The LoE Forum is Back!
If you can cast your mind back all the way to July 5, you'll remember that we suffered a cyberattack that hit one of our databases. That attacker gained access to records like usernames, email addresses, and password hashes for all accounts registered with LoE - both team members, and the general public. Because of that attack, we had to immediately shut down the forum - and production on the game - until we were able to guarantee the safety of everyone.
We still believe that the attacker was focused on targeting our team members specifically, but that doesn't change that they would have had access to everyone else's details too. That's why we continue to advise you to change your password on any website or service that had the same password as your LoE account.
We've now finished this stage of updating our security systems; that's why the forum is back! We're still looking into what more we can do, but we're confident in the steps we've taken so far. Part of those steps we've taken will require you to set a new password for your LoE account if you have one, though. On the login page, you'll need to click "forgot your password?" and follow those steps to send an email to your registered email address which will allow you to set a new, stronger password.
Another step we've taken is to remove the chatbox from the forum. It was old and outdated, and served as a possible attack point against us. We don't want to leave you with nothing, though, so we've set up a Discord server as an improved replacement! It has the same features and more, is safer for everyone, and is a better way to communicate. You can join by clicking here (note that you'll need a Discord account!).
Taptalk is also disabled for the time being, but we have taken the opportunity to update our forum systems - including making it more mobile-friendly. Hopefully the forum will not only be safer, but also better to use!
Everything else - all the threads, posts, and account details - should be exactly where you left them; but if you notice anything missing, or any other issues, please let us know as soon as possible!
Because of the delay and damage caused by the attack, we've obviously missed our intended August 19 target for the LoE Open Access Release. Our new OAR date is September 10, and we're working extra hard to make sure we're able to include everything we wanted into that release.
Remember, in order to be able to play LoE on that date, you'll need to have a working forum account; that means that you will need to update your password if you have one already, or create one if you don't.
Once again, we apologise for the security breach, but we're confident that the steps we have taken will help to safeguard us from similar attempts in the future - and we still look forward to exploring the world of Equestria with all of you on September 10!
Expect more details about our Open Access Release to come over the next few weeks!