Your days of getting banned from servers by making adorable, aquatic birds utter profane and sexually-inappropriate phrases are nearly over, much to the chagrin of YouTubers everywhere. After nearly twelve years of memories made, Disney’s mainly kid-friendly MMO Club Penguin is shutting its icy doors.
Club Penguin launched in March 2005 and was purchased by Disney in 2007. Although the Club has experienced a slow decline in memberships over the past few years, the game still netted a whopping 5.6 visits in January 2017 alone. After the announcement of the game’s shutdown, the servers quickly became flooded with visitors, wanting to grieve and relive their childhood nostalgia one more time. Still, the recent influx of visitors is not enough to change Disney’s mind.
Being a kids’ game, Club Penguin aggressively filtered out inappropriate language and bad behaviour, leading to many bans, some unintentional. This led to being banned from Club Penguin turning into a game of its own, with even an entire subreddit, r/bannedfromclubpenguin, sprouting up as a result. Club Penguin memes are everywhere, with some YouTubers dedicating their entire channels to trolling the game’s server and getting banned. Many children, unaware of their adult penguin brethren’s favourite pastimes, often responded to trolls’ questions innocently and honestly, leading to hilarious results.
Club Penguin’s final day will be on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017, and it will be replaced by the new MMO, Club Penguin Island. The official website promises that Club Penguin Island will offer players a uniquely penguin experience, featuring all new features and gameplay. The Club Penguin Team promises it will be “more fun than ever!” No word has been released yet on if there will be a transition period for members of Club Penguin and future members of Club Penguin Island.
While current Club Penguin members can still log in and continue to use their fully unlimited access to the game, memberships for both the desktop and mobile applications are no longer available for purchase as of January 31st, 2017. Paid member accounts will also no longer be charged a recurring payment for neither the desktop nor the mobile applications. All current paid members will be receiving emails with refund details within the next few days. All non-paid members can still log in and enjoy the game as they were before until the Club closes its doors in two months.
In a last attempt to make the most of Club Penguin, many users banded together to try to confirm one of the longest running rumours in the game’s history: If enough players gather on the main iceberg and begin to drill, the entire iceberg would flip and reveal a secret area. YouTuber punpun decided to record this phenomena to confirm its existence.
The iceberg flipped as predicted, revealing a dance party with bumping music, free hats for all the penguins, and the message: “Together, we can build an island, create a community, change the world…even tip an iceberg. Waddle on.”
Fitting for the finale of Club Penguin to end with a sense of community and an overdose of feels. Waddle on, gentle reader. Waddle on.