We've covered Above and Beyond Technologies' The Repopulation off and on during its development and crowd-funding campaigns, and now it appears that the sci-fi MMORPG has been sold to Idea Fabrik, the creators of HeroEngine (which the game was originally powered by). Based on the reviews for their Early Access spin-off Fragmented, people who funded the original game aren't too happy about everything that has taken place, but hopefully this transaction will prop the game to new heights:
Above and Beyond Technologies sells "The Repopulation" to Idea Fabrik
Idea Fabrik PLC acquires from Above and Beyond Technologies, Inc. the Science Fiction Sandbox MMORPG "The Repopulation", a craft and combat game, to bring it online in the first quarter 2017.
In response to the amazing support from fans, Idea Fabrik PLC is excited to announce the acquisition of "The Repopulation" game from Above and Beyond Technologies, Inc. and the relaunch of the title in the first quarter of 2017. Following the successful resolution of outstanding issues, all players of "The Repopulation" will be able to log in with the same account information as soon as the testing of the game is concluded.
"The Repopulation" - one of the most anticipated Science Fiction Sandbox MMORPGs in recent years - has grown to over 50,000 players over one year. The game has had two successful campaigns on Kickstarter; the first in June 2012 started with over 700 backers and then in December 2013 during the second campaign they drew in over 2,000 backers, growing their player base early on. Building on the Kickstarter success, "The Repopulation" became so popular that it closed four additional crowd funding campaigns through their own website. After being "Greenlit" in January 2014, the game was finally launched on Steam® in December 2014 and started its successful addition of new players.
Alex Shalash, Chairman and CEO of Idea Fabrik PLC., said: "We are incredibly excited to relaunch "The Repopulation" game to the public during the first quarter of 2017. Above and Beyond Technologies’ talented team has created one of the most awaited MMORPGs in recent years and we are looking forward to bringing this exciting player experience to game’s backers and players." Sarrene Grant, COO of IF Studios Inc., the operational arm of Idea Fabrik PLC, said: "Our first goal is to re-open game servers to the payers, and to begin the optimization and bug fixing as we continue to welcome feedback from players. Working alongside Above and Beyond Technologies the last few months we have gathered a lot of valuable information, however we will be looking to the community to help us spot areas they are looking for improvements in."
Joshua Halls, CEO of Above and Beyond Technologies, Inc., said: "We have made excellent progress with Idea Fabrik’s team to be able to bring back "The Repopulation" to players and will be working together with Idea Fabrik to ensure a smooth transition."