August 10, 2012
|Delisting:||January 07, 2019 (Removed from Steam)
April 08, 2019 (Server Shutdown)
Steam Forum announcement
Robot Entertainment announced on January 7th, 2019 that three of their multiplayer titles would be shutting down on April 8th. Patrick Hudson, CEO of the studio, posted the following statement to each title’s homepage along with a brief FAQ:
It’s painful to even write this. We are sorry to say that we will be closing down Orcs Must Die! Unchained, Hero Academy, and Hero Academy 2.
Making and supporting a game is a long and challenging journey. Along the way, there are plenty of highs and plenty of lows. The communities who play our games join us on these journeys. We know this decision affects our players as much as it does us.
We’ve kept these games operating at a financial loss for many months. Unfortunately, it’s no longer sustainable for us to do so. We must shift our focus to future games and make our investments there.
All three games will remain playable until Monday, April 8th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time (UTC-05:00). Commencing immediately, all players logging into Orcs Must Die! Unchained and Hero Academy 2 will receive a substantial free grant of hard and soft currencies to enjoy the remaining weeks of live play. You may have to wait up to 24 hours for the currency grant to arrive in your account. We do not have a way to immediately make the grants upon first login.
All of us at Robot would like to thank everyone who has played one of these games. We’ve loved interacting with you in game, on our forums, and at places like PAX. We hope you give us the opportunity to join you again in our future games.
As stated, the games were no longer financially sustainable and were apparently costing Robot Entertainment more money to continue operating than they generated.
About the Game
“Test your skills in this light-hearted battle between friends! Heroic teams have gathered to engage in friendly contests on the Academy playfields. Will your team emerge triumphant?
Enter a world of swords and magic, and challenge friends old and new to a contest of tactics and skill. From the human Council to the mysterious Dark Elves, every team needs a fearless captain to lead them to victory. Only those that leverage their team’s strengths and capitalize on their opponent’s weaknesses will protect their crystal and win the day. The Academy extends a warm welcome to all – whether they’re already heroes, or simply heroes in training!
Challenge friends on Steam or iOS to asynchronous one-on-one battles via online multiplayer. Play a heated bout in twenty minutes or across a full day, whenever you have a few moments. You can play all of your Hero Academy matches at your desk, on your iPad, or on the go with your iPhone! When you purchase the game on Steam you’ll unlock an exclusive heroic team featuring the mercenaries from Valve’s Team Fortress 2.“
- Cross-Platform multiplayer gaming between Steam and iOS
- Exclusive Team Fortress 2 team unlockable on Steam
- Highly accessible turn-based gameplay
- Easy to learn – jump right in and play!
- Play with your Steam friends or random opponents
- Colorful light-hearted graphics and sound
- Random playfields keeps battles fresh!
- Get started with the Council and Team Fortress 2 teams
- Expand your roster with additional teams!
- Customize your team
- Invite your Twitter followers to play!
- Chat with your opponents in-game