Important Announcement Regarding Development

Hi all,

I will be addressing the public today in regards to updates with the project, staff, and community. 

  • As of yesterday (3/13/19), Jimmy will no longer be involved with the development of this game. This decision comes from comments that were publicly posted on the Fantage Community Discord server by Jimmy. The comments are deemed inappropriate, disrespectful, and an abuse of community manager power.
    • Jimmy has received multiple warnings regarding interactions with the community, and was found violating our code of conduct for the third time. We are dedicated to providing our users with a safely controlled environment that is managed by qualified personnel, and have therefore decided it was time to part ways with Jimmy. I appreciate all of the hard work Jimmy has provided for this game, and wish him all the best.
    • We are now searching for a new community manager to fill Jimmy’s position. The position details are posted on the previous blog post, and will be open until the position is filled. This position is administrative, and will have direct reports to the project leader. We are an equal-opportunity employer, and therefore encourage all users that are interested to apply.
  • We will no longer be endorsing the Fantage Community Discord server. Over the past few months, many of our community members have joined the server expanding it to over 1000 members, which is incredible. In place of the Fantage Community Discord server, we will be launching our own Plan Z Discord server. This will allow for users to more easily access, and discuss changes/events/news with Plan Z personnel. We will be releasing the Plan Z Discord server to the public within a few weeks.
    • I would like to thank Jiko, the owner of the Fantage Community Discord server for allowing us to use the Discord server that she created and maintains regularly. She will receive a special honor in the game, along with complimentary premium membership for a year. If you get an opportunity, make sure you take a moment to thank Jiko for her dedication to the Fantage Community Discord. She does a lot of work behind the scenes to keep it organized and maintained. It would not be possible without her.
  • We will no longer be updating the blog regularly displaying game progress. This decision comes from backlash we have received from the community that is unjustifiably unacceptable towards this team. The expectations some members in this community have set regarding how much control they have over what updates are posted, and demands that are created are not only rude, but disrespectful to all of the hard work my fellow team members and I put into development. I am disappointed in some of the comments I have seen from community members mocking our assets, progress, and or fellow team members. If you have made a comment as described above, this decision comes because of your actions. We see a lot more than you think, and this is direct outcome from it.
    • We are all taking time out of our own lives to create something that will be better than anything you have seen before, and this is how you treat those people? If you have made one of those comments, you have nobody to blame but yourself. For those of you that appreciated the updates we gave, I sincerely apologize for the disappointment you now have.
    • We will still poll the community every now and again when deemed appropriate. We still value feedback when it is necessary to proceed with development.
    • Development of Plan Z will continue as normal. The game is NOT stopping development.

I hope that most of you understand now how powerful a voice is, and how serious it can be. Words can not express how disappointed I am in the level of disrespect some of you have pushed towards this project that is designed to be something better than you have ever seen. Some of you do not deserve the privilege of participating in the development of this game simply for that reason.

That’s all for now,

-M

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64 thoughts on “Important Announcement Regarding Development

  1. Oh no!! I apologise on the behalf of all disrespectful commenters. You are right; being a part of this game’s development is an amazing privilage these trolls do not deserve! I didn’t get to see any of the bad messages but if I did I would have put a stop to them. We are so sorry this happened, and you still have our support, updates or none!

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  2. this is a little shocking but wow thanks for updating us and I’m really excited to hear that this won’t discourage the project

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  3. a lot of the backlash might be coming from the whole “premium membership” situation. if you think about it, lots of people began to hate fantage due to it being a cash grab and nothing but a scam. by you guys making premium membership having something to pay for, it just seems quite sad to players, hence why they are now mad you decided to have this decision. people like cpps, (club penguin private servers) because its /free/ membership, with /free/ items, only making you pay for very little things (like vip, which i think you guys should do.) as someone who used to code and make the ideas for stuff like this, i think you should take what i said into consideration.
    you guys are great, and what you’re doing is an amazing concept, but no matter what, you are bound to get backlash for anything. avoiding updates on blogs and etc won’t do much, you’ll still get backlash, seeing as its something that comes with life.
    however, i am quite sorry for the whole thing about jimmy and the backlash.
    definitely trying not to be mean, just some criticism 🙂

    cheers,
    anon.

