It's been a long while since the last news post here. Over 15 months, in fact. Last year I took a temporary break from this project to focus on other things, and that break lasted a lot longer than I imagined it would. In my absence it would appear that no progress has been made on the project, which I was disappointed by but not terribly surprised about either. Looking at the dust one has to ask themselves "Is this project dead?". Sadly, it certainly appeared so.
I have vowed to continue working on this project and not let all of our past efforts go to waste. I renew this vow with you now. I will continue working on this project while I still live, even if I am not always able to work on it consistently. The problem is that I have many other things going on in my life, as does everyone else on the team, and I/we are not always in a position to work on this endeavour regularly. It will take some work, but I am committed to rebuilding this game, this team, and getting things back on course. Even though doing so will require a lot of effort and certainly will not happen overnight. It's not easy to lift such a heavy and historied project off the ground.
My plan was to rebuild this project and get things moving again. But thanks to the power of open source, I discovered something wonderful had happened while I was away. Allacrost did not die after all, but rather continued on in a different form. And it has seen some great progress. This discovery is wonderful for a number of different reasons, both for Allacrost itself and for open-source gaming in general. After some deep consideration, last night I decided to utilize this new project to assist in the rebirth of the development of Allacrost.
I don't mean to tease you with the lack of details, but I'd rather describe this new project and my intentions with it in a seperate post to follow within a day or two. For now though, I want to make the following points clear.
Development on Allacrost has been dead for over a year.
I am in a position to spend time here again, and I intend to do so.
A new project related to Allacrost has been in the works and will play a key role in our revival.
I'll announce this new project shortly, so look for that post to follow soon. In an upcoming blog post, I will also discuss my own personal view on Allacrost, how to prevent development from stalling like this again, and my own relationship with the project and my life.