today is the day of a sad personal announcement for me and my friend and colleague @Uriel, as we are officially resigning from the development team of Linkrealms.
Through these last couple of years, I've worked with Mythyn Interactive as developer, community manager and PR person, while @Uriel has covered the role of game and web designer. Although we have never been shareholders of Mythyn Interactive, we acted as if we were, taking a responsibility and putting an effort (even in terms of sheer working hours...) way beyond those of a "regular employee".
For most of the time Linkrealms didn't generate any salary for us - we were driven by our passion and love for the game as former players and by the hope to get it out of its unprofitable history. In the last months of work last year, we made the game's critical financial situation known to you. Eventually, we had to give up on the development of Linkrealms and decided to start a new MMO project. The reasons for such a hard decision were thoroughly explained here.
As to our initial plan, we started the development of the new MMO together with Mythyn Interactive. Sadly, this cooperation didn't work out, and we decided to part ways with Mythyn Interactive. The new project, to be announced in a few days, is developed by a new company we have formed in Italy with a larger team of young professionals, totally independent (including funding-wise!) from Mythyn Interactive. We have an innovative design, motivated and skilled team and we're working with state-of-the-art technology, so we strongly believe in the success of our new project. The officially announcement to the press will take place in May.
As you can see, I have already removed my forum developer tag. Before quitting in full, purely as a volunteer, I'm going to take care of the following issues:
- Refund the couple players who lost their items in [this latest incident](link url).
- Drop a last patch to improve server stability and create a safer backup system.
- Cut down on tools and optimize server costs to the point where running Linkrealms will cost Mythyn Interactive about 70$ per month.
After that, I will give up all admin powers and access to development tools, including this forum account. Once this is done, the future of Linkrealms will be entirely in the hands of Mythyn Interactive.
Although taxing and largely unpaid, it's been a pleasure to work on Linkrealms and meet many of you with real passion for the game, great ideas and personalities, so I hope I'll be able to keep in touch with many of you. If you want to contact me, you can find me at the addresses below:
Skype: email@example.com (yeah, just input the email address as contact name)
I might still play Linkrealms as a regular player from time to time, so there's a chance we'll meet there too.
Thank you all and best of luck,
Jacopo Prometheus Gallelli