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MMORPG | Genre:Fantasy | Status:Final  (rel 12/08/03)  | Pub:Virtrium
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Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted Forum » General Discussion » So whats up with Istaria now?

8 posts found
  Camthylion

Apprentice Member

Joined: 10/25/08
Posts: 229

 
OP  10/28/08 3:36:48 AM#1

last time I played the game I played for about a month this was when it was very first released... I canceled due to in game issues and the fact I thought WoW was a better pick.  Then about 1 year ago I desided to retry this game and it was the same as when it launched...  and the CSR team was terrible I got billed for 2 extra months because of errors in there billing page not letting people cancel ever sense then I kinda been pissed at this game it shifts around alot seems unstable.  my question is have they fix the billing issue and have they fixed alot of the bugs? and lastly the only thing I would come back for have they added any new content or gameplay features thats fun?

  shadowmage

Advanced Member

Joined: 4/20/03
Posts: 188

10/28/08 12:23:40 PM#2

The owners from a year agao, EII/PMI/Oh who ever they are, are gone now and some of the orginal Dev team now own the game. The billing issues are fixed and no one has had any problems but for PayPal forgeting to renew them. It should be much better then it was at release. they have been hard at work fixing bugs and such. It is a little slow going as they are still a small team but are growing. Todays patch is hoped to bring the Holloween event. A lot of conent has been added from launch and even a little conent from a year ago was added. They are currently working on Elder game contant, the Blight Labyrinth. Also currently plot reclaiming is going on, so plots and lairs are available if your interested in that. But the best bet woul dbe to do a trail account. if you submit a ticket to thier new support site with your old account info I do belive they are giving out trial time for people to come back and try the game again.

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  dand3

Novice Member

Joined: 7/24/03
Posts: 241

11/27/08 5:11:22 AM#3

Whoosh! From the first month of release to now?  Many bugs mashed, new critters, new continent, new islands, the Dragons' Rite of Passage to gain adult form and flight, the Ancient Rite of Passage (both magnificent quest lines imo), the great general improvements in dragon play, a complete revamping of the beginning tutorials and low level areas, plots, player buit homes, lairs, and shops, and a lot of work optimizing the game client.

The current owners, Virtrium, are devs from the pre-EI/PMI era, and are very capable.  Perhaps even more importantly, they have shown a willingness to discuss possible new features, listen to the player base, and make changes based on player reaction.  I only know of a couple of other games that are as well managed.

  RedwoodSap

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Joined: 3/09/07
Posts: 1249

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12/01/08 7:29:44 AM#4

When is a fresh server start going to become available? I want to rebuild the world from scratch.

  dand3

Novice Member

Joined: 7/24/03
Posts: 241

12/01/08 2:48:02 PM#5

I do not expect a new server anytime soon.  The world rebuild projects (in my opinion, the worldbuilder types don't agree) are a bit dull; build a bridge, build a mine, that sort of thing. 

Many players get more of a kick out of building their own houses, lairs, or shops.  The plots were recently resized, the minimum size got increased quite a bit, so a house and a shop usually fit.  Plots were reclaimed from ex-players, so there are plenty. 

  shadowmage

Advanced Member

Joined: 4/20/03
Posts: 188

12/05/08 2:49:16 AM#6
Originally posted by RedwoodSap

When is a fresh server start going to become available? I want to rebuild the world from scratch.

 

They have said it is imposable to start the world over from scratch. There is no way to roll back stuff like the race releases and such. The new races are pretty much part of the code of the game now and if they did do a freash new world all the past events would be already completed.

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  RedwoodSap

Novice Member

Joined: 3/09/07
Posts: 1249

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12/06/08 2:58:32 AM#7
Originally posted by shadowmage
Originally posted by RedwoodSap

When is a fresh server start going to become available? I want to rebuild the world from scratch.

 

They have said it is imposable to start the world over from scratch. There is no way to roll back stuff like the race releases and such. The new races are pretty much part of the code of the game now and if they did do a freash new world all the past events would be already completed.


 

Then the game will die because without a fresh server start they won't attract new players. I don't believe they can't revamp the code, it just requires work.

  shadowmage

Advanced Member

Joined: 4/20/03
Posts: 188

12/06/08 6:26:53 AM#8

Well It was a while since I saw the reply but may have been more of it is not worth the work to do it when the effort could better be used else where. The game is attracting new players, no not in the waves a New server would draw, but they are in the black right now and I do not think a new server would move them that much farther into the black then they already are. I personaly would rather them spend money and upgarde current servers more then I would rather see them get a whole new server.

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