Hey guys, my name's Aki
I should preface this with saying, I am not a representative/employee of Lightmare, I am simply an active member of the community and (I believe) the only person who streams the game on anything near a regular basis.
Over the past year I've gotten fairly close with a few current Lightmare employees, and been given the opportunity to have a lot of questions answered in regards to the state of IW and LM as a whole.
To my understanding, the causes of the current state of IW can first be traced back all the way to development. Its clear that a lot of love and passion went into the game, which is why its lasted so long, however the underlying code was apparently poorly put together, creating many of the glitches and bugs that we still deal with to this day and no way to get rid of them without rehauling the entire client from the ground up.I wasnt present for this, nor for the first few years of IW's history, only joining the community around a year or so before Rebellion dropped so Im unable to comment on the management that went on during that time from a personal perspective, but from what many people say, it was a bit of a mess.
At a certain point, it became LM could no longer support IW and the game was sold to Yodo1 while LM was allowed to keep the rights to the assets from the game. Yodo, however, has not seemed to take any care of IW, there only real contribution so far being the fact they havent shut off the servers yet. Although not given the best base to work off of, the current stagnant nature of the development of further content for IW is due to Yodos unwillingness to do anything with it as its unrealistic to put any further effort into development as the effort would not realistically see a payoff considering IW's current profit margin.
At this current point in time, LM has moved onto their new project called Infinity Heroes.
Keeping with a lot of core themes from IW, IH is being built from the ground up with the knowledge gained from IWs development so that it wont become a coders nightmare down the track. LM community reprasentative JasonOCE has said that depending on the profits made from IH, new projects similar to IW MAY (big emphasis on the MAY) be pursued in the distant future.
For now, I believe we should keep an eye on the development of IH while we continue to enjoy this Schrodingers Cat of a game that is both alive and dead depending on the perspective of ones observations.
If you want to keep up with the goings on of the slow yet seemingly infinite decay of Infinity Wars, you can join the discord here:https://discordapp.com/invite/MRRhzxQ
If you want to monitor the development of Infinity Heroes and join in the pre-alpha "hype" the link to the discord is here:https://discordapp.com/invite/dTWAE8x
And finally, if you want to ask me any questions directly, or check out my twitch channel you can seach me up at:
I hope this helped a bit, and until next time.