Yeet, I finally got to max level on Maple Story”

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Utakata

“..is kaput, kablammo, kablooey.”

Kapisce? o.O

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treehuggerhannah

Glad that’s over with. I’m totally fine with emulators keeping dead or abandoned games available, but I have a huge problem with the deliberate misrepresentation. An emulator shouldn’t fake being an officially supported product.

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cursedseishi

I, for one, am perfectly fine with the term ‘yeeted’ used here. However, if people would like a proper verb? May I recommend ‘Defenestrate’ to you?

It’s yeeting, but yeeting for those who enjoy likely obscure references to 1600s Prague and a war or two the act may have enacted! Plus, it literally just means ‘to throw out a window’.

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Strykr619

Yeeted? Be professional please you aren’t on tik tok try to dance the renegade dance

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losludvig

you should try having fun sometime…

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David Goodman

No, i’d rather they not.

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Utakata

Tone trolling isn’t professional either…but people still feel the need to post them. Just saying.

Eliot Lefebvre
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Eliot Lefebvre

Yeah, it should properly be “yote” for the past tense, arguably.

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John Kiser

You know how it goes. One must yeet or be yoten upon

Eliot Lefebvre
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Eliot Lefebvre

And the angels shall yeet them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
-Matthew 13:42

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Bruno Brito

Ah, yes, the professional standards of… Strykr69

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Loopy

It’s missing 420 in the name.

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Connor

I think my favorite part of this whole ordeal was a comment I saw from one of the GMs before the #legal chat room was yeeted for the second time, that the negative coverage had pretty much killed the morale of the team working on this server. Oh I’m sorry, did exposing your shady and likely illegal behavior possibly awaken some deeply hidden sense of shame?

By all means this was a unique case. Never before in my memory have we seen a private server operator not only claim that it is legally licensed (patents and trademarks!) but to double and triple down on that claim when challenged not only producing fraudulent paperwork but to attempt to go behind the scenes and edit Wikipedia pages and create pages and create a fake company history to make themselves look legit.

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proto_bear

I just don’t understand how they assumed that they would get away with this…
Anyone could have seen this coming from miles away, and yet these people didn’t?