Apr 18 Update:
Today after some serious consideration we have decided that BTTF will not be returning as part of the futureland renovation. As previously stated, none of the current staff want to work on the ride, and we are not going to force ourselves to make something were not interested in, just because we feel pressured to. We know that many people will be upset by this decision. No amount of whining or complaining will cause us to change our minds.
TL;DR – Crap hit the fan. Things broke and people left. Idk.
It seems that every other guest that comes on the server asks me this question. I even occasionally get it on videos that are unrelated to Back to the Future. So I figure I’ll break down what happened, and why the renovation has taken so long.
- Quite some time ago, the TrainCarts plugin introduced improved cart speed physics. This improved how speeds are calculated and made for less awkward slowdowns, but it also meant that all of our existing ride audios were now out of sync.
- The TrainCarts Coaster plugin was released. This allowed for trackless rides, and so it made perfect sense to change over the ride to this system at the same time. However, this plugin makes cart detection much more difficult, and can be a bear to use at times.
- JsMovieGuy13 moved on. He was the 2nd builder on the project, and the creator of the star tours ride replica. About halfway through the renovation he moved on to work on other projects and servers.
- Wireless Redstone plugin discontinued. This plugin powered most all of the effects in the ride. About 14 in total. As of 1.15.2, the plugin still works, but we are making an active effort to remove it from all existing attractions.
- It was never “my” project. In the beginning it was builder Minifigjoe that created V1. Then JsMovieGuy13 and I worked on V2. While I helped significantly with both, they were the drivers of the project. As such after they both left, I lost motivation to continue working on the project.
That being said, I still intend to finish it. I do not know when, although I’d like to say before 2021, along with a FutureLand mini-renovation.