Faunasphere: “You restored our world” and It’s Closed Now
Faunasphere was a very nice game by BigFishGames i wrote about in this post – a mix of MMO, casual and artificial life genres in a browser-based shell, with nice graphics and interesting, unusual gameplay. It’s sad for me to say that now it’s been shut down and no longer available to play. BigFishGames posted this on Faunasphere.com: “You saved our world! You came, you adopted, you zapped, and you put tremendous effort into caring for these charming creatures. Thanks to your commitment as a Caretaker, the Fauna now have a clean world to call home. We can’t thank you enough for being part of Faunasphere. We couldn’t have done it without you.” There is also a short FAQ list posted about why the game was closed, doesn’t tells so much, but i’m also posting it here behind the cut.
As of March 15, 2011, Faunasphere is no longer available. The resources required to make Faunasphere what it is were not sustainable, leading to the difficult decision to discontinue it. This was an extremely difficult decision and one that was not made casually. Faunasphere has been an incredible world to be involved in. The game – and more importantly, the community – are very special.
Thank you to all who have been part of the Faunasphere family. While we are all very sad to see this day come, it has been an honor and a pleasure to work for you. Thank you for helping make Faunasphere the rare, beautiful experience it has been. It is a community that will always be cherished. We hold all the memories we have made with each other dear and safe, in a world free of pollution where our Fauna can roam together forever.
Why did you phase out Faunasphere?
Unfortunately the resources required to make Faunasphere what it was were not sustainable, leading to the difficult decision to discontinue it. Along with all dedicated players of the game, we have poured much effort, heart, and creativity into Faunasphere and the Faunasphere community. It is with great sadness that this decision was made.
Why didn’t you try other business options, like raising prices or selling the game to another studio?
Every option was fully explored and considered before we concluded that discontinuing Faunasphere was the only viable solution, albeit a difficult one.
Did you have too many free players? What if you only allowed paying customers?
We did look into this possibility. However, we found that having free accounts actually helped sustain Faunasphere.
Did this happen because we integrated with Facebook?
No. Adding the option to play Faunasphere via Facebook helped to keep it up and running for a longer period of time. Without the help of our Facebook users, the need to discontinue the game might have come sooner.
What about all of the money I’ve spent over the last two years?
Together we’ve built an amazing community and we are grateful to all of our paying members for helping us keep Faunasphere up and running for so long. We hope that you have all enjoyed being on this journey with us and that the money spent contributed to the experience of making new friends and creating wonderful memories.
Will my information be sold?
What will happen to my Fauna?
The world of Faunasphere and all elements within it will no longer be accessible after 10:00 AM on March 15, 2011. We prefer to think that all of our Fauna will be having a grand old time in the pollution free world we created for them.
I hope that my Fauna is having a great time now. Of course it doesn’t, it was a computer program, i would be crazy to think of it as of alive beings in their own world, don’t i?
But i hope.