It’s been a while since Pokenet, a very promising new pokemon mmorpg, got shut down. But they didn’t leave us empty handed. They gave the source code of their game away so that anyone who wanted to could use and adapt it the way they wanted to. This is how Pokemonium was born. The developers of Pokemonium have taken the source code of Pokenet and have been developing it to provide an even better online pokemon experience!
The game is still in development but beta versions are released over time and are free to download and play. Beware though that beta means you might encounter bugs during your playtime, so be sure to use their community forums for help when something goes wrong. You should also know that any progress you make in the game during beta will be wiped when the game is released. All characters and accounts will be wiped at the final launch of Pokemonium.
After An important team meeting the developers of Pokémon Universe decided they will try to release a public beta version of PU in December 2011!
The beta version will feature a brand new map and all basic features. It will give the players a real taste of what Pokémon Universe will have in store, and it will of course test the server and the game itself.
At this moment 12 players that have been chosen by the developers team are already testing the game and server. Everyone else who wants to try the game will have to wait till December though, because there isn’t a playable version of PU available to download yet.
I’m sure more news will come when the beta gets closer!
More than a year ago Pokénet was closed by Nintendo, but it’s code is still available for anyone to edit. And a new team of developers has picked up the code and is now developing and changing the Pokénet code from where the old team left off. This Project is called Pocket-monsuta and is available on http://pocket-monsuta.sourceforge.net/.
The same team of developers has made guides to help you set up your own pokénet server. If you’d like to host your own server, you should look at this post : http://forum.ragezone.com/f706/guide-pokenet-server-setup-760965/
If you successfully set up your own Pokénet server, you might also want to get friends to join you on your server, so you can play together! How this can be done is explained here: http://forum.ragezone.com/f706/guide-getting-players-server-762218/
If everything worked out, then you have a working Pokénet server to play on together with your friends. But if you don’t know how to program Pokénet, then you won’t be able to change the looks of your Pokénet game. But there is a way to change your game images, sizes, positions, links, etc. Without having to edit the source code of the game. If you would like to do this then you should read this :http://forum.ragezone.com/f705/release-open-source-pokenet-laucnher-762098/
I know a lot of people loved Pokénet just like I did! I hope this helps you to relive your Pokénet experience, and even to improve it!
PS: I might post about another Pokénet based project soon!