On October 18th, the team at Splash Damage published a news post detailing the future of their long-in-development, free-to-play, mulitplayer shooter Dirty Bomb. “It’s with a heavy heart that, after a bug fix build ships in the upcoming weeks, we will be ending live development and updates on Dirty Bomb,” the post opens.
After a short explanation which you can read in full at the end of this post, the team admits “the bottom line is that we can’t financially justify continuing to work on the game we love.” With no more feature updates planned you’d think the team would be announcing a deadline date but it seems to be left up to the fans. “We know many of you love DB and still play it religiously, so we will keep servers up for you to enjoy, as long as there are a meaningful number of players using them in the supported regions.”
Fans no doubt appreciate the decision but what exactly a “meaningful number of players” looks like is still up in the air. Since 2015 the game has averaged several thousand weekly players but through 2018 those numbers have dropped to a few hundred on any given day. I wouldn’t be surprised if the game held out through the rest of the year but headed for the sunset by the Spring of 2019.
In response, the team has detailed a number of changes to the game in a handy FAQ, also found below this post. In closing they added, “we’d like to say a heartfelt and sincere thank you for your support these many years. Dirty Bomb is a shooter that we always wanted to make, we could not have done it without you and are forever grateful. The future is bright at Splash Damage, we have many announced and unannounced titles in production that we can’t wait to work with you on!”.
I’ll add a tentative date to the Watch List calendar for the end of March 2019 and get a page ready for the site soon. Click through to read the team’s full statement and FAQ and visit DirtyBomb.com for more on the game and its community.