I'm Everquest bound,love the linkrealms feel but if there isn't going to be any development....i can't stick around. Come see me in Everquest on the Roleplaying server names Battlehammer lv 18 dwarf paladin. Hope something still happens in the world of linkrealms. Its a nice game.
If you've read the wall of text above, you will have understood why continuing to develop Linkrealms in its current form doesn't make sense. Expanding the team with qualified professionals is borderline impossible due to the technology being used, and fixing all the core issues with the current team would require a couple years without content updates. Even after that, game development would still be slow due to the underlying technology. A no-go.
That is why in the last couple of months we've been busy designing and picking up state-of-the-art technology for a new game. The already ongoing steps?
Building up a new team of motivated young professionals;
Founding a new company in Italy, where most of the team resides already;
Looking for startup incubators, business angels and investment funds to provide seed financing for the new project.
Hitting Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms (e.g. equity crowdfunding).
The aim? Giving you what Linkrealms should have been: a MMORPG that couples old-school vibes and mechanics to modern technology, controls, and UI.
What is going to happen to Linkrealms?
The development of Linkrealms will move on with maintenance patches containing fixes and minor content updates. It will hit full release on Steam in 2017 and continue to be supported after for several years to come anyway.
Are we going to get testing access to this "Linkrealms 2"?
Sure you will, including alpha access, depending on your current contribution to Linkrealms.
TELL US MORE ABOUT THE NEW PROJECT DAMN YOU!
Not yet! First of all, we really want to know what you think of what we have just told you, and what you think are the biggest flaws of Linkrealms in its current state. Mind, we're not talking of specific balancing issues, but more of large-scale issues. Those core thing that have always annoyed you so much and you know have annoyed a lot of other players too. Discuss here!
Thank you all for reading and for supporting the old-school dream!
Jarko it's great seeing you are still around! One question...
What is going to happen to all of the money I donated in the early alpha (when questor was lead dev)? Will that be converted into coins for me to spend when the servers go free to play on October 10th?
Jarko? Never heard such name!
Well, what you have spent wasn't lost. The old test server has become the Safe (PvE) server. Your characters are still there, and with them the credits you've bought and not used yet, and the premium items you've purchased. Actually, the credit pool is shared between servers, so you'll find it in the PvP server as well!
We have not forgotten about this issue and we are still looking for ways in which we can restore the realm items lost on the PvE servers. Rest assure that we will sort this out eventually, right now it's doesn't look like an easy fix so it will take time. You have been added to our task list along with this issue so it will get taken care of it's just a matter of time so hang in there, we haven't forgotten about you!
As for us just refunding you the items, the problem with that is we did not have item tracking at that time so we cannot verify which items were lost. Regardless, we will come up with a solution and let you know.
I know it's a pain in the ass. I already started collecting the items that was lost only main concern is the 3 portals I bought from the store the rest is just mainly seeds and a bird inspector. The bird inspector not a big deal
Well I bought it but the game is a bit lonly atm, I am in the graveyard if you want to join me in game.
The Test Server is open for Prince founders only, and it's quite empty indeed as one can expect. However, worry not: Steam Early Access launch is scheduled for May! That's only a couple weeks away! Then game servers will be definitely full
@lifefornazgul Just have purchased the settler founder pack... and noticed that only Prince has an access to the game. Why you don't want to open server till Steam access? You can lose a lot of players during this period.
Yes, before purchasing anything you should read very carefully. If it bothers you enough, maybe you can ask for a refund since the servers are not longer up till early access on Steam?
As far as LR losing lots of players during this period, I know you're really trying hard to try to get to try the game, but LR won't live or die with the servers being down for a weeks for the devs to focus on the patch and content for Steam, which is honestly more important. Patience is a virtue, we know.