The internet fantasy baseball sim Blaseball is currently in its 11th season, following a tumultuous storyline involving gods, thralls, and peanuts. After all that, it seems like a good time for a brief respite.
Developer The Game Band announced today that following the conclusion of the 11th season, Blaseball will be taking a "grand siesta" to prepare for what's next. The league, which began as a small side project for The Game Band, has become an "all-consuming endeavor," and the studio needs time to lay the foundation for what's next.
"There's only so much planning we can do while seasons are running, so we're going to take several weeks off to get ready for what's next," The Game Band says. "We're setting up some new development practices that let us maintain the pace and improvisation of Blaseball while giving us some room to breathe."
It's also important for fans to take a breather, as The Game Band notes. Season 11 is being treated as an "epilogue," and things should cool down a bit before Blaseball gets back underway in earnest.
Considering the ramp-up that's been happening in Blaseball over the past few weeks, it's well-deserved. It started off as a somewhat-straightforward fantasy baseball sim, where teams battled and players bet on the outcome. The emerging metafiction took hold though, as the storylines built by the developers, the community, and even the randomness of the engine itself took the "splort" to new heights.
Just over a week ago, Blaseball held a baseball RPG boss battle against a peanut god, and this last weekend, players dethroned that god with the help of long-gone Blaseball pros' spirits. It was something else to see live.
If killing a god is just the start of Blaseball's ambitions, I'm eager to see where the fantasy sport can head in the future. In the meantime, The Game Band has more than earned a well-deserved rest. The studio also notes that Blaseball still isn't yet profitable—it is a completely free-to-play game—and they've opened a Patreon for supporters and fans to back it.
There's still some Blaseball fun to be had this week; seriously, the new sun and black hole conditions are resulting in some really wild standings. And after a nice break, I'll be looking forward to once again participating in the cultural event of Blaseball.