Confirmation came by way of Kotaku yesterday that Carbine Studios and their most recent release, the 2014 MMORPG WildStar, are both being shut down. According to Kotaku’s source who was “briefed on the shutdown”, 50 staff members will soon be let go and a small team will manage the game until it is retired.
“Today, we are closing Carbine Studios and will begin the process of winding WildStar down to ultimately shutter the game,” publisher NCSoft told Kotaku. “WildStar players who have spent money within the game will be refunded purchases from July 1, 2018 until the payment system is shut off. We are also in the process of identifying the teams that will be doing the work to bring WildStar to a close. These decisions are very difficult to make and we are in the midst of shifting as many of our teammates as possible into other roles within the organization.”
WildStar went free-to-play in 2015 and is currently still available from NCSoft and on Steam, if anyone is looking to check it out before it’s gone. Until concrete details arrive I’m going to add the game to the Watch List calendar for a tentative December 31st deadline. I’ll update once NCSoft and Carbine release more info.
In one of the most detailed and sentimental announcements we’ve seen yet, NCSOFT has confirmed plans to close down its MOBA title Master X Master on January 31st, 2018. The full announcement follows:
“There is no easy way to say this, but regretfully, we will be discontinuing our service for MXM, with the final day of the game’s life to be January 31. Deciding to close the game is not a decision we come to lightly, but ultimately it came down to a matter of business—we explored several options, but none of them were sustainable. We truly believe that MXM is special, and offered a lot of new ideas to change up the MOBA genre, but in trying to carve out a niche for itself, we failed to connect with players.
For the remainder of the game’s service, we’re going to do everything we can to honor the community and show thanks for your support. We know this news is difficult to hear for remaining players—trust that we are as heartbroken as you are that we have to say goodbye to it. To that end, in recognition of all of you who love playing the game, here are our plans from now until the servers close:
- All players will receive 500,000 X-Coin to unlock all content
- The community-developed Lua skin will be made available to all players for 1 X-Coin
- Real money purchases on the MXM Store will be permanently disabled
- All game modes will be turned on, and available at all times
- Refunds in full on purchases made between Aug. 30 and Nov. 16. This will happen automatically within the next 7-14 days, and will be refunded via the same method the purchase was made, if possible. For additional refund specifics please refer to our FAQ.
We are truly grateful for the community that grew around MXM, and for your support of the game. We saw MXM as a challenge to the status quo—a change-up of mechanics that would revitalize the MOBA genre and attract players who wanted to test the upper limits of their skills—but in the end, it wasn’t enough to take on the established juggernauts. It truly is awe-inspiring to have been a part of the community’s creativity and passion—the art, videos, and guides, the emergent gameplay and meta as new Masters were introduced, the high-level online competitions, and more—truly, thank you.
We again want to extend our sincere gratitude to the MXM community, and hope you all can enjoy the remaining time with the game. We’ll be continuing to provide updates on the official forums, Twitter, and Facebook until January 31.“
The date has been added to the Watch List calendar and a page for the title will be added to the site soon.