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Topic: Legacy of a Thousand Suns / Regrettably Suns is shutting down, effective February 29th

Greetings, Captains,

Over the course of the past few months, we’ve tried to maintain and open and honest dialogue with you regarding the status of Suns, both financially and otherwise. We’ve taken your feedback, discussed it at great length internally, and poured over countless spreadsheets, logs, and rows of data for the game. After a great deal of discussion, it has become clear to us that, as hard as it is for us to say this, Suns will not be able to make the turnaround necessary to sustain itself and we will need to shut it down.

As we’ve indicated in previous posts, we’ve sincerely been working hard to avoid this scenario. Suns is a special game; the fact that it has been live for so long is a testament to that. Very few games from the era when Suns was started are still around, let alone have been updated with as much content over the years. The unfortunate truth is that there’s simply no recovery for Suns at this point; the trending loss of players and revenue over the past several years has cut too deep, even after we’ve explored and simulated an exhausting number of options and scenarios.

Q: You said there were plans and ideas that would prevent this; what changed?
[A: The team has been brainstorming and planning measures to prevent this exact scenario, as we really wanted to keep Suns running. It’s as hard to hear as it is to write, but after digging deeper, we came to realize that even our best conceived plans of an intensive recovery would be a costly gamble and not guarantee the game’s future stability or sustainability.

Q: Does this impact other 5th Planet Games products? Will other games also follow suite?
A: While Suns Web and Mobile are closing, Dawn and Curio Quest are healthy and performing exactly how we hoped they would. There are currently no signs that point to our other games following this path. That said, there will almost always come a day where a game doesn’t make sense to support anymore. Many companies go through that, but we’ve been incredibly lucky to have a fantastic player base who cares about the games we produce and helps us keep the doors open. Again, to be clear; this does not negatively impact the other games in our studio.

Q: Is 5th Planet Games still profitable? What’s happening to the company?
A: 5th Planet Games is still profitable and doing well as a whole, which we realize may make this news harder to accept. The company is in a good spot and we’re always taking larger steps toward the future, but that success is based on the strength and health of our other games right now. It’s important for us to continue running our other games and actively work toward releasing new titles; to do that we need to be smart about our financial decisions. While it’s incredibly hard to make the call to shut Suns down, it is ultimately the most responsible choice we can make to ensure that we can continue offering great experiences to our communities as a whole for years to come.

Q: How long will the game and forums remain online and available?
A: GS purchases have been disabled immediately, but the actual server will remain online and available until Monday, February 29 at 20:00 Server Time (GMT), after that point you will no longer be able to access the game or the forums. We’ve also disabled character creation as of today; anyone who made a character prior to today may continue to play the game until Monday, February 29.

Q: What about the the time I’ve played and money I’ve spent?
A: Purchasing has been disabled, but we’ve put together several Welcome Bundles for our other games as outlined below. As you can see, we’ve created tiers based on investments of both time and money into the game. By submitting a Support Ticket, you will receive the highest tier you qualify for as follows (so if your level puts you in Tier 2 but your purchase history puts you in Tier 3, you will receive tier 3):

Please see the post here for tiers of Welcome Bundles: http://www.legacyofathousandsuns.com/forum/showthread.php?20947-Regrettably-Suns-is-shutting-down-effective-February-29th

Q: Why should I play one of your other games? I’ve invested so much into Suns and now it feels as though it’s for nothing.
A: Even though Suns is closing its doors, we sincerely hope nobody feels as though their time in its universe wasn’t worth anything. We’ve all grown together as developers, players, and friends; we’ve gained a great deal of experience along the way, alongside all of you. Even though the game hasn’t been profitable for a long time, we hope you feel as we do: nothing lasts forever, but these memories and experiences that we’ve shared are pretty darn close.

If you’re interested in continuing to make memories with us, you can refer to the transfer packages listed in the question above this one.

Q: What does this mean for the developers working on Suns?
A: We all wear a lot of proverbial hats here at 5PG, and the Suns team is especially multi-talented. They’ll continue to work on our other existing products as well as on a couple of our upcoming games that are nearing release.

