It's been a long time since the server for this old game closed out.
I apologize for the long delay, and I know my original fanbase has likely moved on.
Despite that, all original save data are in tact. I saved them this entire time.
The final log of data stored is from 2012.
For kicks, take a look at the scoreboard. (It amazes me that multiple people maxed the Pokédex.)
I'm impressed and amazed at how many hours people put into playing this game, and I'm glad I could create something with that much potential for fun. I'm happy I could add enjoyment to people's lives doing something I love to do.
I'm not sure if I'm going to update the game any further. There's about 20-40 minutes of story content, as most of my time spent was on programming external data algorithms to rip data structures/graphics from raw ROM data and on UI implementation. (Interesting fact: The NPCs function on my own custom scripting language.)
It's been a long, long time and I'm not as proficient in DM script as I used to be. That said, I don't know if I want to continue working with the Dream Maker engine, or if I want to create an all-new project in a modern game engine (Unity). (I'm already pushing BYOND's engine beyond its expected usage.)
If I can succeed in my old ways of being a master at ripping raw data, my new project will also be entirely 3D. (If BYOND supported 3D, I might consider using it.)
I may be able to at least find a way to update the data of the game to include up to 7th generation and update the battle algorithms using open source implementations that are available. (I hope I can find the time.)
I would also like to add some sort of procedurally generated level content, if possible. (Infinitely-expanding Safari Zone, anyone?)
My current plan is to keep the game hosted at all times for the foreseeable future. Right now, it's on a pretty laggy server, but as my financial situation provides, I will upgrade the server to accommodate its needs. I apologize for the lag in the meantime!
In any case, the future of Pokémon Online World is looking good!
I always wanted to make a game that perfectly simulates the Pokémon experience and also allows for anyone to jump in and create their own worlds within that engine. Maybe someday I will be able to accomplish that task.
Thanks again to anyone who tries out my game and becomes a fan, and to all of my existing fans for playing this game and making my efforts worth something beyond a mere hobby.
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