The future of Frosty

First, I’d like to give you some context about Flash, the technology that powers Frosty:

You may see placeholders in this post, such as [Redacted Penguin Game]. If you wish to know what these stand for (and don’t already), feel free to join our Discord and ask, or ask on our IRC channel. We avoid using the name on any of our sites, including the blog.

Adobe Flash

Adobe Flash, also known as Macromedia Flash before being acquired by Adobe, is a platform used for animations, web apps, desktop apps, games, and more. Some of you may already know lots about Flash, so you can skip this section if you’d like.

Adobe Flash Player image from download website. Contains logo of Adobe Flash Player

Flash is the platform that powered many of the browser games you know and love. You probably played these games on sites like Newgrounds, Miniclip, Cool Math Games, Armor Games, Stickpage, just to name a few. But most importantly, Frosty and [Redacted Penguin Game] use Flash.

Because of its closed nature (requiring you to install proprietary software to consume Flash content), Flash quickly fell out of use, and a major blow to it was when iOS decided to not support it. Mostly everyone moved on to HTML5, due to every platform and browser supporting it; and even Flash Professional (the application used to create Flash content) renamed to Animate and moved on to HTML5 (and other technologies, like Adobe AIR).

But, sadly, [Company that made Redacted Penguin Game] never made the switch to a different platform. This means that [Redacted Penguin Game] stayed on Flash. This may have seemed unimportant, until 2017.

In July 2017, Adobe announced that it would be ending support for Flash in the end of 2020. Adobe AIR would still be supported and developed, but Flash would not get any more security updates, feature updates, or support. Popular browsers like Chrome (including Chromium-based browsers like Opera, Edge, etc…) and Firefox would completely remove Flash from their software.

Because of [Redacted Penguin Game] staying on Flash, Frosty will no longer run on browsers after December 2020.

What will happen to Frosty?

I’m happy to announce that we are working on a full remake of the game in Unity! It won’t be ready for a while, though. We think that it will be ready in 2021. Updates about the remake will be posted in #unity in the Discord server.

Unity logo (Unity is the engine used in the remake of Frosty)

A Temporary Solution

But, you might ask, what will happen to Frosty after Flash Player is no longer supported but before the remake is ready?

Well, we have already prepared for this! As you may or may not have known, we have a desktop client.

Picture of the Frosty desktop client
Picture of the Frosty desktop client

The Desktop Client is available for Windows and macOS. It is also fully open source, so if you’d like to contribute, you can make a Pull Request, or if you’d like to report a bug, you can make a GitHub issue.

Questions you might have about the remake

  • Will the database be reset again? There will be an account migration system to move your account from Frosty to New Frosty. Things like coins, stamps, account info (account age, username) and puffles will be transferred, but we are not yet sure if items/clothing will be transferred. We will go more in-depth about items being transferred or not in the future.
  • How will it be rolled out? Can I get early access/can I help test it? When the port is about half-way done, we will pick some people from our Discord to help us test it in a closed beta. People who have donated to us at any point (PayPal or Patreon) will have guaranteed access to the closed beta (if they want it).
  • What platforms will the remake be available on? Since Unity can export to basically anything, we’ll be able to make versions for the web, PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, etc…. Of course we probably won’t have console versions of Frosty, but we can. The actual planned platforms are PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and the web.

Questions you might have about the desktop client

  • Will we need to use the desktop client? Yes. The web client will be removed from the website on the 15th of December, and it will be replaced by a button that downloads the Desktop Client.
  • What are the differences between the desktop client and the web client? Mostly nothing! There are some features that don’t exist in the web client, though: Better full-screen mode, filling up your whole screen this time; and automatic cache clearing, so that you don’t need to clear it manually.

If you have any more questions, please ask them in the comments below! This way, you can check the comments section before asking a question to see if it’s already been answered.

Psst. We have an IRC channel on Freenode. It’s called #frosty. You can ask questions there too.

Author: Daniel
Hi! I'm Daniel, the owner/CEO/Lead Developer of Frosty.

4 thoughts on “The future of Frosty

  1. will desktop frosty coexist with new frosty once the unity version is finished? or will desktop be shut down afterwards?

    1. New Frosty will replace all versions of Frosty that run on flash, including Desktop Client. The Flash client and the Unity client cannot coexist as they use a completely different server (Flash frosty uses Houdini, and New Frosty uses the Frosty Server) and we would also have to make content in both Flash and Unity formats

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