Q: I’m very angry about this…
A: And that’s entirely understandable; we’re upset about it, too. We’ve worked hard on Suns for over five years: developing worlds, characters, stories, environments, and connecting with you, the players, along the way. This decision did not come easily, nor without its fair share of deep, emotional reactions for the team internally. This is hard for us too. It’s more than a game; it’s a passion, it’s a tight-knit community of friends, and seeing it go away really sucks.

It’s normal to feel angry, sad, or frustrated by this news. It’s natural when something you care about is ending. Discuss your feelings and express them with the development team in the forums. It isn’t easy, but we truly want to try and be there for you to help make the best of this transition.

Q: What’s the plan for the future? What’s happening in this final month?
A: We’re going to throw caution to the wind and release some pretty crazy items, all for Credits. We’re also going to try to release every World Raid or Rare Spawn that we possibly can. We want this to be an epic going away party and everyone is invited.

As we look to the future and fondly remember the past, we want to thank you all for sharing this once in a lifetime, amazing journey with us. It has been a wild ride, filled with peaks and valleys, tears of joy, tears of frustration, friendships, and adventures. While we wish the circumstances were different, we’ve been honored to share this journey with you, the players who made the dream of Suns into a reality for over five years.

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: General / Patch delayed 1 hour

Today’s maintenance has been pushed back 1 hour, to 20:00 server time, to accommodate more awesomeness being included.

 
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Topic: Kongregate Multiplayer Games / [Legacy of Heroes] Tempus Expansion Rollout

Originally posted by Setirb:

Don’t forget we will get new cards in forge (although the other ones will be gone :( ), and we might get an new issue with new card drops and quest/brawl craftable cards.

This is just a heads up for the biggest change the update will get to prepare people up. These aren’t the patch notes that inform us of everything new added/changed in game.


This.
 
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Topic: Kongregate Multiplayer Games / [Legacy of Heroes] Tempus Expansion Rollout

Originally posted by timewar:

So if you’re a free player, nothing in this update is for you? In fact it seems to hurt free players…

There are a ton of new cards in Draft packs from the Tempus expansion for the next month, which should give free players a chance at brand new, powerful cards.

 
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Topic: Kongregate Multiplayer Games / [Legacy of Heroes] Tempus Expansion Rollout

Hello, Emergents!

  • Today I wanted to outline how the first expansion, Tempus, is going to finally roll out.
  • During today’s regularly scheduled maintenance, all of the preview 2 cards will be taken out of the base packs. For one month, only base cards will be found in these packs. After that month, the first preview of volume 3 cards will be rotated in.
  • This means you will no longer find any Tempus cards in Glory, Cosmic, or Prestige packs.
  • The crafting materials found in base packs will be removed and replaced with two new, single color craft mats that will craft two new cards.
  • A new pack will be introduced, called a Tempus pack. This pack will consist of only Tempus set cards, from preview 1, preview 2, and a bunch of new, never before seen cards. This pack will be on sale for only a month. (note: This is a change from the previous set roll out plans.)
  • Tempus packs will have a single color crafting material that will drop 100% of the time from an opened pack. 5 of these crafting pieces can be exchanged in the Forge for a new Tempus Legendary card.
  • Draft packs will contain base cards and cards from the Tempus expansion pack for one month only.
  • This Friday at 1pm Pacific time (20:00 server time) we will be running our first ever release event! For 3 hours only, we will be changing the Draft system to use Tempus packs instead of Draft packs. First place in a Draft will get you 2 free Tempus packs, 2nd and 3rd will yield 1 free Tempus pack, and 4th place will award 1 free Tempus coin. So if you win a match, you win a free Tempus pack. This is a great way to celebrate the new expansion if you were already planning on buying some packs; it will be some extra fun and can get you some extra free stuff too! (You will receive your 3 Tempus crafts for your packs opened while Drafting)

We hope that this answers any questions that people might have. We understand that this might be the first time that some people have experienced cards rotating out of circulation, so there might be some confusion or frustration. As always, no card is truly gone forever, there will likely be some way in the future we introduce these cards back into the system.

