Mar 24, 2012

Brace Yourselves

Let's get this over with and rip the Band-Aid right off: Equestria Online is over.

See that heart in the top left? Imagine that ripped in half.
Read the explanation (and my completely unimportant thoughts) after the break.

On a happier note, Pony Kart just released an update video.


Applejack spaz at 3:20

Hopefully the guys behind this project won't let us down.


Okay, so I'm exaggerating a bit, but not by much. Raindrop, the one who had the idea of EO and the main contributor behind it, explains why in the link above. Or the text below, whichever you prefer:

"As the founder and owner of Equestria Online, I feel it is my right and duty to inform you all about what has happened. In a nutshell, the team has broken apart. Currently this project has ceased to continue on any further development and I will tell you why:


In early summer 2011, I started this project in hopes of creating a fun and free MMORPG where you could live in the world of Equestria as your very own pony. After several weeks of working on the project myself and investing my own money, I decided to recruit a team of volunteers to help me. To my great astonishment, we had become a huge success in very little time. I was happy to see such a large amount of fans growing and supporting the project. As summer ended, I accepted more and more help from fellow bronies around the globe, but was not able to keep up due to school. This made me decided to temporarily delegate my duties to someone else until I had the time to contribute more again. I was still very much active in team meetings though. Time went on, and I felt the project slipping away as there was little respect for my attempted contributions and requests. After a recent and very alarming argument with my temporary leader, my last straw was pulled. I removed him from the team temporarily until we could work something out. The leaders of each development department felt I had no such right to do so, even though I let him have that position in the first place. Most of the department leads then threatened to leave unless I stepped down as the owner of the project and gave away the name (Equestria Online). I refused.

It upsets me to see such a huge portion of the team leave, but that's life I guess. As of now, I hope to continue this project and maybe work on some more. I want to thank you all for your support and I hope you keep up with this website because we will try to get over this bump!

PS - I will try and get the forum up and running asap.

~RainDrop"

I'm extremely disappointed, but not surprised. Don't get me wrong. I'm definitely upset that they're fighting at the moment, but I've seen this happen before (and I think Dusty has, too), and it benefits nobody. flashback time Back in 5 B. P. (Before Ponies), I used to be really active with the Starfox fandom, which also had a very creative and talented fanbase. Many fan projects, fan animations, and fan games have been dropped because a) the team didn't have time to finish it, b) it's way too much work to do, or c) internal struggles, and Equestria Online is currently falling into the latter category.

In short, I'm sure we all hope they set aside their differences and get back to work on this and could it hurt to add the option to be a dragon?

5 comments:

  1. Well that sucks... I really do hope they manage to pull through in the end. I was planning on making an OIM clan/guild for that game...

    Active in the Starfox fandom, eh? Interestingly enough, I don't think I can say I'd ever been particularly ACTIVE in any fandoms before ponies... There are so many fandoms I love, but ponies just seem to bring out the best in everyone... even if the occasional butting of heads does come up.

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  2. There's still MLP Online, I guess.

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    1. Yeah, that's true. And why didn't I already think to change my avatar to my OC? You clever.

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  3. I'm not really surprised by the news.

    Also it seems Raindrops failed when she gave her team too much freedom. So guys, I'm going to have to crack down on y'all. Now I demand 1 post ever 10 tens from each of you! Get to work.

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