We are trying our hardest to get the servers out as soon as possible as well as make it the best it can be. And even with our best efforts, we have to announce that we will not be able to meet the goal of May 27th like we had initially planned. We ask that you please understand and continue to work with us during this process. However, we can say that we are very close to completing; but we just ask for a little more time to finish up; and make sure that the servers will run without fail when we do release. For now, the deadline for the servers to come up is the end of this month/early next month. Once again we ask that you please continue to be patient and we apologize for not meeting the expected deadline.
*In addition: The Island server will not be having a tournament this month and instead will be coming up in 1.8 into the new season. This way everyone will be able to start fresh and take advantage of all the new Pixelmon and strategies that come with the 1.8 update.
As you can see from the title, we're getting very close to being able to get the servers up on 1.8. We've had a few hiccups here and there, but now with the return of our Dev Rhonim we're just about ready!
Our current plan is for this weekend we'll be bringing down all servers to turn them over to 1.8. Servers will then not be available to play on until the 25th. The reason for this is that sponge uses all different plugins so everything across all servers will need to be setup again by our admin team. This will take some time to do, so starting this weekend till the 25th you can expect that the servers will be on whitelist only for admins to get on and work.
Now, how will this affect you guys and what do you need to know? What do you need to do to prepare and what should you be aware of? Well, let me just go through some of these questions and answer them for you!
What version will the server be on?
You can expect the server to be on whatever the latest version of Pixelmon is at the time. At this time it's 4.2.5. When we do reopen the servers, there will be another post made informing everyone exactly what version you will need. I would recommend getting the Pixelmon Launcher as it will allow you to easily switch between different Pixelmon versions and download everything needed for it for you.
What about my files? Will I lose anything in the update?
After the update, you will still have all of you Pokemon and items. The only thing that is on the fence right now is players balance. The plugin used currently is not used in sponge, this means that in order for us to be able to keep the data we need to write something that will convert the information over to the new plugin. Now, if we have enough time, this will be attempted, but there is a good chance that players balance will not be able to be carried over.
What about Region 3?
Region 3 has had a few server problems as of late, at the same time that the servers go down for this update, Region 3 will also be getting a good look at to resolve its issues. This will still include the survival world reset. So anything outside in the survival world will be lost. Be sure to contact a survival admin now and get whatever items you can into the bank to save on the adventure side now!
What's new that we can expect?
Well, all the new things in Pixelmon you can look at their website to see. That being said, along with us going to 1.8 we'll also be leaving enjin! That's right, we'll be getting a brand new site made for our forums and a new store being done as well via buycraft.
Wait, leaving enjin? What about Pixelpoints?
It's very simple, there won't be any more Pixelpoints. That's right, you heard it right. Now don't freak out! Yes we're getting rid of Pixelpoints but to those of you that still have some to spend, don't worry cause you'll still be able to. For a short time after we open back up, though you won't be able to buy Pixelpoints anymore you will still be able to spend them on the enjin store. We also plan to make a little shop in game that will cost Pixelpoints and give you items in game for them.
If we don't have Pixelpoints, what will the rewards be for the Island server?
Instead of awarding Pixelpoints to those that place 4th - 1st in a Island tournament, we will instead be sending those people a coupon code for a certain amount off. For example, 4th and 3rd place would normally be awarded 500 Pixelpoints, instead they will get a $5 off coupon. 1000 Pixelpoints for 2nd is $10 off, and 2500 for 1st is $25 off. These will be sent to those that win via a msg on our new website.
Can we expect a new server with the update to 1.8?
Yes! The long awaited Johto server will be released when we bring back the servers on the 25th! This will be separate from the Kanto server, meaning it will be it's own server. It will not be linked to our current Kanto server in any way.
If we currently have a Helper or Gymleader application on enjin, do we have to make a new one on the new site?
The short answer to this is, yes. On the new site we will have a new method for people to apply for staff positions with, so with that we’ll be looking at those when it opens instead of looking back at enjin. Applications will still be handled the same way, just how you submit them will change.
Anything we should know about any other servers?
As a matter of fact, we’ve got a new map being done for the Mystery Dungeon server as well. When we release this, Pokemon, items, and donator ranks won't be lost; however, quest progress will be reset. This will make it easier for us to make sure that we can offer the best possible experience on MD. With this new map we hope to eventually include the questlines of all the Mystery Dungeon games; including a special custom story made by the staff! More information will be announced very soon, along with a short little teaser video to show off parts of the map, so be sure to look forward to that!