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    1. Well I personally think you are wrong and everyone shouldn’t really have “free membership” and here’s exactly why. Back then in the good ol’ Fantage days, membership was just something to show your support and help keep the servers running, which paying like $4 a month for isn’t bad at all in my opinion. I am positive he won’t make the game feel like you *HAVE* to pay for membership, but you’ll get some great rewards just like back then how it used to be. Gold will be removed, MyMall will be removed… I just personally think membership is a good idea mainly just to show support, and it also gives that feeling from old Fantage.

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      1. Not even Club Penguin Rewritten have membership. If you think about it, having membership is just going to be not fun. They should just add in codes that you can get by paying, not membership. Having membership seems like a whole “play to win” game again, and I was a paying member back in Fantage. Once my membership ended, everything was shit.

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  4. I use the Discord server sometimes to pop in and check on updates. I was very suprised to see how disrespectful users in that Discord were. Sadly, I saw this coming. I’m very proud of how far your team has gone in development and I’m excited about the future. Whatever decisions you and your team has is up to you guys as a team, not the fans. We’re greatful for you even sharing this adventure of your project!

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  5. That’s such a shame! This was my only way of getting news because I don’t have discord. I will still continue to support you guys and I can’t wait to see the final project. I just wanted to say thank you for putting so much work into this project because it really means a lot to me!

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  6. I’m sorry people were leaving bad comments after you worked so hard. Thank you for doing this. I loved Fantage and I will be glad when this comes out. It’s a shame about Jimmy. Unfortunately, some people in the world make fun of others, no matter how hard they work. I hope you get a good new community manager. I will always support you guys and never say anything bad about this project.

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  7. I definitely support your decision to stop updating the website, I do want to apologize for all of the mean comments that others have posted. I do want to ask if a fashion show aspect like the one in fantage will be added. Thanks!

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      1. I really hope there’s a fashion show. That was always my favorite part. I also think it’s one of the iconic features when you think about Fantage. Many games have a Fashion Show aspect, but none did it like Fantage and it was really fun and interactive. Also, Fantage based it off points and not the popularity of user. A lot of games with a fashion show aspect have users try and dress their best and have people vote on them, but this honestly always comes down to popularity and it’s very annoying.

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  8. I just wanted to say that i’m shocked that so many people showed disrespect towards this project. I believe that this will be close to fantage and that you are working hard to bring back people’s memories and create new ones. you have great determination. Everyone misses fantage a lot but this will heal with time. A hacker name yolo used to hack me,twister and sunrise242 {my friends}. it was hard for us to have fun because she always could see what we say in chat and not inside outside in fantage. Maybe fantage has closed because of yolo this hacker who knows everyone’s password but with this new program i think she won’t be able to hack.
    – emily12151

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  9. Hi! This isn’t related to this post, but I’m not sure where else to ask. Will we have a limited number of spaces to add friends?

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  10. I have a question. Something I really liked about Fantage was their ecoins, a way for non members to obtain member items by daily logins or watching ads. Is this something that you might be thinking of doing?

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    1. I am curious about the currencies too. I’m a bit confused about them because I saw somewhere someone said “Stars” would be the only currency and that its the membership currency, but maybe that’s old/false information. I really hope there is a way for free to play players to get the membership currency, but I think they’d have to set up a deal if they want to do it in the form of ads with a third party which sounds complicated. So, maybe just from logins/contests?

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      1. Right now the idea is having two currencies, coins and stars. Coins are earned from mini-games and other events, and stars are purchased with real money as a premium currency. Stars resemble how eCoins worked, and coins resemble how stars worked. -M

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      1. Sounds reasonable to me. I’m really excited! Hopefully, once the game comes out I won’t just have a student debit card (I can’t make online purchases with it) and I’ll have a job to be able to buy the currency lol

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      2. Hello M, im just now hearing about this development and i just wanted to know if i could help in any way. i would love to be a help in this because i am a nostalgic teen and i would love to be able to play this game again.

