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Club Penguin Island Ready to Close

Well then, hello everybody. Happy Thanksgiving Weekend to all US readers.

It’s been a bit over a year and a half since you last heard from me. After Club Penguin closed, I moved on with my life and had no more desire for any reincarnations of Club Penguin. Club Penguin in those last few years were really bad anyways, in my opinion. It contained repetition, no creativity, sponsorships everywhere, and a really bad chat filter. They really let it go downhill from 2013 to the end. 2013-2014 were alright, but 2015-2017 was just awful. It’s a shame.

This may be because the Club Penguin team was working so hard on Club Penguin Island. It was in development since at least 2015 and they spent so much time making teasers, blog posts, and committing most of their time to that. It opened on March 29, 2017; the same day Club Penguin closed. (I know I said I’d make a post, but oh well.) A year and a half later, CPI announces it will be closed for good.

Is it fair to call the game an utter failure? Not necessarily. But perhaps.

I was pretty surprised by this news that came out in late September. I thought it would at least go for five years or so. Yet here we are 20 months later.

I only played the game when it first came out, naturally, like everyone else did who was curious. It wasn’t my style, plus I was out of the range of their key age of players. It was time to move on. I still sometimes miss the old days of classic Club Penguin from time to time. It was a very big part of my childhood from 2007-2012. After that, not as much.

It’s a shame that this has happened though. Actually, I think it is safe to say that it was a pretty big failure. It’s awful that all these employees will be laid off right before Christmas.

I‘m not really sure what went wrong. Not enough players? Too much work for the 3D? They think it went on long enough? Too many bugs and glitches? We may never know the real reason.

Their blog is making posts right now with all the things they were planning on doing with Herbert amongst other things. So much potential…thrown in the trash. I also can’t believe they never introduced puffles or igloos. Club Penguin classic had those up and ready within months of launch in 2005. That reason also probably led to less popularity.

This seems to be the official end of the Club Penguin name. Let that sink in for a moment. Very, very unfortunate.

The game closes December 20. Thanks for playing.

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Club Penguin Free Membership Day!

As a thank you for their community, Club Penguin has giving everybody a free day of membership! Thanks Club Penguin! (Although it should have been longer).

Club Penguin closes TONIGHT:

Thursday, March 30th at 12:01 am Penguin Standard Time.

A post by me will follow.

Club Penguin Final Day Reflection

For almost two months now, we knew we had a limited time before Club Penguin was gone.

Now that day is here.

Tomorrow is the last full day on Club Penguin. Last time this game was completely shut down (and only time to my knowledge) was the Club Penguin Improvement Project in April 2008 for one day when the homepage and many in-game features were revamped. Everyone was upset about that one day closure. Now it’s closing for good.

At exactly 12:01 am Penguin Standard Time (PST) on Thursday, March 30, 2017, Club Penguin will start to take down it’s servers. This is 3:01 am Eastern, 12:01 am Pacific Time. According to a blog comment response by Megg, they won’t all be taken down immediately, but that is when the process will begin. I’d expect all servers to be down by 1:00 am PST and be all but silent and locked up. If you are on during these late hours, which I’m sure true fans will be, you will receive a lost connection message box. It has already been updated since last week, and says something along the lines of thanking you for playing.

At one time, about 2008-2010, I thought to myself what would I do without Club Penguin. Sadly, I have grown and that is not necessarily the case anymore. It is also a good thing though, because if I was still in love with the game as I once was then I’d have a hard time letting it go now. This closure is sad for me, but not as sad if it was my nine year old self. I will always treasure those heydays of Club Penguin though when I was basically on it every day. It was apart of my childhood.

Onto some less depressing news, starting tonight, March 29th at 12:01 am PST, and up until Club Penguin closes at 12:01 am March 30th, EVERYONE will have unlimited Club Penguin access with free memberships! That means you can see your saved igloos from years ago, wear your favorite member clothes, and play unlimited mini-game levels – all one last time. Although it should have been the last month or something.

Say goodbye to your puffles. Say goodbye to your buddies. Say goodbye to everything on this game we have known for the past 11 and a half years. This is your last chance. It may be hard for some to not shed a tear, but Club Penguin is still continuing on Club Penguin Island and there’s free membership tomorrow!

This game has gone through many changes in it’s history, but one things for sure – it’s always been a little game we called…

Club Penguin.

Blog – Penguins of the Week: Club Penguin Community

The final Penguin of the Week on classic Club Penguin has arrived today. And the Penguins of the Week are us, nominated by the Club Penguin Team! Here’s the post:

Hi, penguins!

The entire Club Penguin community has been nominated to be Penguins of the Week by, the Club Penguin Team!

