Darkfall is a fantasy MMORPG from Ub3rgames. Players are able to create their characters and develop them the way they liked. The game is sandbox oriented and based in a PvP system where there are no safe zones. Darkfall was originally shut down in November of 2012 to make way for its sequel, Darkfall: Unholy Wars.
In its original incarnation, Aventurine's Darkfall was known to have more than a few exploits. Those exploits have remained in the code even after closing the game and licensing it to a pair of new developers to bring it back to life. The Rise of Agon team recently released the game to alpha where the same code being used by it and Darkfall: New Dawn has been datamined, thereby endangering the hack-free environment of both games.
With two companies signing licensing agreements with Aventurine Studios, the original developers of Darkfall, many of our readers have wanted to see how it is the two new versions compare side-by-side. We spoke with representatives of Darkfall: New Dawn and Darkfall: Rise of Agon to find out more about each one's vision and what we can expect going forward.
This past week Ub3rgames has been successful in finalizing a contract for the rights to DarkFall. This hardcore MMO has been a fan favorite on the site for years. So, we thought to chat with Marc Thompson from Ub3rgames about some of the upcoming changes and features we will see. DarkFall New Dawn is set to re-launch the game and bring back some of the old school fun of the original. There are a lot of updates the team is working on as well. Let's hear what Marc had to say.
Ub3rgames has announced the final negotiations have been completed with Aventurine and that the company has secured licensing for Darkfall Online. Ub3rgames is currently at work on its iteration of the game called Darkfall: New Dawn.
Big Picture Games has announced that it is now accepting sign ups for the initial round of alpha testing of Darkfall: Rise of Agon, a reboot of the original game. While no date has been set yet, devs say that the first round will include 500 players with new groups added with subsequent waves.
One of the two teams hoping to secure licensing from Aventurine in order to bring back the original Darkfall Online, Big Picture Games, has laid out the first details about how funding the project will happen as well as alpha and beta plans.
We have received word that a pair of companies each seeking to obtain licensing to bring updated / overhauled versions of Darkfall back to gamers worldwide. Ub3rgames' version is Darkfall: New Dawn. Big Picture Games will title their version Darkfall: Rise of Agon. At this writing, neither has managed to secure licensing, but both have reported progress in talks with current owner and developer Aventurine.
Aventurine CEO and founder Zad Mehdawi took to the DarkFall forums today to announce that despite player petitions there will be no rebooting of the original game. Mehdawi cited the company's commitment to making Darkfall Unholy Wars a much better game over time. He also thanked the community for their support and interest and reinforced the idea that Aventurine wants to be a company of which every player can be proud.
Aventurine Studios is looking into the technical issues to see if it is feasible to bring back Darkfall in response to player requests. A KickStarter is also being considered for financial support of Darkfall should it be relaunched.
A new poll has been posted on the Darkfall Online Reddit to bring back the game. It's not an official poll, but one to assess interest in bringing back what some feels is the better iteration of the series.