I've been dreading making this post ever since I made the final decision to close TheIsland down a few days ago. But, however much it may hurt me to say it and disappoint you guys, I feel like this MUST be done now.
In the past 3-4 months, the state of the server has been in a constant downhill spiral, with drama and comments from players getting worse and worse. We tried everything we could think of to solve these, from making pleas to the community all the way to outright banning ALL who caused drama, but in the end we were never able to be fully rid of it. I personally found myself wanting to join the server less and less, until it got to the point of me wanting to stay away from the community as a whole, including YouTube. This can't go on anymore. A certain aspect of this is a selfish reason, yes. I feel that if I don't do this now, my whole online presence may disappear into oblivion along with this great community we've made. This isn't just for me though, please don't see it as that. Other staff members have felt the exact way I was feeling too, along with other players just trying to have a good time who end up having horrible remarks made to them, along with being bullied in general. As a victim of this in the past, I can't sit right with myself knowing that no matter what we do, there will always be that element of TheIsland. I'm left with no other choice now, and I'm so sorry.
However, I don't want to talk in this post about that anymore. I don't want the recent state of the server to be how it's remembered. Let's remember the good times. The raids, the events, the streams, the videos and of course, the amazing friends we've all made through this journey. While the last few months were the worst I've experienced in my life for a while, I'd be ignorant to say that before this happened TheIsland also gave me the very best of my life as well. Thank you so much for that, words cannot express how much I appreciate you all. If you want to be angry at me for this decision, I understand. I don't expect you all accept this decision happily, but please try at the very least to understand my reasoning behind it. Thank you.
As a final message, I'll say this. This ISN'T the end of TheIsland permanently. My hope is to try and bring back TheIsland in a couple months. I don't want to promise anything, but both myself and the staff (along with you guys I think) need this BREAK at the very least. If in a couple months everyone is feeling refreshed and ready to work on new ideas, then I have absolutely no problem with rebooting TheIsland fully.
Thank you for some AMAZING times. TheIsland will always be one of my fondest memories, and I really hope that in a couple months, I'll be making a welcome back post! Don't forget about us, because we will never forget about you!