An Open Letter to the Leadership Team of Daybreak Game Company
As the 22nd anniversary of Infantry Online passes us by, we look back fondly on the community
that is still with us today. Although the population is nowhere near what it once was at the height of
the game's popularity, it is steadily climbing back one die-hard fan at a time.
Free Infantry dubs itself the "benevolent custodian" of Infantry Online. We do not claim ownership
to the intellectual property of the game, although many of the contributions that our community
has given had made their way back to the official Sony Online Entertainment servers while they were
still up and running. We are a non-profit, player driven community. All development and operating
costs are covered by us.
Through creative use in how we implemented some of the features of our server, we have empowered the
community to build their own zones with dynamic, run-time scripting capabilities that have allowed for more
emergent gameplay through the use of AI-like opponents.
Since the official shutdown of Sony Online Entertainment servers in March 2012, Free Infantry has been
patiently rebuilding the community. We have implemented all of the core infrastructure needed to host the
server, and have seen zone developers and players contribute in building new content. Refer to the
project homepage to see the latest updates and
Every day we see new players joining our Discord server and proclaiming, "I can't believe this game
is still running!" They participate in the daily matches that our team arranges and promotes,
and they invite their friends that they have met while playing the game in their youth.
Free Infantry is not the only Daybreak Game Company product that has seen its community continue on, actively and
lively, after official server shutdown. An EverQuest Classic project called Project 1999 is running
strong with Daybreak's written agreement.
Looking into the future, there are a number of opportunities that we would like to explore:
The game client that Free Infantry uses is still the original Infantry Online client. It uses
DirectDraw which has more compatibility issues with each new Windows version since the client was released.
Some of the tools used also require the zone developers to run them in compatibility mode which may not
always work. We are unsure how much longer the game client will remain usable, and would like to maintain
and update it.
Infantry Online is not present on the premier game publishing platform Steam, which we believe
would help further grow and promote the community. We would like to get Infantry Online published on Steam.
With your guidance and assistance, we are eager to make the above happen.
The Free Infantry Group
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