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Horizons: Rebirth of Horizons

SzarkSzark News ManagerAnna Regina, NSPosts: 4,420Member


GamersInfo.net is reporting that Horizons, an MMO which has spent a significant amount time in development limbo, is poised to make a comeback under the new management of Virtrium.


Like the proverbial phoenix (dragon?) that continually rises from the ashes, Horizons: Empire of Istaria is poised to take flight once again. Purchased just over one year ago by EI Interactive, the game has languished with no updates, billing errors and poor community support until recently when Virtrium, LLC purchased Horizons and all remaining assets from Tulga Games. The players have been wondering, though: exactly who is Virtrium?


Good question. In the previous two weeks alone they've re-established Blight, the test server; opened the community forums to registration (they've been closed for more than 8 months); established a new, very agile support ticket system (none had existed for nearly a year); and have somewhat covertly been talking to the players. Things the remaining rag tag bunch never expected as they were simply hanging on to the game until its dying breath.


Read the full article here.

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  • GarrikGarrik WidnesPosts: 925Member

    Im telling ya, Horizons MUST become somthing special this time round, it MUST do well. Its obviously not in its destiny to die as it has proven so many times already.

    I liked Horizons it just wasnt polished and had alot of bugs at the start, but it still had a great community and some great features in the game, building houses and bridges to other areas of the game, the whole community would get together to do it and it was superb, i really liked how it was upto the community to find new areas etc.

    I really do hope they do somthing good with this game, it could have been great and who knows maybe this time it will finally get the improvments it deserves and become what it should have been.

    Garrik

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  • KilmarKilmar Bad SodenPosts: 844Member

    I liked Horizons, i'd play it again =)

  • mxmissilemxmissile Layton, UTPosts: 267Member Uncommon

    3 strikes your out as they say...

  • HappyFunBallHappyFunBall Boston, MAPosts: 225Member

    Just read the article.  Well, I'm psyched, but reserved, with a "wait and see" attitude.  They have made way too MANY promises over the years and flopped on most of them, even under different owners.  That very last owner, doesn't even deserve to have their name written for fear that people might actually think it is a REAL company.  OMFG, why did they even buy the game, then just bury it further into the ground.  They should be lined up and shot.

     

    Anyway, Hz was one of my favorite games of all time.  I sincerely hope they can actually get a new graphics/comm engine in place (finally!!!!), and get the bugs out.  I could care less about  new content until they can at least pull that off.  Any MMO that can barely handle more than 10 players in the same physical area is downright pathetic.  That technology was mastered over 10 years ago.

     

    Too bad my Adult dragon has most likely been erased.

     

    I'll give em a go again, and see if they can really bring the game to the level that it always should have been.

  • KenzeKenze Posts: 1,214Member Uncommon

    well good for those few  diehard Horizons players. As for me giving Horizons  5th try ..- No thanks. Been there, Done that...donated the Tshirt to goodwill.

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  • psyconiuspsyconius Florence, KYPosts: 272Member

    I tried it before the first buyout and actually enjoyed it. With the right marketing/publishers it would have had more success. I'd be willing to give it another try now. I really liked the crafting and building system, and the skill sets weren't too shabby either.

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  • RomseRomse Montreal, QCPosts: 198Member

    That's interesting... if there is a playerbase to slavage then why not...It's a tough road ahead though

    Many big titles are set to debut in 2008

    It would be more interesting if they'd get an engine overhaul with something that looks more... "current generation"

    ...like what Jumpgate is doing

  • JadetoothJadetooth SlagelsePosts: 372Member Uncommon

    bugfixes, and a graphicsengine update, and a new trial and i would say they'd be ready to rez this game. It was awesome in many ways, but way to poor performance and too many game-breaking bugs ;/

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  • RobbgobbRobbgobb Dallas, TXPosts: 453Member Uncommon

    I hope the game does well. I really enjoyed the time I played but was having too many difficulties to pay for playing and decided to wait. Been looking every couple of months to try and find information and glad to see this.

  • kishekishe aitooPosts: 1,978Member Uncommon

    Horizons with David Bowman out of the picture could very well become successful game!

     

    Couple buffs on the engine, bug fixes and tweaks on network code and i'd so be back!

  • neschrianeschria Johnstown, PAPosts: 1,441Member

    Horizons is an underdog, and I always love an underdog. I know it may be too little, too late  for many people, and we still haven't seen how it turns out, but I can't help but /cheer a little at this news.

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  • JDexterJDexter La Vergne, TNPosts: 112Member Uncommon

    There's got to be something special here for this to keep happening.  I'll keep my eyes on it and hopefully this time the dream will be realized.  Kudos for trying again, it could have gone the way of E&B and AC2, though I still wish someone would try rezzing E&B also.

    I'll sub Horizons again if it looks to be an upturn, if only because someone has to love this game for them to keep trying.

     

  • TechleoTechleo Grants Pass, ORPosts: 1,984Member

    Its the dragons! I always loved Horizon but the bugs just made it to hard to enjoy. If they manage to steam out some of those said bugs Id be back in a flash. Sigh, I miss soaring over the volcanos....

  • ThefonzThefonz Oswego, ILPosts: 280Member

    If they can start getting new and old players back on this will hopefully start to do well. I think the population before this buyout was I think 50-100 players? not sure now though. I'm rooting for this new company, if it's already fixed up Blight the website and more in a relatively short amount of time compared to EI it might just live to see another day.