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: General / Petition: Recording of Felendis

Haha, not sure how I missed this thread, it is awesome :)

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: General / Raid Link Change

1) Reducing game lag > any script.
2) We tested it with SRDotDX and it worked fine, it actually made joining raid trains from chat really fast. The only change was after you finished joining raids you had to reload the whole page or click on the ‘Reload Game’ button at the top of the frame (found next to the Facebook Like button), which does not reload the page or chat.

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: General / Raid Link Change

Today we made a change to how you join raids, you will get a landing screen now instead of loading the entire game and all your items/settings/raids/records/etc. The intent of this change is to help with the game lag, an issue we are continuing to work on.

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: General / Personal Raids Borked

Originally posted by aar118:

Good because my Small Raids have been locked for a while now :D

They should be fixed now

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: General / Downtime is almost complete (What now?)

If you were having Guild Raid issues before, can you fresh your page and try again please? We would like to know if it worked or didnt work. Thanks.

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: General / Personal Raids Borked

Looks like we got about half the guild raids fixed, working on the other ones now

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: General / Personal Raids Borked

There is a known issue with Guild Raids, we are looking at that now

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: General / Personal Raids Borked

In theory, personal raids should be unlocked now.

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: General / Downtime is almost complete (What now?)

We are fixing some raid indexing to address lag and working on unlocking personal raids. We are also giving refills

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: General / Downtime is almost complete (What now?)

http://www.kongregate.com/forums/137-dawn-of-the-dragons/topics/290004-personal-raids-borked

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: General / Personal Raids Borked

There is a known issue with personal raids being locked right now. At this point the team has been going at 110% for the last 11 hours or so and their brains arent working too great. The game is up and outside of this issue and some minor random reports, things seem to be ok, so the team is going to tackle this in the morning with fresh eyes and some reinforcements.

This is a game wide problem and we are going to try to fix it as such, so no need to report issues with raid timers right now. If that changes, we will let you know.

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: General / Downtime is almost complete (What now?)

Originally posted by AndrieiK1:

Latest raid situation:
Personal Raids – in cooldown, as they should be.
Small Raids – locked – INCORRECT
Medium Raids – locked – INCORRECT
Large, Epic, Collossal Raids – all open to summoning, as they should be.

I checked it after refreshing to be sure. Thank you for your attention.

Check your small/medium now pls, after refresh

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: General / Downtime is almost complete (What now?)

There seems to be an issue with the Personal sized raids, looking at it now, they are not unlocking correctly

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: General / Downtime is almost complete (What now?)

Originally posted by Kalgarm:

i never summoned one but it still says locked and i can’t find the raid anywhere in my list

I only show your Large raids as still open

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: General / Downtime is almost complete (What now?)

Originally posted by matdav:
Originally posted by Felendis:
Originally posted by matdav:

My personal raid summons are still locked.

Try now please

Now not only my personal raids, but my small, medium, epic and colossal ones are also locked (and I have no such raids summoned)!

Refresh and check now please

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: General / Downtime is almost complete (What now?)

Originally posted by Kalgarm:

Still locked

Did you refresh the game?

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: General / Downtime is almost complete (What now?)

Originally posted by Burnitdown420:

my small raids shouldnt be locked i had an active nm dl that i was not dead and its just completely disappeared no loot and not in any of my 3 tabs

At this point if it was active and not showing up anymore, its gone. I can unlock any raids you have locked though.

Your small raids should be unlocked now

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: General / Downtime is almost complete (What now?)

Originally posted by thortag:

my personal raids still locked, but small raids fixed unfortunately

Try now pls

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: General / Downtime is almost complete (What now?)

Originally posted by Kalgarm:

My personal raids are locked yet i have not summoned one, and i do not see a live one.

Try now pls

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: General / Downtime is almost complete (What now?)

Originally posted by llamazor:

Hey Felendis, thanks for everything – not only your hard work (and everyone there), but also your patience with the rabble and generosity with the gifts.

Everything is running like lightning; I’m really impressed. The only thing that still seems to be bugged is the NM DL (myself and a few others so far had them active and they are currently disappeared; I had personally summoned one and Small Raids is still “Locked” despite the NM DL not appearing in my New, Active, or Completed raids). I’ve only heard this from one other so far, but it also appears that Personal Raids may be locked for certain people.

Are they unlocked now?