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Winding Down Shades

Sleuth Admin
Sleuth Admin

Hey Sleuths!

I've got some pretty crappy news to share: We're going to have to wind down Shades of Mystery by the end of the year. This is something I've really wanted to avoid, but I don't have a realistic alternative. With the demise of Flash, the game isn't going to continue to function in 2021 unless you use a very old browser.

- We won't be selling any new subscriptions to Shades of Mystery
- We'll fully refund the remaining time on any active subscriptions (your sub will still be active)
- The game will probably be coming down at (or slightly after) New Years
- As a thank you to everybody, in a week or so, we'll grant full subscriber rights to everybody for the remainder of the game's life.

The writing has been on the wall for several years. Adobe is retiring Flash https://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/end-of-life.html because it isn't standards compliant. I've had aspirations to migrate the front end to a modern javascript interface, but it would require a huge time commitment.

This sucks. I haven't updated the game much for years, but the project represents a ton of my time and energy along with major contributions by Sunny, YetiFace, Secret Squirrel and a bunch of other friends and players who were kind enough to pitch in. It's a lot to let go of, but it's important to recognize when the road you're on comes to an end.

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Venetia Kerr
Venetia Kerr

Is this just for Sleuth: Shades of Mystery or is it also for Sleuth: Noir? Sorry if that's a dumb question; I don't know what all Flash is used for.

Talamaur
Talamaur

Hi, could you please try moving it to Steam, they've saved a lot of games there and it would reach a wider audience. Thank you for all these years, if not. Please do let us know if this does materialize.

develin
develin

Talamaur, I don't think admin is reading this...I think he has definately left the game...

Luna Tick
Luna Tick

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Horton Smith
Horton Smith

Or you can post your ideas on Noir, which isn't a flash game and will continue to work as usual. There is a better chance of one of the admins reading it.

Joyce Glade
Joyce Glade

I will be waiting on the app for Apple and Android. I think it worth the switch. I'm ready to purchase today... If not your gonna force me to make my own sleuth application....

Jayneromina
Jayneromina

what happened to giving us all full subscribers rights for the remainder of the game, Admin? As you wrote in your post?

Joseph Kennedy
Joseph Kennedy

I have some good memories with Sleuth: Shades of Mystery. A rainy day, bundled up on the couch with some hot cocoa solving murder mysteries after a long day. Yeah I'll miss this game, along with many other Flash games that I loved playing. I do hope this game gets ported to another platform like Steam because if it does I'll buy it in a heartbeat lol. If by chance that doesn't happen, I'd like to say goodbye to all the sleuths here. I met some cool people and had some fun times. Good luck in the future everyone! :)

develin
develin

Good luck to all sleuths...Happy New Year...
I will miss this game too....a lot...
Met some awsome people here...

Jayneromina
Jayneromina

I think you will find that unless a problem develops with flash, we will still be able to play. Interesting though, the promise that we would all be subbed in the latter stages of the game last year never happened!! What happened to that?

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