We all have our first MMO. For some people it's Runescape, others World of Warcraft, and others still Everquest. Those who were young in the mid-2000s may have gravitated towards Club Penguin, a social MMO where you can chat with other penguins and partake in silly mini-games. Unfortunately, the Club Penguin development team has announced that Club Penguin will be shutting down as development for its sequel ramps up.
In its post the developers begin by saying that they've spent the past few years working on Club Penguin Island, and that it will be ready to play in March. With the focus on the new game, they have decided to shut down the original around the same time. As usual for MMO and online service shut downs, this will be handled in a series of steps. Starting today you can no longer purchase membership for Club Penguin. All players who already owned the monthly membership will be getting the last couple of months for free, with today also being the last day for reoccurring payments.
Following that the game will mostly continue to operate normally until March 29th, which is when it will close its doors and shut down. Both the desktop version and the mobile version will go.
If you want to get in your last hurrah, starting February 1st Club Penguin will have one last party to celebrate its 11 years of activity. The exact details of this party are still unknown, but it should be one nice final moment for former players who want to see what happened to the game and current players who want to keep up with their friends.
If you're interested in continued experience in the life of a penguin, pre-registration for Club Penguin Island, the mobile follow-up to Club Penguin, is available now and will keep going until February 16th. You can sign up for that here.