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January 18, 2021 / KingsIsle Community

KingsIsle Acquisition and Looking Ahead

My Dear KingsIsle Community,

The beginning of a new year is always a wonderful time, albeit a little too cold for my tastes as a Pyromancer, but as each day gets longer the sun gets brighter, and soon Spring will be here before we know it!  Speaking of new beginnings, some of you may have seen the press release about the acquisition of KingsIsle by Gamigo.  This is certainly big news, and I wanted to chat about what that means and answer some of the questions that you may have.

First of all, let me assure you that the friendly faces that you’ve come to know and love aren’t changing and we’re full steam ahead on the next updates and laying the foundation for the year to come.  Ratbeard and Mattnetic are agonizing over a plethora of spreadsheets and math.  The illustrious Jeff Toney is doodling away and you should see some of the astounding things Adam Roush is concepting for the next update!  Decius is continuing to curate and maintain our Crown Shop and promotion plan, and you will be able to continue to beg him on twitter for the next Crowns Sale as usual.  Sparck/Bat Masterson will be coordinating many KI Lives to come, and Vanessa Mythdust will be continuing to hone her art of the pun.  We’re still here, we’re still KingsIsle, and we’re not planning on slowing down.

Gamigo is enthusiastic about the same things we have always been excited about at KingsIsle.  First and foremost, we have the best community out there.  Period.  We’ve discussed how helpful and positive y’all are, they’re quite impressed!  Second, it’s a very rare and precious thing for an MMO game to be thriving as it approaches it’s teenage years, which is certainly in part because of you – our amazing community.   Gamigo is excited to become a part of such a wonderous phenomenon.  In 2020’s Producer’s letters, I spoke in length about gearing Wizard101 up for the next decade with various overhauls and revamps.  Gamigo and the team have talked about the long view, how we’re in this to keep the game thriving through the next ten anniversaries and beyond, and we both endeavor to make that happen.  We’re committed to keeping the updates flowing, and… there may be some exciting opportunities outside of what you’ve come to expect.  Stay tuned.

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Continue to have fun, be the amazing community you already are, and keep your eyes peeled as we’ll soon be able to start talking about the next update as we get closer to that Test Realm date!

January 22, 2021 Update:

Hi KI Community! I wanted to follow up with a quick note on some of the things buzzing around since the acquisition. 

First of all, there are no plans for Wizard101 or Pirate101 to go entirely Free to Play because of this. We’re sticking with our current model for the foreseeable future. 

Second, I’ve talked at length how proud I am to be part of a community that has grown up with us. Our target demographic when we first launched in 2008 was tweens and teens, Pirate skewing a touch older in 2012, but not much. We happily found that folks older and younger loved our games as well. A growing amount of you that have been with us for the long haul are no longer in that age range, but one thing our MMOs were built on was to be a safe and inclusive online space for all ages. That is not changing. Our very identity is that we are a family friendly game for everyone, the kind of game that kids and parents can play together. 

Lastly, we’re INCREDIBLY excited for those “exciting opportunities” I mentioned, but there’s nothing I can announce right now. First and foremost, we’re getting the KI team integrated with our friends at Gamigo, while our update schedule remains exactly as planned a week ago. From there, we’ll start working on translating some of our other ideas to actual working plans.  

One of those ideas is to have more regular updates to Pirate101. I’m excited about the possibilities but this is something that will take some planning and coordination with Gamigo (and, frankly, more developers than we have now) to make happen. 

These things take time, so please be patient with us, and stay tuned. We’ll talk more about this on KI Live, and through the coming months as progress progresses! 

See you in the Spiral,

Leah “Professor Falmea” Ruben
Lead Producer of MMO Content

December 19, 2020 / KingsIsle Community

From All of Us at KingsIsle, Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays…from us to you! Our community means a lot to us, and we want to show how much! Enjoy these special messages from various members of the KingsIsle team – all about how YOU have impacted us and our games.

“Thank you all for enjoying our games this year. Your patience and support while we navigate these unprecedented times is appreciated and valued. I hope you all are able to find comfort, support, and joy during this holiday season. Stay well!” – Renee Wooten, Associate Producer (and her dog Sadie)

“Over this past year I loved interacting with you all on KI Live and seeing your responses to my producer’s letters. Karamelle is just the start of Arc 4, so keep that feedback coming in 2021 to help us make the magic happen!” – Professor Falmea, Lead Producer

“We’ve laughed together (oh so many story quips in our games), we’ve cried together (when being unexpected defeated by a boss), and we’ve celebrated with dance and song at community house parties (three cheers to all your fantastical and magical housing designs!).

