After 6 years PHPBB has released their new update codenamed Ascraeus ( https://www.phpbb.com/about/launch/ ). With all the new apps like NodeBB, Discourse and Vanilla (not that new), guess PHPBB felt the need to get back in on development. The forum has been completely rewritten, in fact none of the old plugins work any more and they have embarked on a course to release official plugins to go with the new Ascraeus release.
And I was thinking, since majority of bulletin board share goes to PHPBB ( second to VBulletin), are they trying to prevent current forums running PHPBB to prevent migrating to newer alternatives??
For example, there are forums with 1-2 million members active members like Gaia Online which makes use of PHPBB 3.0 even to this date What ya think?