MMO players will recall that Darkfall’s original studio, Aventurine, closed down back in 2016, turned over the remnants of the game to a pair of player-organized teams. New Dawn, the more hardcore of the two, is all but defunct, but Big Picture Games’ Rise of Agon has marched onward with the flag.
Today’s announcement suggests that the tiny dev team – made up of only two underpaid programmers and a team of volunteers – found development challenging. But now it’s partnering with an investor/player overseas to expand to the Asian market with a new server and a bigger team of 13 paid staff, including dedicated QA and community management.
The studio does reassure players that the current version of the game is going nowhere and that the servers will remain separate. “Now I know there’s probably going to be an immediate concern that we’re abandoning our current server or its going to be wiped, we have no plans for either, just the opposite actually,” the team writes. “This partnership is going to increase our development resources and patches on the existing server, not decrease.”