I’ve been with KingsIsle and this amazing community for a couple of years now, yet I feel like we’ve been friends forever. I’ve met so many dedicated Wizards and Pirates that have helped both myself get introduced to all the Spiral has to offer, but most importantly, have helped so many others to enjoy the games to their fullest.

Please feel free to reach out to me at any time to ask questions, express your concerns about a game feature, or just to chat. It’s what I am here for. Here’s to what’s going to be a great 2021 and many more years to come!” – Sparck, Community Manager

“The KingsIsle community will always have a special place in my heart. After all, being a part of it and meeting all the incredible people I did is part of the reason why I now get to work on the games I love at KingsIsle! There are so many different aspects of the community and each one continues to delight and inspire me every single day. Whether you’re a fansite owner or staff member, livestreamer or Youtuber, artist, housing decorator, PvPer, you name it …. thank you. Your passion, creativity, and dedication to our games brings a smile to my face. It’s a special feeling when you all finally get to explore what we’ve created after months and months of working on it. You’re the reason why we continue to do what we do! Thank you for being a part of it!”
– Vanessa Mythdust, Marketing Coordinator

“2020 had high highs and low lows, but we truly felt your support all year long. I especially loved reviewing Wizard101’s past, present, and future with the Long Live the Spiral documentary this past year. What a cool tribute! Thanks for your thoughts, art, and humor! Keep being amazing!!” – Tom “The Friendly Necromancer” Purdue

“I love seeing all the user guides. There is so much love behind people wanting to help other people enjoy a game they can share, what a great community!” – Game Programmer

“Dear Community,

Wow. 2020 y’all! What a quest it’s been. You were so very patient. You were kind. You understood we were real people working right along with you in a topsy turvy world.

Thank you for being a part of the Spiral and all of our lives here at KingsIsle Entertainment. We appreciate every one of you and getting the chance to assist in your travels. We hope that you continue to journey on with us for many years to come.

For all that this year has been, we thank you sincerely. You are what makes our days fulfilled and we look forward to leveling up with you in 2021!” – KingsIsle Support

All of our team members feel the same about their passion and drive to work with you to make our games better for your benefit. We are here for you and will always be listening for feedback and that next awesome idea that may make its way into the game.

For more from us, also be sure to visit our 12 Days of the Spiral page for additional gifts for your game characters.

Have a safe and happy holidays community!

November 9, 2020 / KingsIsle Community

KingsIsle Gamers Raised over $14,000 for Extra Life 2020!

For several years now, KingsIsle gamers have bound together to raise money for charity through Extra Life. Thousands of gamers from all over the world teamed up to make 2020 a great year for Extra Life to raise money for Dell Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. We helped raise money for our local Austin Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.

As one of the largest fundraising events for the organization, Extra Life helps Children’s Miracle Network to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

From the CMN website:

More than 10 million kids enter a children’s hospital like Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas across North America every year. To provide the best care for kids, children’s hospitals rely on donations and community support, as Medicaid and insurance programs do not fully cover the cost of care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has helped fill those funding gaps by raising more than $7 billion, most of it $1 at a time through Miracle Balloon icon campaigns. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

This year, hundreds of Wizards and Pirates joined together on the KingsIsle Gamers team, to play games and raise money for a great cause. Saturday, November 7, was the final grand finale where community livestreamers joined in to play our games. The team’s original goal was $10,000 but together we achieved over $14,000 raised! We even exceeded our fundraising last year by over $5,000!

Our team’s top fundraiser this year was the community group, Legends of the Spiral, with an amazing $1,250 raised! Team leaders who raised $100 or more received the new Wizard101 Candied Isles Bundle. These rewards are currently being sent out over the next several days. If you are a team leader and do not receive your reward by November 20, 2020, please contact

If you didn’t participate in Extra Life, don’t worry! The bundle is starting to become available in various GameStop stores and should also be available on their website soon.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated! We are endlessly proud of the generous spirit shown in the fans of KingsIsle games. See you on our team next year!