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Retirement Roundup: Summer 2020

Since we’ve had quite a few tips come into the site recently I figured it was time for another edition of the Retirement Roundup. Below are details on several titles that will be losing multiplayer or other online features through the end of Summer . I’ve also added the dates to the Watch List calendar and will have pages up on the site for the games that are being removed from sale.

World of Tanks: Valor – July 21

Xbox 360 Post

“For over six years, World of Tanks: Valor has been available as a free to play title on the Xbox 360. As we look towards the future, there are many exciting new features planned for the game. To ensure we are providing these improvements on the newer generations of console, we will end support of the Xbox 360 version of World of Tanks.

Our Xbox 360 players are some of our most loyal and dedicated players, and we will not be leaving their accomplishments unrewarded. If you are currently playing on Xbox 360, please reach out to our Customer Support team. They will be more than happy to assist you in transitioning your account on newer generations of consoles.

The end of support for Xbox 360 will occur on July 21st 2020 at UTC 00:00, and the Xbox 360 client will no longer be accessible.”

NBA Live 16 – August 17

PlayStation 4, Xbox One Post

This one is simply listed on EA’s ‘Service Update‘ page but you can assume that all online features including multiplayer, online careers, and stat-tracking, will be shutting down on August 17th.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 – September 24

Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Konami News

“Initially scheduled for 02:00 on 27/08/2020 (UTC), the termination of online service for PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2019 has been postponed till 00:00 on 24/09/2020 (UTC). We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued and loyal support.

Please note that any remaining myClub Coins and GP that you own cannot be carried over to other titles in the PES series. As such, be sure to use any remaining myClub Coins and GP before online service is discontinued.

Online services for eFootball PES 2020 LITE (free-to-play version), which is currently available to download, will continue after 24/09/2020. If you still wish to continue playing online, we ask that you consider trying this game.

*Note that any remaining myClub coins and GP cannot be carried over to eFootball PES 2020 LITE.

We hope you will continue to enjoy the PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER series in future.”

Darwin Project – End of 2020

Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Scavengers Post

“We have been quiet for a while and we apologize for it. We would like to update you on Darwin Project. It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to stop developing new features for the game. April’s update was the last one for the foreseeable future.

Five years ago, we started Darwin Project, our first project. It was a very bold and ambitious one to say the least, and we have been fortunate enough to have worked on it for so long, with the support of our partners and community. Over the past years, we saw a decreasing playerbase, and have been working hard on finding solutions –from a new platform development (PS4) to bringing new content (class system, battle passes, systemic maps, customizable craftwheel, new tiles, live events), spectator interactions extension, and continuous optimizations. We have assessed all potential solutions and scenarios, but unfortunately, Darwin Project is unable to sustain itself thus forcing us to come to this very difficult decision. We are still very proud to see what had started as a scribble on a piece of paper become a fully released game that has reached millions of players. We will keep Darwin Project servers up at least through to the end of the year, and you will still be able to play the game.

We truly and deeply appreciate everything the community has put into the Darwin Project. We received tons of passionate ideas and suggestions to improve the game. It shows how incredibly supportive you have been throughout this journey. We can’t thank you enough for your love and support over the past four years.

Last but not least, huge thanks to our amazing and hard working team, our partners, as well as our family and friends, who have also contributed to the Darwin Project, always there with wise advice & motivational boosts, while keeping us grounded and focused. As for the future, the Darwin Project team will be redeployed to other unannounced Scavengers projects.”

Total War: ARENA shutting down February 22, 2019

While Creative Assembly continues refining their Total War series of single-player, campaign-focused strategy games, they began working on a multiplayer off-shoot in 2017 with the help of known as Total War: ARENA. From closed Alpha to open Beta, the game has been under development with feedback from its pool of players since last September. Unfortunately, after a year of testing the teams at Creative Assembly and Wargaming have decided that the game wasn’t meeting their expectations.

You can interpret this statement in a few different ways. One, the game simply wasn’t fun or engaging for players and the time/budget for the team has reached its end. Or two, the “expectation” was to make a killing on microtransactions which players just aren’t generating. The cynic in me is inclined to go with #2 as these things usually come down to profit. Nevertheless, the team is keeping the game running for a few more months, disabling new registrations and cash purchases, and even offering some generous parting gifts in return. You can read the full statement below.

It is my unfortunate responsibility to inform you that Total War: ARENA will cease live operations [on] February 22, 2019.

ARENA has been on a long journey, and we are thankful to everyone who joined us. We have learned so much during the development of ARENA and we have grown incredibly close with the community and involved you deeply into our development process. It has been an absolute privilege to work with you all on this project, but unfortunately the results of ARENA Open Beta Test did not meet all our expectations.

I would like to take a moment to thank the ARENA Team, who have poured their heart and soul into this game’s development and are just as disappointed by this as you.

For those of you wondering about the team, they will all continue working on Total War, sharing their experience and learnings from ARENA. ARENA’s technological advancements will continue to be part of Total War development going forward.

To you, the players and community, I have been inspired by your passion, your commitment and your continued valuable insight. Your input and encouragement have been instrumental to the game’s development. I cannot emphasize enough how much we have enjoyed working and playing with you all, and I know that we will greatly miss speaking with you online, debating your feedback, and fighting alongside you on the battlefield.

As a thank you for playing ARENA the team of Creative Assembly is offering a free piece of Total War content to all players of ARENA on the Wargaming Game Center. You can choose one of these 4 pieces of Total War content:

Total War: MEDIEVAL II – Definitive Edition
Hannibal at the Gates (Total War: ROME II DLC)
Age of Charlemagne (Total War: ATTILA DLC)
Grim and the Grave (Total War: WARHAMMER DLC)

To claim this offer, please look at the in-game news (live now) or check out the FAQ below.

I’ll have the date added to the Watch List calendar and a page for the game up on the site soon.

Thanks to Dead Game News on Twitter for pointing us to the news