Hi everyone. This isn’t the type of announcement we wanted to make, but after multiple very long discussions between the head-staff team, we’ve come to this conclusion. As many people have noticed and pointed out, the player count on Altitude (and the staff team) has been steadily decreasing throughout the majority of 2021. The pandemic caused a lot of temporary growth on the server, and obviously this has to go back down at some point. With this decrease in players, we’ve come to a point where we are way in over our heads in regards to the amount of servers we have and the amount of machines that Altitude requires. The server is quite pricey to maintain and unfortunately, the amount of players we currently have will not allow us to continue running the server as is.
We’ve decided that the best option for us right now is to shut down Altitude until 1.18. This obviously isn’t going to be a permanent shut down and we absolutely will be coming back, but this period of time is a perfect opportunity for a break. While the server kind of has to shut down, we also think that this period of time is incredibly important for the well-being of head-staff (and the rest of the staff team). We’ve been working very hard the past 4-5 months specifically and we all know that there has been a lot of problems. This has been very hard on all of us, we feel very burnt out and this will be the perfect opportunity to rework the way we run our team, and the server.
Our plan for 1.18 (at this time) is to fully reset. The only thing that will be kept from this reset will be playtime/playtime ranks/donor ranks. This is basically a necessity in order to completely reset the economy (which is also a part of our plans!!) and we think a fresh start will be our best option. With this, we are also planning on downsizing to two servers to better suit our communities needs.
As you might have noticed by the length of this announcement on such a big topic this announcement is being sent earlier than we originally planned. We had hoped to give our staff team (who we announced this to earlier) a chance to get ready. Sadly the announcement was leaked so to keep it fair to all players we have had to made a rushed announcement. There will be more announcements soon with a lot more detail and info on our plans. There will be world downloads for all the worlds that have been taken before this announcement.
We understand that you will have a lot of questions, but please save them for tomorrow so we can provide all the info in one go.