The Repopulation says it’s been ‘quite the adventure’ as it gives a fall development roadmap

    
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Many people may have written off sandbox MMO The Repopulation a long time ago (especially when it changed hands), but perhaps decision was a little premature. The current owners seem dedicated to improving the game by taking what they were given and guiding it along with their vision.

“This has been quite the adventure, however, working in the new design into the game and keeping the same original theme and style has been a lot of fun,” the team said.

To wit, the team gave a report covering improvements done over the last two months — and what has yet to come. The report says that the complex item system overhaul is about halfway finished and a graphics upgrade to the user interface is running its paces on the dev server. Coming in the next several months include rolling out the new GUI, implementing small optimizations, improving NPC animations, and finally getting the full item system online.

MMO players will recall that The Repopulation was Kickstarted twice for around $230,000 and hit Steam early access in 2014, where it’s been ever since, excepting the year it was offline entirely thanks to the HeroEngine dispute that eventually saw Idea Fabrik take it over in 2017.
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CloudIncus .

Isnt there a new kid on the block trying to get the SWG pre CU feels GALAXIES OF EDEN. Doubt this one will succeed because no-one seems to understand what made SWG pre CU what it was. Plus they tend to want to use crap engines with tab target systems. Which people dont want in a blaster game.

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Toy Clown

Article aside, I love the picture used for this article and had to dig it up. Nice concept art.

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Brinto Sfj

I never expected anything from these thieves and they indeed delivered nothing. The biggest shock for me is that they are still here and selling this shitshow on steam.

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Vorender

The Devs must just be doing this for fun. I’m not knocking them for it. I think it’s pretty cool, but the game really doesn’t have much of a chance.

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Java Jawa

This is almost as persistent as Hellgate London!

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Relmharver

Yeah, these developers defy reason. Either they’re nuts, or there’s some sort of money being exchanged here that we don’t understand. Average of 1.5 players on Steam over the last 30 days, and who knows if those are a couple of the developers.

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Greaterdivinity

I don’t know whether the effort from the devs is a fools errand or laudable at this point. The HeroEngine site/socials seem to have been abandoned since late 2018 without any updates. I wonder what the heck is going on and how they’re keeping funded if they’re not pulling in royalties for HE outside of like, SWTOR (which I have no clue what those would even be).

I get that they’re a tiny team so taking a broken game and trying to rehab it takes time, but this whole affair confuses me.

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Vanquesse V

Once all is said and done, I’d love to read a deep dive into the history of the hero engine. I feel like that thing went from savior of mmos status to laughing stock in not that much time, and yet somehow it’s still there?

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Brinto Sfj

Only because of idiotic EAWare’s SWTOR.

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Vanquesse V

SWTOR is neither the only, nor the biggest game to use hero engine.
Do you have any sources on the finances of Idea Fabrik?

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Brinto Sfj

SWTOR is the only “big game” made with Hero Engine and continues to use it in a modified form. The other big game was to be ESO but they dumped Hero Engine after the thievery Idea Fabrik pulled with Above and Beyond.

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Vanquesse V

Sorry, you’re right about that. heroengine was only used for prototyping in ESO.
I am, however still very interested to learn anything what’s going on with them. They seem to have been absorbed by TGS Tech LLC at the end of 2019, but that company might as well not exist. 2/3 founders don’t even have a photo on their website.

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schatzsucher

Idea Fabrik is public traded at the stock market in Berlin Germany.
The valuation is very very small. But it seems like the Investors are covering all costs.

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Vanquesse V

I just can’t find any earnings report later than 2018, and even that was very vague about where their money was coming from. Their last update to the engine was seemingly also done in 2018.

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Yangers

I log in every few years, just to see what’s doing. It still runs atrociously, but I cannot for the life of me understand why they keep this going. A very odd story no doubt.

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PanagiotisLial1

Well if it is to ever succeed it will also need a re-population with players

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angrakhan

I want to like this game just the last I played it, it was a complete joke. I like the ideas they have. If they can actually get it playable, functional, and fun I’ll happily give it another shot with an open mind.