Given the extended downtime we’ve been having on our forums, I wanted to make this post to inform everyone about what’s going on, and when you can expect the forums to be back online.

A few weeks ago, we started noticing some serious issues with vBulletin, the software we use to run our forums. vBulletin is over a decade old, making it really difficult to maintain. Not only were there serious security issues that we couldn’t fix ourselves, but the boards had also mysteriously slowed to a crawl. After an extensive investigation, we couldn’t figure out why this was happening.

We’d been working on a new version of the forums, running on far more modern software, for a really long time. Although the new forums weren’t quite ready, we felt like they were ready enough that it wasn’t worth trying to revive vBulletin. So, roughly two weeks ago, we shut off the forums, put up a maintenance page, and began porting all of the existing posts and accounts from vBulletin.

Since ZU’s community is its heart and soul, we’ve been taking great care to make sure that everything is in its proper place. There’s no room for error here. We want to guarantee that, when we launch these new boards, they’re ten times better than what we had before.

Although I can’t give an exact date, we’re working our butts off around the clock to polish things up, and you can count its return in days – not weeks. The new forums will launch in beta, with an all-new design that matches our redesign from earlier this year. Even in beta, it’s far more functional, beautiful, and modern than our old boards ever were. We’re really proud of this release.

During the beta, we’ll be polishing things up with final designs and new features. The whole ZU team will be there to hear feedback as well. We have some big plans for the new forums, and this is everyone’s chance to get involved and shape the future of the Zelda fan community.

I hope you agree that it’s worth the wait. Thanks, everyone!