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  11. Wait, so is there still going to be a membership fee? I’m not against it, but I think it would be cool to have free membership. I’m a broke and nostalgic teenager, though, so I may be biased…

    All in all, thanks for making the game! Finally, I can resurrect my old Fantage accounts!

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    1. I would love free memberships, but I know it would be hard to run a free to play game because they’d have no budget to put back into the game. They’re also working really hard of this a deserve to have a bit of profit

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  12. How easy will it be to earn coins? It seems games these days make it almost impossible to earn currency just so you’ll have to buy some which is frustrating.

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    1. I dunno, I really like websites that you can put a lot of work and effort into. I’m not against paid stars and memberships, as long as it is possible for non members to have the same, even if it means doing hard work, such as playing tons of games, watching ads or remembering to log in every day. Heck, Neopets has been up for like 20 years, probably because of the crazy hard work users put into their accounts. If you played a couple of their minigames, you can see how hard it is to earn ingame currency.

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      1. I don’t mind putting the effort in! Its just games like IMVU where you have to do offers like downloading apps, and such are really annoying these days. I’m fine putting in the effort, but if its almost impossible then it because very discouraging.

        I’m actually for making people put a bit of effort into it. Making it to easy will make it less fun and challenging and give us less to do and it basically just becomes a chat room with cute clothes with no challenges. I just hope its more in the difficulty of Fantage or MSP or something maybe a bit more difficult than those and not totally impossible like a game like IMVU.

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    2. Yea, I understand. I’ve never heard of IMVU before, but from what you say it sounds terrible lol. I am never comfortable downloading anything unless I trust the source.

      Games that are way too hard and are just money-hungry are never fun, I just prefer games that are moderately difficult. For example, you feel a sense of achievement after you finally spent your coins on the hover board you’ve been saving up for for 2 weeks. Double the satisfaction if it was a members-only item you bought with ecoins.

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      1. Exactly, I love that sense of achievement, I just don’t want to have to save for 3 months to get a really cheap item lol.

        Also, I hope we can add each other when the game goes up! You seem really interesting

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    3. Heh, why thanks! You seem cool too. >u< If I'm early enough, (which I probably will be) I'll try to get the username "Smiley". If not then it's usually "Smileymoe13" or some combination of it. But jeez, if M needs any beta testers, I gladly volunteer… 😉

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      1. Ill probably try and go for Hailey if I’m earlier enough. I’ve always wanted just a simple name in a game. And I’d also gladly volunteer. I’m so excited for this. I think about it every day.

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    4. ikr? I hope the usernames don’t have to be “at least 6 characters long and must include at least 1 number”. That’s always so annoying xD

      Watching this game’s development is so exciting, I will wait as long as it takes! I’ll try to add you when it releases.

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      1. I hate when you have to add numbers. It looks so bad lmao. Obviously, its harder to avoid the more popular the game but if I can avoid it I like that option. I’m so excited looking at all the posts. I’m sad they don’t show as much new stuff, but it’s their choice and they think it’s for the best.

        I hope I can add you

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  13. If possible make a way for us to earn the premium currency by watching ads, downloading apps, doing surveys, visiting websites, playing games, taking quizzes,etc just like TapJoy. And also help us earn them through daily logins and some sort of wheel you can spin which gives rewards and stuff, or like luckybot. Thank you so much for making a game like this 😃

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    1. They’d need to partner with somebody to be able to do that, but a daily login reward or a spin could be cool. Just something to keep non paying players happy

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  14. It’s really upsetting to see that updates on here have stopped due to rude comments. I feel that the issue could have been handled another way. Of course, you and the team are going to receive criticism, rude people, backlash, and other things, but you can’t just punish everyone for it. It just isn’t right. It’s challenging to deal with those types of things, but I think the way it was handled was not professional, especially the last sentence. Sometimes you– and I mean this in the nicest way possible– have to suck it up. Dust them off. This stuff happens all the time in real life, but you just have to keep going. The game updates are crucial if you still want to have an audience for the game. The updates are how you actually draw people in to play your game. No one is going to play if they forget about it; the updates serve as reminders. It’s important. We all understand that the team has put in so much work and that it’s especially hard to be a student while finding time for this project. There will be haters, trolls, rude people, etc., but the updates are just too important to focus on trolls. I really do hope that you consider continuing on with the updates. Thanks.

