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City of Steam : Q&A Reveals Mechanist's Plans

Posted Oct 25, 2013 by Suzie Ford

A new internal Q&A at Mechanist Games reveals a lot of new information about City of Steam and the relaunch of the game in November. Mechanist Games recently reacquired the English language rights to the game and has plans to republish it as City of Steam: Arkadia.

English Community Questions

Are you going to back your original Alpha and Beta supporters?

Yes. We will recharge all original supporter accounts their total Electrum’s worth on the new Mechanist servers. We want to restore faith in our players, especially those early adopters who believed in us.

Will the characters in R2's server be transferred?

Mechanist will be opening new servers, not continuing R2’s servers. But to honor the loyalty of returning players, compensation will be given on these new servers based on the specs of their old characters. We have a strong desire to give everyone the fresh new start this game deserves, but we also really want to thank the loyal players who stuck with City of Steam and welcome them home, whether they spent Electrum or not. That is why their accounts will be compensated on the new servers. Please understand how starting fresh and honoring loyalty conflict with each other –it is a very tricky situation for us, a sensitive topic, so we can’t release any more information until we are absolutely sure on the details of the compensation.

Will the developers be active in the community again?

The PR department had to be completely laid off, making us a much more development-focused team. The community personalities we used to have aren’t with us anymore, so there won't be enough manpower to respond to players as we did before. However, you’ll find that maintenance, patches, content and new features will be updated regularly, as you’d expect from any MMO. We will make the effort to respond to the main questions by the community every week or so, depending on how much time the developers have.

Will the game be reverted back to how it was in CBT?

We can’t be sure what exactly this means, but we think the answer to this question is “No”, based on what you liked and didn’t like in all the 1.X versions. But similarly, it won’t be like the 1.X versions either. The changes between version 1.3 and version 2.0 are very large, so drawing comparison could be speculative or misleading.

What is Mechanist’s plan for City of Steam: Arkadia?

Mechanist is not a massive publisher, so our only game needs to sustain long-term development and suit browser-gaming demographics better in order to keep alive. Being a browser game with an optional downloadable micro-client, it is neither comparable to a client-install MMO nor a social platform browser game in that sense. It’s something else, and many folk have trouble deciding what that is. We want CoS: Arkadia to be a fresh experience for old and new players, no matter how you classify it.

Read the full Q&A on the City of Steam: Arkadia site

Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom
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