On January 22nd, 2007 Persistent Worlds Ltd ceased trading. PW was a European publisher tasked with bringing a popular Korean game, Carpe Diem, to the Western market.
The game was received well by gamers, who found something fresh and exciting in the game's quirky visuals and unique features, such as possession and mounted combat.
But due to a poor marketing strategy, Persistent Worlds Ltd eventually folded, and with it we lost one of the unsung gems of the MMORPG genre; Carpe Diem. Many people were devastated when they heard the news.
Now, a few months later, a group of ex-players have banded together and sent out a call for help. They are creating a petition with the goal of showing the world that the Carpe community has not gone silently into the night. They are still pining for what many of them have described as 'the best online game they have ever been part of'. Many ex-Carpers state that no other game to date has been able to fill that hole in their hearts; not even WoW!
But they are not just relying on the goodwill of some anonymous company exec to stumble across it and pick up the game. They have the backing of none other than one of the former CEOs of Persistent Worlds*, Phil White (previously of Codemasters). Mr White has agreed to present their case to GNISoft (the Korean developers of the game) directly, in a plea to revive the Western version of Carpe. But in order to impress, they will first need as many signatures as they can get.
So, what are you waiting for? Show the guys and girls your support. Whether you played Carpe Diem in the past, or would be interested in playing it in the future, or even if you're just in it for kicks - sign the petition. You don't need to register an account, and it only takes two minutes to make your mark.
It can be done here: http://z11.invisionfree.com/CarpeKin/index.php?showtopic=345&st=0
The community eventually plans to reach 500 signatures, but they would be thrilled to get even more support, as each new signature brings their dream one step closer to fruition.
If you'd like to see some visuals of the game you're helping to save, here is a user made video of one of the game's major events - "The End of the World" - which was to mark the end of Closed Beta. It resonates now as a prelude to the company's eventual downfall http://youtube.com/watch?v=tyt7zfY8xHw
*Persistent Worlds itself claims that it will not be coming back any time in the near future.