Thursday, February 6, 2020

State of the Game: Converting from Flash

Hey Poptropicans, it's time for some important housekeeping! 


As pretty much all of you know, the support of Flash is being permanently discontinued this year. However, Poptropica isn't going anywhere! The screenshot that you see above isn't actually taken from the live game. It's from the HAXE JavaScript build that our developers have been working on since last year. It's a HUGE undertaking for a small team like Poptropica, and they've been doing an AMAZING JOB!

So, what's gonna change on the player side?

Pretty much nothing.

Same art style. Same islands. Same Poptropica! As many of our older fans know, there were two different Flash engines that previously ran Poptropica. In technical terms, they are called AS2 and AS3. Some members of the community might know them better as Old School and Sound Updated islands. Our main task right now is converting every AS3 island.

We want to emphasize that the Old School islands are still on the table! But the code that built them is so old that they would need to be remade from the ground up if we were to re-insert them into the live game. We've seen this rumor quite a bit, so we'd like to put it to bed: They will definitely not be playable when the JavaScript build launches.

Believe me, I miss Astro Knights and Skullduggery SO MUCH. But the most important and most exciting takeaway from losing Flash is that Poptropica will remain playable for everyone for years to come!! We can only thank our amazing community for making this game stand the test of time when, as we all know, so many browser games from the 2000's and 2010's are disappearing. With that in mind, we want to say a great big THANK YOU to all of you for your enthusiasm for exploring new waters and patience as we make all of these not-so-flashy updates that make sure this game stays solid.

We will be sure to let you guys know when the open beta is live, and we'll be setting up special rewards for players who try it out! I just got done with another testing session, and the graphics and gameplay are super sharp. We can't wait to share it with you!

30 comments:

  1. Thank you for the update! I can't wait for the old islands to come back!

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  2. Im so exited!! At the same time though i just know im gonna fail at the new astroknights whenever that comes out again lol...

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  3. You Still Have A Lot Of Time Before Flash Get Banned, So Why Won't You Just Convert The
    Old School Islands In Time?

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  4. The part where your try to race to the top of the tower in Poptropicon isn't working. Fix please

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  5. What about Zomberry? You're still re-releasing that, right?

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  6. forever missing the spooky islands :'( rip.

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  7. how long/hard is it to update/remake the older islands. i played a long time ago and was very young when i played. i recently gotten back to it but since i was so little when the other islands were out i never really got the full experience. liked Astro-Knights and the superhero one i hope that those get remade onto here. also would everything be converted to poptropica worlds?

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  8. ASTRO-KNIGHTS AND NABOOTI NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ;(((((((((, regardless of that great job, i was worried when i saw that flash would be dis-continued

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  9. This game was my childhood! Thank you guys for working hard to preserve it. I enjoy still playing this a little bit to this day because it brings back so many memories. It's also a little sad to see some old islands go but I know we're all thankful that Poptropica won't be disappearing.

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  10. You would want some help to re-write the old Islands ? I've always wanted to see what the actual code was behind my chilhood game.

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  11. So glad Poptropica is here to stay! It was and still is my lifeeeee. I'm sad about the Old Islands, but I understand how much work goes into creating these islands, so no rush, but I hope they will be back someday.

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  12. I love Poptropica <3

    yes I did comment before, but I wrote under my email by accident, so if that comment gets approved, I'm taking it down lol

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  13. I know this sounds like a lot of work and it would take time away from making new islands, but maybe you could remake all the old school islands with soundtracks like you did before.

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  14. Would love to play the beta and can't wait, but i'm still really not sure if the old islands are playable can someone answer this???

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  15. Thank you all so much for working so hard so we can get entertained by this AMAZING game <33 we really appreciate it. Please please PLEASE add back the amazing old school islands as soon as one of them is finished converting!! Wait so when you said they will definitely not be playable when the javascript launches, you mean they will never return? Or simply that the old ones will not be playable once it launches on the old platforms?

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    1. Using the original code for the islands will be impossible. After they are done converting the existing islands to the new platform they will have to write completely new code for the old school islands, which means they wont be out for a long time but we can expect them! Hope this helped :)

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  16. I hope the old islands will come back soon. Poptropica just feels very small without them.

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    1. Same! I've been wanting to play Astro-Knights for some time now. When it didn't have sound as part of it, I would listen to my sci-fi Spotify playlist as background music.

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  17. Oh my gosh I just want to say thankyou so so much! I've literally been playing poptropica for years and when logged into the site awhile back to find out some of my favourite islands were gone i was incredibly disapointed. However now I am extremely pleased! I can't wait to play old poptropica again!! Thankyou thankyou thankyou!!!

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  18. Been playing since 2006 and I'm sad to see more of the older islands go but I'm so happy to hear that poptropica will be sticking around!! Seen it change so much of the years and hopefully it will keep changing for the better!

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  19. This is just the news I was looking for! Thanks for the assurance.

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  20. Can we fix the store too??

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  21. So excited, as a poptropica veteran I am upset that you have to redo all the code... but I will wait patiently! Get the top priority done first then you guys can work on bringing back the good ol days :)

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  22. wow its a pity that the old islands wont be coming back any time soon.

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  23. Jordan - Veteran player since 2006March 31, 2020 at 4:57 PM

    Im so sad. Ive been playing this game since i was a literal child (like 4-5 years old). I reme,ber all the old islands and im devestated that they arent in the game anymore. I get that its because of the old code and because you would have to build it all again, I just wish there was something us veteran players could do to help you recreate our old memories. I trust that you guys will make our dreams come true at some point i just cant wait to see the day where that is a reality. Keep doing you and if we as the poptropica community can do anything to bring poptropica back to its golden time, then i think i speak for everyone in saying that we will do anything to make it happen. Thank you devs for working so hard and i just hope poptropica can have new and old islands in the future. :)

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  24. THANK U SO MUCH. I have been an early player from the 2000s. Me and my other 2 siblings. Thank god its still alive today #2020corona

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  25. Will we get Ghost Story Island back? I basically cried playing that one. Been playing this since I was 6, thanks for keeping my childhood alive :)

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  26. I have been playing poptropica for about 12 years, and i love playing new islands and re-playing previously completed islands. All i can say is i really hope the islands come back soon, when they islands were taken some of my favorite islands went with them. I miss the old poptropica...

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