On one sad evening in 2017, the iconic online game Club Penguin was officially shut down, leaving a penguin-shaped hole in the heart of millions of users around the world.
However, the game’s creator Lance Priebe has broken his silence on a potential return. When asked whether or not he regrets selling the iconic game, Priebe stated that he is “sad that it ended but confident it will one day return.”
No regrets. Disney helped Club Penguin expand world wide and introduced millions of children to our exciting little world. I’m sad that it ended but I am confident it will one day return.
— RocketSnail (@rocketsnail) March 14, 2023
After multiple lucrative offers and venture capital investments, the three Club Penguin co-creators sold Club Penguin to Disney in 2005 for a jaw-dropping $350 million. Ten years later, gamer numbers started to decline due to a number of issues such as copycat versions, little updates and lack of income.
While Priebe’s statement alone is not enough to justify a return just yet, the modern internet landscape does have a habit of speaking things into existence, so if you’re a Club Penguin fan we suggest keeping your eyes peeled.