Here are a few of our nominations:

 

“I’d love for everyone (the whole community!) to be PotW! Every penguin has been so kind and inviting to the island for new penguins and to me. The best part of my day is logging on and meeting penguin pals, chatting in the coffee shop, and just staying creative. It’s their love for this island that has kept it afloat for so long. Thanks for being so warm on a cold island – the party definitely starts when the community waddles in. Don’t forget to be awesome and stay creative!” -Amykim

“I would like the nominate the entire Club Penguin community for Penguin of the Week! This community of passionate, creative, and adventurous penguins has really impacted me in the most positive way. From the selflessness and compassion, to the silly and funny sense of humor that you bring to the Island, you really make Club Penguin the awesome place that it is. Thank you for all of your positive energy and good vibes. I can’t wait to see what kind of amazing things we all do next! Waddle on!”  -Chaddington

“I nominate ALL THE PENGUINS! This is a huge week for the Club Penguin community, so they ALL deserve to be recognized. Thanks for all the awesome things they do for each other and for the team!” — Bodoni

“The Club Penguin community has been open and accepting to penguins from all over the world, exemplifying a tremendous amount of generosity and kind heartedness. It has been an honor getting to know so many of them, and I look forward to even more great memories. *Salutes*” -Sgt Sparkles

“For the last classic CP POTW, I’d really love to nominate ALL THE PENGUINS. The things you do together are amazing! I’ve seen you care for each other when times are tough, help each other when there’s a problem to solve, cheer for each other when there’s a game to play, dance like Christmas trees when there’s….Christmas tree dancing to do(?) Together you ARE CP, and that deserves a million nominations!” -Boltzor

“I’d like to nominate the WHOLE CP COMMUNITY to be PoTW, it’s because of your support, dedication, and passion for the game that’s kept it going for the past 11 years, and allowed us to continue on into Club Penguin Island. There is never a time when I’ve gone online and not had the best time ever, so thanks to each and every one of you for making my job so incredible.” -Megg

“I would like to nominate the entire community of Club Penguin because they are the best and they ae always there for one another. ¡We have had a blast entertaining you for so long! Throughout all our adventures in Club Penguin, it has made me really happy to see all the creativity that our feathered friends have by creating amazing igloos and by reading all the wonderful suggestions you send us. ¡You guys are the best! I have enjoyed very much all the games we have played, and although I have lost almost all the sleight races… ¡It was so much fun! You guys are truly wonderful and I think that every single one of you deserves to be penguin of the week!” -Polar Play

 

Congrats, penguins! While we may not be able to grant you all the PoTW background, we’re sending all the virtual high-fives we have to each and every one of you! 

Thanks for being the best community our team could have ever hoped for. We look forward to many more Penguins of the Week in CPI. :)

Waddle on!

-Club Penguin Team

Great way to wrap things up.

Blog – Waddle Down Memory Lane Part 2

Part two of the Waddle Down Memory Lane videos arrived yesterday. Here is the post and the video:

Hi penguins,

There’s no way the team could express their favorite Club Penguin moments in one single Waddle-Down-Memory-Lane video. So here’s part 2! And not only will you hear some of the team’s best memories, but you’ll hear what they’re excited about for Club Penguin Island.

Missed part 1 of Waddle Down Memory Lane? Find it HERE.

We’d also to remind everyone that on March 29 at 12:01 am PST, all penguins will receive an ALL-ACCESS pass to Club Penguin until 12:01 am PST March 30.

Thank you all SO MUCH for being on this journey with us, we can’t wait to see you on Club Penguin Island!

Waddle on,

-Club Penguin Team

It’s nice to see all the memories of the team through the years.

Blog – Waddle On Party: Finale Meet-Up Times

Over the weekend Club Penguin held two farewell parties for Club Penguin. Here was the announcement:

Hi penguins,

We’ve been delayed (we’ve been delayed) on part 2 of our Waddle Down Memory Lane video, but not to worry! It will be coming next week :)

If you missed part 1 of Waddle Down Memory Lane? Find it HERE.

We’re also happy to announce that on March 29 at 12:01 am PST, all penguins will receive an ALL-ACCESS pass to Club Penguin until 12:01 am PST March 30.

And if you haven’t heard yet, there will be TWO meet-ups to celebrate Club Penguin. Huge thanks to every penguin that contributed to making #SoLongCP and #CPReunion happen. We seriously have THE best community ever.

Here are the times:

 

Friday, March 24 (#SoLongCP)

  • Time: 4:00 pm PST
  • Server: Marshmallow
  • Room: Snow Forts

Saturday, March 25 (#CPReunion)

  • Time: 1:00 pm PST
  • Server: Marshmallow

 

WOW, so many amazing times, and so much more to come!

What’s your favorite memory of CP, and what are you most looking forward to in Club Penguin Island? Let’s hear from YOU in the comments.

Waddle on,

-Club Penguin Team

Did you go? Also, don’t forget Club Penguin has free membership on Wednesday!

Club Penguin’s Last Week Notice and Fireworks

Club Penguin updated for the final time today. When you log in, all the characters will greet you for being apart of the game and being part of this great community.

Also, fireworks (with sound effects!) have been added in the Town, Snow Forts, and Plaza to celebrate the last hurrah. The grand finale in the Town matches up with the room music nicely.

Here’s a few notices from myself:

  • I am not planning on posting about Club Penguin Island, however I will most likely try it out and maybe post a few things about the game here and there. It definetely won’t be consistant or on a daily basis. The posts will remain for memories.
  • I will be posting every blog post Club Penguin makes during this final week of Club Penguin.

So, that’s it! I will be logging on next Wednesday for the final day with free membership for everyone!