Special Sauce is our own custom built Kitchen Sink style modpack with something for everyone. Nature, More blocks for building, Machinery, Technology, Magic, and more. At the moment, Sauce is undergoing a complete rebuild from the ground up. We are going back to our Special Sauce roots and the next release will be built on 1.7.10 like the first version was. We are doing it this way for a few reasons.
1. Nostalgia - Our first Special Sauce was a 1.7.10 modpack and many players are still looking for the classic 1.7.10 modded gameplay. 2. Stability - 1.10.2+ modded requires the use of a plugin mod called Sponge to support the other plugins we need for a server to be on our community. While Sponge is a great tool, it is still heavily in development, as are many of the mods for newer MC and this has led to several stability issues in modded servers everywhere. 1.7.10 was very stable in comparison as were the majority of the better mods out there, many of which are still being supported by their developers. 3. Expandability/Customization - 1.10.2+ servers require Sponge, which has its own API for outside plugins meaning plugins made to work with older servers (pre 1.8) will not work as they were built for Bukkit, not Sponge. While the Sponge plugin community is growing, it is still WAY behind the Bukkit community. Building as a 1.7.10 server, we will be able to tap into the massive Bukkit plugin community to add server side features to enhance the gameplay on the server.
There are a few other smaller reasons this decision was made, but these are the main ones. As far as a timeline goes, I'm not 100% sure yet. My plan is for Fall 2018 for the release but major development will not begin until we are 100% satisfied that our new Foundations server is up and running as smooth as possible.