Derek Smart on the dormant Alganon: ‘It will be back. I promise.’

    
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If you think you’ve endured long server maintenance and downtime on a game, you have nothing on Alganon’s playerbase. These loyal adventurers saw their game taken down for what was initially termed maintenance in November 2017 — and hasn’t come back up yet.

So it’s been a thing we do to check back every year or so to see if this legendarily long server maintenance has ended and owner Derek Smart made good on his word to restart this fantasy MMO. Smart said in 2019 that he was working on partnership deals to make this happen, but are we actually any closer to see this become a reality? Or is it a lost cause?

As first reported by MMO Fallout, Smart popped into the Alganon Steam forums last month to rehash hope: “I am working with some third parties on bringing it back — worldwide, this time. It will be back. I promise.” He further noted that he expects the game’s old accounts to be accessible since the data are “still intact.”

“It will be dated only in terms of HD art assets; but there are even older MMO games than Alganon; so I’m not overly concerned about it. I mean, look at Everquest, Runescape etc. That said, I am hoping to do some visual improvements to 2D/3D art assets at some point post-launch, like we did with the expansion pack.”

Back in December 2020, Smart told players, “I didn’t buy it so I could sit on it and lose money […] It will be back at some point because I have no intentions of abandoning it. There are lots of MMO games which are a LOT older, and still going strong. There’s a lot of work involved in taking an MMO offline, transitioning to cloud servers, finding worldwide (the game only ever launched in North America) launch partners, etc.”

Source: Steam via MMO Fallout
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Aldristavan

He Who Shall Not Be Named when he is, in fact, not named: “Just dropping in to tell y’all what I discovered on this and how all of you are stupid and only I know everything 1/????”

When HWSNBN is actually named: *crickets*

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Jim Bergevin Jr

I have more faith in Derek Smart bringing this game back online than I do CIG delivering a complete and working game.

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Nate Woodard

They are both awful people. Let’s be real.

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Utakata

Alganon who!?

…oh, that game. The WoW clone in mores ways than one, as I seem to recall. That had a rather spectacular take over, before we never really heard from it again. o.O

So now the question becomes: Would anyone still want to play this debatable quality game that’s fallen down many a memory hole?

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angrakhan

Last I heard from this guy was when he was alternating between popping the world’s largest aneurysm over CIG and being orgasmically giddy over the lawsuit by Crytek. However once that all fizzled out and his prophecy of the end of CIG turned into wishful thinking as CIG acquired a perpetual license to Crytek he all but vanished at least from these boards. Can’t say I miss him.

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Bannex

Wow I completely forgot this guy existed.

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Hydlide S

Don’t say his name, you’ll summon him!

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MilitiaMasterV

We remember. The name which shall not be spoken! (Kidding, but only kind of. I remember some of the rants…)

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Hikari Kenzaki

Don’t worry, no one said Star Citizen.

Dammit, Greaterdivinity!

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I follow this thread on Steam because I played Alganon quite a bit and would like to see its return. Unfortunately, the many opportunity windows for retro MMOs came and went and each one was missed. I fear by the time Alganon returns the interest in older MMOs will have passed and New World and Ashes and whatever else will have filled the gap many feel.

Alganon wasn’t a great MMO and had some issues from my perspective, but it was a pleasant time waster.

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Bruno Brito

Sigh…Look, i’m all for the new Smart, being a more rational, inside voice when it pertains to the industry ( as long as he stays collected ), but DS was never someone you should respect as a developer.

He’s doing wonders as someone who comments sometimes with ok-ish info. Let’s keep it that way. We don’t need him appeasing to the worst parts of himself, nor do we need these worst parts at all. We got enough issues in this awful scene as it is.

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Greaterdivinity

Can we just…like…not? Can we not do this? Please?

Maybe he should spend more time on his own “projects” and less time shitposting about Star Citizen.

Also top kek, he thinks older games that are still successful based on long, long, long established communities that have been playing for decade(s) is comparable to a much newer game without that kind of sticky community built into it. Can we stop taking this clown seriously already? Please?

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Raidervc

I know a lot of people love to give Mr. Smart a hard time, but here he is committing to bringing back a MMO with a relatively limited population.

Our genre sees five MMOs shut down now for every one that comes online, so I’ll give him kudos here.

That said, does he have any games online at the moment? Doesn’t he have a planetary/sci-fi shooter MMO too? What’s development on that looking like?

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Roger Christie

You meant to say the Internet Warlord should BE committed.

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Greaterdivinity

LoD looks like it got yanked off Steam, just a RTS spinoff left. I guess it’s still alive, or about as alive as it was years ago when it was already pretty dead – https://lodgame.com/news/20-10-02/

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Tobasco da Gama

So I was about to say that the only game he ever released in a finished state was Battlecruiser 3000AD, but not even that one was released in a finished state. So.

Anyway, no, he’s just a loudmouth who can’t put up the goods.