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Shadowbane Reboot

The Shadowbane Website (thanks nin and Wired/TenTonHammer) has details on Patch 22 for this MMOG that both went free-to-play (story) and killed its developer (story) shortly after launch. The update includes details on what's new and different in the patch, but also reveals that its launch will coincide with a complete wipe of every character and item in the game:

The Shadowbane Team decided that it would be best for the longevity of the game to reset all server and character data and start from scratch. By doing so, the game benefits in a variety of ways. First, we feel the community will be better served by being more consolidated and less fragmented. Second, resetting the game removes items that have accumulated over the years that have caused imbalances to the game. In addition, numerous updates and enhancements have been made to the Shadowbane service to improve the performance. Some of the changes were not as effective due to preexisting data and resetting the service will allow the servers to work under optimal conditions. Finally, this update also gives us a chance to address certain game issues.

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12. Re: Um, did they just say char wipe? Jan 30, 2008, 08:34 Satertek
 
This is a good thing. Shadowbane is a MUCH different type of MMO from WoW. It revolves entirely around PvP, you can easily hit the maximum level of 75 in a few days. There were tons of cheated items in the game and other fixes that this needed to be done for.

Not only are people not leaving, lots of new people are returning, looking at getting into the game again (or for the first time) because of the level playfield everyone will now be on.

 
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