4.0 - Expansion
July '17 - January '18
4.0 is nowadays many players first reset, seeing more newcomers than 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 combined. With an advertisement from a famous member of the online Alternate Future Mapping community, 4.0 saw a rush of new players. Very little changed in gameplay between 3.0 and 4.0, besides the fact that there were a lot more people than before. 4.0 is the beginning of modern Colenia and the beginning of the server's relative stability. 4.0 expanded upon 3.0's interplanetary travel, introducing the polar opposite of Kara, an ice planet named Hothura.
A slice of islands on the planet of Hothura [November 2017, 4.0]
4.0 was a big moment for Colenia, with it being the first iteration to not end with a power struggle. 4.0's ended with a whimper, rather than a bang. The beginning of the end of 4.0 was with consistent downtime towards the ending of the reset, as well as dwindling player retention. It was decided that Colenia's world needed a fresh start for both new and returning players. 4.0's downtime would be used to reset the world files and brainstorm ideas for the next iteration. That brainstorming time, however, wasn't used at all.