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Humans-vs-Werewolves royale, Don't Even Think, shuts down in August

Dark Horse Game Studio and Perfect World announced on May 14th that their free-to-play, asymmetrical, battle royale-like, Don’t Even Think, for PlayStation 4 will be shutting down on August 14th. The full announcement follows:

We have been indebted to your attention and support ever since the official launch of “Don’t Even Think” (DET). Due to the repercussions caused by the coronavirus and a multitude of reasons, it is with the heaviest of hearts that we have come to the unfortunate decision of announcing that we are ceasing operations for DET. Please accept our most sincere apologies for this outcome. Arrangements for our termination of operations will be gradual, and as follows:

Regarding North America, Japan:

05 June 2020: The game will be removed from store shelves. With goods removed as well, players will be unable to download the game or recharge D points.

14 Aug 2020 07:00 (GMT): Closure of game servers. Players will be unable to login to the game.

30 Sep 2020 07:00 (GMT): Official game website will be closed. Players will be unable to visit the website any longer.

30 Sep 2020 07:00 (GMT): Closure of Facebook and Twitter social media accounts. We will cease posting notices and be unable to respond to inquiries.

To express our heartfelt appreciation for all of you who have supported us through this entire journey, after removing the game and goods from store shelves we will be promoting special events from 15 May 2020 to 14 Aug 2020 (GMT), before shutting down servers.

We are ever-grateful for your loyal support to DET, and again, would like to offer our apologies for this decision. Thank you!

“DET” PS4 Ops Team

As of this writing, it is unclear what will happen to the European version of the game as it is not included in the timeline above and was released less than a month before the decision to shut the game down. It’s possible that scaling back to a single region will allow the game and studio to keep operating and ramp back if the global pandemic stabilizes over the summer.

However, Perfect World has launched and shut down dozens of games over the years and this could easily be just another of them. For now you can still give the game a shot for yourself on PlayStation 4 (EU, JP, US). I’ve added the dates to the Watch List calendar and I’ll get a game page ready to go up soon. Thanks to FallenRyan for pointing out the news!

Growtopia shutting down on consoles July 30th

The Growtopia team announced on April 27th, 2020 that the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch versions of the game will be shut down at the end of July. These versions were released in July of 2019 and apparently did’t garner a big enough audience or generate enough income from microtransaction purchases to continue supporting them. The team’s announcement follows:

Hello Growtopians,

When we launched Growtopia on consoles in July, we wanted to bring the beloved features of Growtopia to PlayStation, Xbox and Switch, giving console players the opportunity to create infinite worlds and share their astounding creations with their friends online.

In January, we shared An Update about the State of Consoles and we made the decision to reduce content and support for the console version of Growtopia, in order to allocate all resources back to support the Mobile and PC version.

There is no easy way to say this, but we will be discontinuing our service for Growtopia on consoles in July to allocate all our resources to the Mobile and PC version. This decision did not come lightly, but ultimately after exploring several options, the console version of Growtopia is not sustainable.

If you are currently playing on consoles, what does this mean for you? As of today, all purchases in the in-game store are disabled. Therefore, you will no longer be able to purchase Gems. However, you still will be able to use your Gems to purchase items until the full closure of the game.

On July 30, we will be closing the servers. After July 30, you will no longer be able to log into your account. Until then, you will be able to play the game with the current level of support.

We are grateful for the community that was built around the console version of Growtopia and we are sorry to close this chapter. We thank you, Growtopians, for your continued support over the last year and hope you enjoyed the journey as much as we did. Thank you!

Unfortunately there’s no migration process to bring your console account over to the PC or mobile versions so you’ll have to start over if you want to keep playing there. I’ve added the deadline date to the Watch List calendar and will have a game page up on the site soon. Thanks to Kaizuken for pointing out the news!

Rival Games shutdown takes The Detail offline "soon"

Rival Games CEO, Jukka Laakso, announced in a blog post April 10th that the studio would soon be shut down. After mounting debt and financial losses over the years, the coronavirus pandemic ultimately put potential investors and aid out of reach for the studio. Laakso admitted, “the raging coronavirus is just the icing on the cake, and by no means the one to blame”.

After the heartfelt retrospective, Laakso confirmed that Rival Games’ episodic adventure, The Detail, would eventually be removed from Steam and mobile app stores. No time frame was given but if you’ve had any of their titles on your list — including Thief of Thieves and Alien: Blackout which are safe for now — sooner might be a better time to grab them than later.

Code of Princess to be removed from 3DS eShop on March 31st

Code of Princess, Studio Saizensen’s 2012 action-RPG for the Nintendo 3DS, is being delisted… again. We first added the game to the site after it was removed in March of 2019 but at some point it made an unannounced return. With nearly as little fanfare it is once again going away, this time seemingly for good. Atlus announced on March 25th that Code of Princess would be delisted by the end of the month:

Code of Princess will no longer be available on the Nintendo eShop after March 31st. Get the game before then! Learn more about Code of Princess here.

It is uncertain at this point if the delisting is related to Atlus or the developer/publisher duo of Studio Saizensen and Degica Games. Code of Princess was published only as an eShop download in Australia and Europe by Agatsuma Entertainment who has since shut down, leaving it particularly vulnerable to a delisting in these regions.

Thankfully, the original game still exists on Steam and as a physical release on the 3DS in North America and Japan. In 2018 Nicalis published Code of Princess EX, a cleaned up version of the game for the Nintendo Switch which is also still available. It should be noted that Atlus’ fully localized and voice acted treatment remains exclusive to the 3DS release making it a major loss for the remaining versions, depending on how you feel about dubs.

Thanks to everyone who pointed out the news, the game’s page will be updated shortly and the date has been added to the Watch List calendar.

Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition pulled from Steam,  PlayStation versions next?

In an unannounced and unanticipated move, Warner Bros. Interactive has pulled Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition (aka Mortal Kombat 9) off of Steam. The removal happened on March 20th when the game’s price was set to $0.00 making it unable to be purchased. The only explanation is the familiar boilerplate wording on the game’s Steam store page: “At the request of the publisher, Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition is no longer available for sale on Steam”.

As of the evening of March 22nd the game remains available on PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 but it’s a little hard to find, at least on the North American PlayStation Store. The base game’s page only lets you wishlist the title but I was able to dig up the $20 “Komplete Edition” that was still available to buy.

Is it a sign that the PlayStation versions will be delisted soon as well? With no other details behind the delisting outside of some unsubstantiated links to the game’s Freddy Krueger DLC, it most certainly could be. We’ll try to keep an eye on it but if you’ve had this one on your PlayStation wishlist, now might be a good time to grab it. Thanks to @pasta_wheat for pointing this one out to us.