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2017: Club Penguin’s Death Sentence or Second Chance?

KLONDIKE – CP Army Central philosophy desk – Almost every post this year has been about Club Penguin Island, the status of the community, and other topics pertaining to this community. Let’s talk about Club Penguin’s future.

Club Penguin itself has been through a very bumpy ride that lasted for eleven years. It started in 2005 and starts out well, then Disney comes along and claims it for billions of dollars, and the game starts to plummet.

The parties have defined Club Penguin through the ages. Original parties, advertiser events, events depicting the real world, and just parties that are below par. Whether anyone loved them or hated them, they were there to stay for around several weeks or a large part of the summer.

Old staff members leave and new ones come in. They made the game prosper, or they flushed it down the metaphorical toilet more than once. After eleven long years of this roller coaster ride, the time has finally come for it to be taken down and replaced.

Many people will be happy to see it go, others mourning over their loss, and then there are those that scoff and remark that the game should’ve been in the grave a long time ago. We’re not here to discuss Club Penguin’s history or talk about individuals themselves. We’re here to talk about the future.

 

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The game of discussion

To recap current knowledge, Club Penguin Island (or CPI) is a future mobile-only game based off of Club Penguin, and is a breath of fresh air after years of 2D and subpar treatment from the moderators.

People still debate whether the game has servers or lacks them, and if they do have servers, many can count on the presence of armies.

From recent gameplay analysis, the mascots (like Rockhopper and Aunt Arctic) not only get redesigned, but their speech comes equipped with voice acting – yes, voice acting.

There is a level-up system to gain items and other perks and coins will still be a main currency within the game.

2017 is a year that is coming fast and isn’t slowing down, which is a perfect scenario for discussing the future of the Club Penguin franchise as a whole. Depending on how they handle the new game, 2017 could mark the year of Club Penguin’s ultimate death sentence or the gift of new life.

Club Penguin’s death sentence

Whenever a significant change is occurring to a population’s favorite game or person, there’s no surprise to meet protests and boycotts of the change(s), so even if a significant group finds the new game attractive and worth the wait, there will always be a majority of people to protest and boycott the new product.

As a result of this knowledge, it’s fair enough to say that Disney (or whoever is executing the move) is taking a huge risk with these changes, as they could face loss in traffic and consumer interest, leading to a depletion and revenue and once the game runs out of funding, they’d have no choice but to close down CPI.

Even if CPI fails, it’s highly unlikely that they’d ever consider bringing back the old, 2D game. Perhaps they would delete the files just to be sure that the franchise would be put to rest if something was to happen.

Nowadays, companies rely on mobile to sell their products and gain more revenue, but just because mobile is popular does not always correlate to consumer tastes and preferences. For example, a majority of people love Minecraft on its simple computer interface and the easy-to-learn keystrokes. Now, what if Mojang just decided to close Minecraft and put all of it onto mobile?

Of course mobile is a popular opinion, but there are problems with that. Mobile games have a tendency to be freemium just to gain revenue, and even if the game was free on all sides, consumer comfort is depleted.

Most consumers are used to their games being on big screens with a tangible keyboard sitting before them, ready to use. Now, they’d have to look at a tiny screen that will adjust brightness at the wrong time, and the interface would be so confusing.

“Chris, there’s already a Minecraft game on mobile called Minecraft: Pocket Edition” We’re talking about Minecraft on PC closing down and just being on mobile and no other platform.

What’s even more of a kicker is that membership cards will no longer be a thing, as a matter of fact, information taken from a gameplay analysis confirms that membership in CPI will be a monthly fee of five dollars. I personally agree that the cards are much easier to deal with rather than paying for a membership $60 in an entire year.

No, not a yearly fee of $60, a monthly fee of $5. Five times twelve is sixty! Get it straight!

Let’s not forget that the Club Penguin army community takes up a considerable amount of the traffic in Club Penguin, so without servers being in place for the game, a lack of armies would make the new game take a hit early on.

It’s for all these reasons that 2017 might be the year of Club Penguin’s death sentence.

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…Or a second chance

After eleven years of being on the same 2D island, Club Penguin Island is a much needed upgrade into new coding, more features, cleaner design, and fixed aspects of the game.

From a gameplay analysis, it’s even said that the chat filter has been fixed of needless upgrades.

Even if Club Penguin armies will no longer be a thing on CP itself, children and other normal users might still be around, and the mascots even interact with the player character. When mascots in the original game would interact with the player, it was usually through PSA missions or on the rare occasion of sprites used at that one party involving Herbert using stolen hot sauce.

These mascots not only get redesigned, but they interact with the player character and actually give the character tasks! Taskes to raise XP and level them up! Knowing that children usually take a liking to the mascots, having them interact was a huge upgrade than just robots that log into a 2D game and say pre-generated phases and the staff are so proud to be that fraudulent.

“The mascots in CPI are just sprites too”

At least they’re honest about it from the start!

There is more customization, jumping, swimming, zip lining, etc. Even if traditional parties are omitted from the new game, daily tasks are going to be a core part of the game.

It’s for these reasons that 2017 will give Club Penguin itself a second chance.

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Club Penguin Island is still in its closed beta, and there are already a lot of mixed reviews about the future game. This game will either suffer before it even begins, or it will keep the CP franchise running on its legs for at least another eleven years.

It’s much too soon to say what 2017 has to say about the game.

Here at CP Army Central, we want YOUR opinion! Will CP as a franchise die or keep living on? Will CP armies die off or find a way to survive? How do you feel about the new game? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below! 

Christohper1

CP Army Central Associate Producer

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6 Responses

  1. Nice post, but I’m getting a bit tired of these stuff. Let’s just wait patiently for CP’s move, and then we’ll see if we will stay in CPI(depending on if we can work on it), merge into a CPPS, move onto a new platform, or shut this historical community down..

  2. R E P E T I T I V E

    • This is the last time I’m kicking the dead horse. I might branch out into CPPSes and CPI.

  3. Seriously. If I were u, I wouldnt make such a post. Club Penguin’s aint dead dude + STOP THINKING NEGATIVE, CP armies r alive! So mind it..

  4. My kids have had a CP memebership since 2007, they are not happy about it closing but I absolutely don’t see them willing to shell out $5/mo for an app on their phone. For them, I see this as the end.

  5. I WANT CLUB OENGUIN TO STAY AND GET RID OF CLUB PENGUIN ISLAND I LOVE CLUB PENGUIN PLEASE DONT TAKE IT AWAY NOW!!!!!!

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