The server originally went down so that we could revamp it because we were no longer pleased with the product we were putting out and we knew we could do better for our players. This revamp has taken longer than expected because much of the staff has been pulled away at times for things like work and school. Work has been going really well recently and we hope to have more info soon. The screen shots above should give you some sort of idea as to what we have done.
I've not posted in a while and I feel I owe you all some information. First off though I'd like to thank you all for your continued interest and support in Prison Island. It's greatly appreciated. Secondly I'd like to thank NoseTouch for continuing to answer your questions.
Prison Island went down in October with the intention of redeveloping the server to improve it. To cut a very long story short we suffered issues, as prior arrangements made before the server closed for redevelopment fell through. This resulted in a lot of wasted time and a lot of lost work. Since then we have been working whenever possible on the server. This has proven difficult with each and every staff already having commitments outside of Minecraft including but not limited to education, work and family life.
Many users have contributed to the redevelopment of Prison Island. Not all have been given staff positions and some have left the development team. Regardless of this we appreciate all the hard work they put in and they will receive credit where due for their contributions. The staff team which has been solidified so far is as follows:
SKP4472 (aka SKP) - Developer
Shananium (aka Shan) - Head of Staff
NoseTouch (aka Nose) - Warden
hamann10 (aka Ham) - Warden
NinjaPwnz (aka Ninja) - Architect
Note: Titles of wardens are not set in stone as of yet
The prison will consist of five prison blocks (as opposed to the usual four): D, C, B, A and Elite. These will reside on their own individual islands which all stem off from the new Central Island. Central Island consists of a huge foyer, bank and various other functions.
All accounts will be completely wiped. You will not have anything from the original server. The server is also built on an entirely new map so any stuff you had hidden in the wilderness won't exist.
It is hoped that guards will have classes with different abilities and equipment to help balance PvP.
Plots will continue to exist but will operate differently than before. More details on this will be released later.
Some quests from the original server will make a return with new ones being created after launch.
The bounty list will not be returning due to multiple forms of abusing the system.
References/Easter eggs will exist on the server - it will be up to you to find them all
D block will have no PvP to combat the issue of new players being killed when they join the server and later rage quitting. If new players wish to PvP they can go to Central Island to PvP.
Donation packages have not yet been decided upon however those who donated to the original server will be compensated in-game and receive the highest package we offer once made available. These packages WILL NOT be made available immediately on launch.
I hope this has answered a lot of your questions. If you have any questions or suggestions please don't hesitate to ask us here on the forums. We hope to open the server as soon as possible and welcome old and new players alike to a new server.
Is there a rough estimate on when the server is going to be open to players?
Really looking forward to a good Non-Op Prison server.
We prefer not to announce a timetable at this time to avoid disappointment and anger if we are unable to deliver on the lofty goals we have set ourselves. When we are confident that we can follow through on the date for launch that we have set we will announce it to the public. Until then just keep your eyes peeled for more updates and give us ideas on what you would like to see included in the server.
Sorry about the recent lack of communication as to what has been going on with the server. We are still in development but many of us have run into the issue of time lately and once again have been slowed down as a result. We are still pacing towards the private goal that we set for ourselves and hopefully we can achieve it and announce it to all of you soon. I will try and get you guys some screen shots at some point in the near future.
I promise we are still working!!!! We have made some good progress recently and are approaching a point where we can start to get ready to announce an opening date. I cannot wait to see all of you on the server when we finally open.
Are you guys still working? Any new updates or news or pictures? It has been a couple of months. I apologize for being nosy. I hope everything is going well with the server. I still can't wait for the opening! Best of luck trying to manage life's responsibilities and the server!
We are still around and working on the server. I will do my best to get you guys some new screenshots. As we are a small team balancing life and working on the server has obviously been a struggle for us, but we still want to get the server open and provide to you a enjoyable and fun experience.
I have some good news for everyone. We are still working on the server and we should have more time now that most of us no longer have school to contend with for a little bit. Also I have a Screenshot to share with you all just a few months later than promised.
I do indeed remember you Maaty and am glad to see that you are still around. I will not say that we are attempting to become a new Convicted as for many people there is nothing that could ever take Convicted's place in their heart (I know I still have happy memories from it). However we are attempting to make a server where people can come and play and have fun and be a part of a community of friends like Convicted was for many. Obviously we have taken inspiration in some aspects from Convicted because our team played Convicted for a very long time and it would be hard not to mimic it in some ways. We however are trying to be different because in the end Convicted died, yes it was after a long and successful run but it still died. If we were to just attempt to be Convicted we would be following a model towards eventual failure. Hopefully when we open the server you will find things that you liked about Convicted and find new things that you enjoy and can forever associate with Prison Island.
Alright I figured I would give you all an update on the progress that the server is making. The development crew has made significant strides towards completion of the main buildings for the new prison Island. This is big because it means we are even closer to being able to open the server and allow all of you to enjoy what we have built. After we finish building we still will have to do some work touching the prison up to make sure it is playable and looks nice for all of you to join.
We would also like to announce that Maaty_X has joined the development staff and is now helping us build the prison. In fact Maaty is one of the main reasons development has taken significant strides towards completion in the last few days. Maaty has done an excellent job working hard and we honestly would not be doing this well without him. Be sure to thank and congratulate Maaty for his hard work and addition to the development team.
I am pleased to inform you all that building on the server is now complete. The server has been updated and all the plugins are now being configured. We don't wish to give a date yet for launch but we are striving for a release before the end of the month. *fingers-crossed*