‘Afrofantasy’ MMORPG, The Wagadu Chronicles, shutting down May 18th

‘Afrofantasy’ MMORPG, The Wagadu Chronicles, shutting down May 18th

Launched just this past December, developer Twin Drums announced earlier this week that their sandbox MMORPG, The Wagadu Chronicles, will now be shutting down on May 18th. At launch Steam player data showed a peak of only 32 players with active users quickly trailing off into the single digits as the months wore on. 

It is with deep regret that we announce the upcoming shutdown of The Wagadu Chronicles MMO. Despite our relentless efforts, Twin Drums has not found a sustainable path forward to continue supporting and developing the game.

The last day online will be the 18th of May 2024.

We are really grateful to each and every one of you who spent time in Wagadu, creating memories and bringing this world to life. Your engagement and the incredible feedback you provided represent invaluable lessons to our team.

With your interactions, roleplaying and inputs, you ARE Wagadu. You have moved us forward.

Wagadu was more than just a game—it was a beautiful little virtual space that became a reality, because of your love. We truly thank you for making it possible and for joining us on this unique journey.

While this is very sad news, we very grateful for you as players and we hope you carry forward the spirit of Wagadu in other gaming adventures, virtual or tabletop.

Thank you.

Steam Announcement – May 08, 2024

Meanwhile, a similar announcement was posted on the same day to the game’s Kickstarter campaign where funding was going towards both the MMORPG and a series of table-top books. Though once promised to be released in physical print form, only PDFs of the work-in-progress documents are now being released to backers. Also worth pointing out, Twin Drums received some amount of funding from Riot Games as part of their Underrepresented Founders Program, an initiative that came from a $10 million investment in June of 2020 after the murder of George Floyd.

Thanks to the anonymous reader who submitted the news to the site. We’ve added the date to the Watch List calendar and will have a page up on the site later.