|I'm afraid it's been much longer than I would have liked, since my last post - so I'd like to apologize for that. I've been caught up in general development plans for Utopia, and features for the next round. There is quite a lot of work that needs to go in to the game, so I've been incredibly busy!
First of all, I would like to address the recent deletion of a number of traded accounts, and the handling of reports we had received of instances of cheating within the game.
We took over existing tools for the game when we acquired it, and a policy of deleting accounts that were detected as cheating with these tools. However, it seems that we have applied the letter of the law rather than the spirit to which the community was accustomed to.
We are looking into the current reasoning behind all aspects of cheating that we have come across, and are considering putting in place a system more accommodating to players at all levels of the game, over the next couple of months. For now, there will be a moratorium on the deletion of traded accounts. Multiple accounts, x-logging, and coercing a player to give up their account information, are still considered offences, and will be handled as previously.
Players have also been deleted for abusive language recently, perhaps more so now, than in the past. In the future, abusive messages will be removed, and players will receive a warning via the in-game forum system and via their registered email. Failure to cease this sort of behaviour, or excessive harassment of another player, will result in a deletion.
There have been a number of rumours flying around as to what OMAC's plans for the game are currently. I'm not going to make vague promises other than to say we're focusing on elements which are a viable long-term model for the game, that support new players as well as the old ones.
Finally, as I'm working on some of the more major features needed for the games, Genesis will probably run a little late - an exact end date has yet to be determined, but I'll give you more news on that in a couple of weeks. (Original post)