First, I would like to explain you guys what's been going all this time we have been a bit quiet.
About a couple months ago, a group of people from ko4life life, basically mods and admins, decided to put together a team to start a private ko server with the idea of bringing back the good old KO days. A different server from most of the current PK servers out there. A team was assembled, they hired a hosting and made the announcement.
Obviously everyone was so excited about the idea that a lot of technical concerns and requirements where overlooked. Later on I was brought into this team and pointed out severe flaws in the project plan and started doing changes to solve this situation. The release dates where completely unreal, specially since there were a lot of things we didn't have, yet we put a lot of effort and managed to meet the Open Beta date.
We have been working nonstop for weeks to finish this project ASAP, yet we hit a wall 4 weeks ago. As you all know, there's no way we can release the server without a Web Panel for user registration, PUS, ranking, etc. Most of the panels freely available have security issues which meant we had to either pick one and secure it or develop one from scratch. After a few weeks, the people appointed for this task, eventually were not able to do so because of life duties, lack of skills, etc. and we ended up back where we started and with even more pressure from the community to release the server.
This development is not simple and it's a key factor to the success/failure of the server itself since an insecure panel could lead to injection of items, accounts hacking and ultimately, the ruin of the server. Since then, we've been looking for a skilled and trustworthy developer to take care of this task with no luck.
So, after much though and even considering shutting down the project, we hired a company to take care of the panel. Obviously this represents a VERY high cost but we believe this is the best way to get a high quality and secure product and provide you guys with the type of service you expect from us. The development is taking care basically of the functionality of the panel, not the design. The design and all the fancy stuff will be taken care later, to not delay the release date any further.
The release date will be March 27. This will provides us enough time for the development itself and all the testing we need to do to assure it's fully functional. If there's a chance we finish earlier, we will announce it, otherwise, this is the release date.
I apologize for this huge delay and even make you wait more, but we consider it's better to wait a bit more and get good product than just pick any panel out there and get hacked after a week. Hope you realize the great effort we are putting together to finish what we started.
I appreciate your support and hope you guys understand the reasons behind the past weeks silence. So, I will ask a bit more patience from all of you. I know is a lot to ask after all this time, but we have already invested a lot in this project and I can assure you we will finish it.
Thanks a lot for spending a few minutes reading this.
- Sandro "Devile" Jurado
Head GM KO4life Server