    I however am just going to sit back and wait before I think about trying Horizons again.

  • RomseRomse Montreal, QCPosts: 198Member

    Originally posted by Skynies

    bugfixes, and a graphicsengine update, and a new trial and i would say they'd be ready to rez this game. It was awesome in many ways, but way to poor performance and too many game-breaking bugs ;/
    Originally posted by kishe


    Horizons with David Bowman out of the picture could very well become successful game!
     
    Couple buffs on the engine, bug fixes and tweaks on network code and i'd so be back!

    Well it sounds more like they aim to travel light and keep to stuff they can fix than an engine overhaul. I think they're probably gonna fix the bugs and run as is, creating content for players for the "deltas"(updates)

  • psyconiuspsyconius Florence, KYPosts: 272Member

    I haven't been able to login in at all.. Keep getting errors about communicating with the server.. I can get to the screen that says it is loading character models and such sometimes. Other times just black screen :/

    Any suggestions?

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  • SamuraiswordSamuraisword Washington DC, MDPosts: 2,111Member

    I would definitely play Horizons again but only if they add a new server or wipe the current one. The best thing about Horizons is the crafting and construction , so playing on a world where everything has been rebuilt is pointless. Someone shoot me an email if this happens.

    I didn't experience many bugs originally and the graphics were fine. Keep in mind that the most successful games are the ones that can play on older machines and don't lag when you have many players in proximity. Developers need to focus on quality gameplay with decent graphics and stop pushing the graphics limits.

    Horizons suffered mostly from a lack of players. The game did have a lot of empty landscape that could have been better utilized, especially for player plots which were in short supply even though the game advertised that everyone would have access to a personal plot, which wasn't true. I don't want to see a cluttered landscape with mobs every 5 feet like many current MMOGs out today. The vastness of Horizons with large tracts of land that you could traverse without being jumped constantly was nice, but it was a bit too empty in certain areas.

    What Horzions needs is a polish with a heavy advertising blitz launching anew.

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  • katriellkatriell UTC-8Posts: 989Member Uncommon


    Originally posted by psyconius
    I haven't been able to login in at all.. Keep getting errors about communicating with the server.. I can get to the screen that says it is loading character models and such sometimes. Other times just black screen :/
    Any suggestions?

    Disable any antivirus software you have running. If that doesn't help, disable your soundcard via Device Manager.

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  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 7,187Member Uncommon

    What this game needs is fresh blood, not the previous dev team trying to fix it as it is quite obvious from the product they produced they do not have the skills to succeed.

    As to the above comment, only the braindead would disable antivirus software in this day and age, you should learn to give better advice.

  • daelnordaelnor Manteca, CAPosts: 1,569Member


    Originally posted by Ozmodan
    What this game needs is fresh blood, not the previous dev team trying to fix it as it is quite obvious from the product they produced they do not have the skills to succeed.
    As to the above comment, only the braindead would disable antivirus software in this day and age, you should learn to give better advice.


    Ok..get rid of anything that says "norton" "mcafee" or "AOL" and you should be fine.

    Is that better?

    D.
    p.s. I say this because when I was doing computer repair, the first step I almost always had to make was to remove any of those programs that were on the computers. They are more virus themselves these days than anti-virus. YOu can get free programs that run better and catch more stuff.

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  • psyconiuspsyconius Florence, KYPosts: 272Member

    Originally posted by katriell


     

    Originally posted by psyconius

    I haven't been able to login in at all.. Keep getting errors about communicating with the server.. I can get to the screen that says it is loading character models and such sometimes. Other times just black screen :/

    Any suggestions?

    Disable any antivirus software you have running. If that doesn't help, disable your soundcard via Device Manager.

     

    While the antivirus thing doesn't bother me(I tried disabling firewall anyway), disabling soundcard is not worth it.. I suppose I will not check out Horizons again :/

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    Gothika Studios

  • godpuppetgodpuppet NottinghamPosts: 1,416Member

    Horizons is like a zombie. No matter how much you smash it in the head with a crowbar, set fire to it with barrels, fire shotgun shells at it and blow it up with a RPG. It still gets back up and shuffles on...

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  • psyconiuspsyconius Florence, KYPosts: 272Member

    Yeah.. I am just frustrated that I can't get the client to run properly. The last hurdle seems to be getting stuck at "Receiving Character Essence"... It still shows the "..." 's for 30 seconds or so.. then they freeze..  Then after a minute or so, I can see the character screen faintly in the background(the loading screen still frozen in foreground).

     

    If it gets that far, I have to hard reboot. If I get hung up earlier, I can sometimes end the process :/

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    Gothika Studios

  • psyconiuspsyconius Florence, KYPosts: 272Member

    After sifting through forums, it appears to be an issue with Audigy cards. The soundcard has to be disabled before playing. I really hope they get that fixed soon so I can come back and check it out.

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  • gopher65gopher65 Saskatoon, SKPosts: 46Member

    Originally posted by psyconius


    After sifting through forums, it appears to be an issue with Audigy cards. The soundcard has to be disabled before playing. I really hope they get that fixed soon so I can come back and check it out.
    Yeah. I'm sick and tired of these freaking Creative soundcards. Next time I'm getting some other brand. If it was just Horizons that had these problems I'd go "yeah, whatever" cause Horizons is pretty buggy. But every second program I install has an issue with these stupid creative products!

    So no more Creative for me. I just can't take them anymore.

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