Idea Fabrik PLC acquires from Above and Beyond Technologies, Inc. the Science Fiction Sandbox MMORPG "The Repopulation", a craft and combat game, to bring it online in the first quarter 2017.
LONDON – January 13, 2017 – Idea Fabrik PLC (Boerse Berlin GB00B61CVK31, TI4.BE) today announced the acquisition of “The Repopulation” game from Above and Beyond Technologies, Inc. for an undisclosed amount and the relaunch of the title in the first quarter of 2017. The acquisition of “The Repopulation” expands Idea Fabrik’s activities and product portfolio beyond the game development engine HeroEngine™ and HeroCloud™ service. Following the relaunch all players will be able to log in with the same account information as soon as the testing of the game is concluded.
The development of “The Repopulation” (therepopulation.com) - one of the most anticipated Science Fiction Sandbox MMORPGs in recent years – began in early 2011 and has attracted over 50,000 players in one year after the launch on Steam®. The game has had two successful campaigns on Kickstarter; the first in June 2012 started with over 700 backers and then in December 2013 during the second campaign they drew in over 2,000 backers, growing their future player base early on. Building on the Kickstarter success, “The Repopulation” became so popular that it closed four additional crowd funding campaigns through their own website. After being “Greenlit” in January 2014, the game was finally launched on Steam® in December 2014 and started its successful addition of new players. With more than 13,000 public backers attracted over a three year period, “The Repopulation” grossed almost $2,000,000 from both Steam® sales and crowdfunding campaigns.
Alex Shalash, Founder and Chairman of Idea Fabrik PLC., said: “We are incredibly excited to relaunch “The Repopulation” game to the public during the first quarter of 2017. Above and Beyond Technologies talented team has created one of the most awaited MMORPGs in recent years and we are looking forward to bringing this exciting player experience to the game’s backers and players. With the addition of “The Repopulation” we will deepen our expertise as well as our experience by creating a more engaging development platform within HeroCloud and by stretching the limits of our HeroEngine technology.” Sarrene Grant, COO of IF Studios Inc., the operational arm of Idea Fabrik PLC, said: “Our first goal is to re-open game servers to the payers, and to begin the optimization and bug fixing as we continue to welcome feedback from players. Working alongside Above and Beyond Technologies the last few months we have gathered a lot of valuable information, however we will be looking to the community to help us spot areas they are looking for improvements in.”
Joshua Halls, CEO of Above and Beyond Technologies, Inc., said: “We have made excellent progress with Idea Fabrik’s team to be able to bring back “The Repopulation” to players and will be working together with Idea Fabrik to ensure a smooth transition.”
About “The Repopulation”
“The Repopulation” is a Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) set in a futuristic world. The game offers a host of features to MMORPG players over and above what is now available, such as full sandbox play, city building, random engagements, player and city sieging, and many more. As a sandbox oriented MMORPG with an eye on innovation, in “The Repopulation” the players have the freedom to walk the path which they enjoy the most, rather than being forced down a set of preset paths.
The action takes place on the planet Rhyldan, with the only known remaining human population fighting for their very existence. The indigenous life forms did not meet the colonization efforts with open arms. Worse yet, humans have managed to splinter themselves into warring factions.
The player starts in Plymouth City or Freedom Town, a new human settlement, where differences over DNA control and cloning have split the population into three factions, which are now at war. The players have the option to join and go to war with the “One World, One Nation” faction, the “Free People’s Republic”, or form their own independent “Rogue Nation”. There are many other splinter factions that the player can engage with along the way.
About Idea Fabrik PLC.
Idea Fabrik PLC. is an international technology company that develops, supports and licenses to game developers worldwide its massive multiplayer online game development platform HeroEngine™ and online service HeroCloud™. Idea Fabrik’s mission is to help developers build complex, content rich and fun to play games faster and cheaper than ever before. Idea Fabrik PLC. is a public company. Its shares are traded on the Berlin stock exchange under the symbol TI4.
HeroEngine™ is an all-in-one real-time game development platform which allows developers to build, test, prototype and launch in a collaborative environment online games, virtual worlds, educational and other simulations. HeroEngine™ allows teams to work either onsite or remotely for increased efficiency and lower cost. HeroCloud™ delivers all the features of HeroEngine™ as a PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) built upon Idea Fabrik’s revolutionary real-time server platform. HeroCloud™ service is delivered through a global network of data centers and is offering developers full access to an unparalleled set of tools and services to build and launch their online games and other projects.