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    1. Well said, I absolutely agree. I used to get excited over updates. Now that I know we won’t be getting one anytime soon, I don’t have a reason to check on this blog as frequently. And surely those people being rude/critical of the game aren’t the majority of the audience, if anything the majority of us is supportive of the production of this game. There will always be pros and cons to anything and everything, and in this case the negative aspect of choosing to create this amazing game are the rude users/backlash.

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      1. I agree, too. If Nintendo had refused to make Smash Directs for Super Smash Bros Ultimate due to being bashed about choices for the fighter roster, (and they got bashed a lot, even received death threats), they wouldn’t have built up all that hype. I am very anxious to see more of the games progress, though I do appreciate the tiny updates you put up in the “Ticker News” every now and then. 🙂

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  15. Fantage used to have 500 Ecoins as a login prize every week loooooonggg ago, so please add something like that in this game too to for users to get some premium currency to buy cool stuff without having to spend much of real money

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  16. Please please give one of the membership pricing $3.99 or less for a month. You can make one 5.99$ one too with more benefits like extra amount of stars but please just one simple 3.99$ one cause that’s the one I can afford per month. Please I really want to have membership to enjoy the game to the fullest and I’ve started saving up for it already, the thing is that $5.99 ( in my country it converts to a big amount ) is my total one month pocket money so I can’t afford to spend it all on the game 😭😭

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  17. Imo, I think the fact that y’all slowed down updates purposely because people voiced their opinion about paying for membership/premium currency makes me feel a lot more suspicious about that aspect of the game. I hope there’s a way where we can still earn premium currency without needing to pay. 🙂

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    1. They didnt slow down updates because people were hating on membership, it was because of the hate against the new base they released. People were throwing temper tantrums over it and literally giving threats to the Plan Z team just because they didn’t like how it looked, and it started to get out of hand.

      People seriously need to realize that there will always be updates that they wont like, and they have the right to voice their opinion on it. But when they start crying over it like some 5 year olds and threatening people who didnt even do anything, then theyve gone too far.

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    2. EDIT: I apologize. I read their update thinking they were talking about paid membership and NOT the avatar change. Me seeing no where in this post where they mentioned the avatar change and others talk about paid membership make me think that, but I promise I will look thoroughly next time.

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  18. I feel like the membership will just be like Fantage’s. A cash grab. Just make membership like a few dollars a month and not $20 like Fantage, $1-5 sounds like an affordable price. Or just remove membership in total. And if membership will be in the game, make it for some small things, like clothing, I know you mentioned stars, and other stuff, and not for EVERY item like Fantage.

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  19. Please please please give us updates, I’ve been dying to seee a new update about the gamee. I’m sooooo excited about the game. Thank you guys for making this game by putting in your precious time and hardwork

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  20. Oh and another point please don’t be upset about rude or bad comments, keep it up because the game seems too perfect for me.And please please please don’t make the membership too expensive because in old fantage me and my sister couldn’t afford it so please make the membership kind of affordable

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    1. Wait, if I remember correctly doesn’t everyone have free membership? So that way no one has to pay? I’m just asking just in case I missed anything..

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  21. Please post some new update, even the third of the month has passed 😭😭😭😭. Maybe a little sneak peek, please anythinggg

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  22. The game is still in development. M looks like he’s busy with school at the moment but I’m sure he’ll get back to the game shortly.

    (P.S. take your time, M)

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  23. Hey, are you guys going to make the game become downloadable instead of having it in a browser alone? Because i know Moviestarplanet plans to switch to unity in a few months and Woozworld has a downloadable game but I think it is still in beta.

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