More than seven years have passed since free-to-play MMORPG Kingdom of Loathing launched, but Asymmetric Publications continues to release regular updates to the humorous browser-based MMORPG, improving its stick figure graphics and adding new features/content.

Anyone who's played Kingdom of Loathing knows its an eccentric game, what with its offbeat classes (e.g. Pastamancers, Accordion Theives) and meat-based currency, so it's no surprise that Asymmetric Publications has taken an offbeat approach in communicating its updates while trying to entice lapsed players.

The developer is sending out emails to players who've abandoned the game, letters that read more like pleas from an ex-lover than a promotional message from a corporation. Here's how the note begins:

Dear [character name],

Okay, I’m not good at this kind of thing, but I feel like I have to give it a try. So, here goes:

I was hanging out the other night, listening to some old mp3s, and I was just overcome with memories of when we used to hang out all the time. Remember? You were an intrepid, fearless adventurer, and I was the free-to-play, fun-and-funny online role-playing game that won your heart. Do you still remember those good times? I can’t stop thinking about them.

I mean, I know things got kind of messed up at the end, and believe me, I’m sorry. If I could take any of that back, I totally would. And I know people grow and change, and you’re not the same person you were then, but hey — I’ve changed, too! I thought and thought about how to win you back. I figured I’d make you a mix CD, but I couldn’t decide what “our song” was. So I just concentrated on becoming a better game for you, and here’s what I came up with. ...

How could you not want to give Kingdom of Loathing another chance after the game's bared its heart to you like that? You can read the full, desperate email on former player Pete Davison's blog.

[Via Infinite Lives]