Croixleur Sigma returns to Steam but it isn't quite a Relisting

Back in May, Nyu Media announced that their rights to publish the original version of Croixleur Sigma from 2014 were coming to an end and that the game would be delisted. However, after that original release, developer souvenir circ. teamed up with publisher Playism to remaster the game for PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, and most recently, the Nintendo Switch.

And now we’ve come full (souvenir) circle as Playism has brought the newer edition of the game to Steam as Croixleu Sigma – Deluxe Edition. So yes, the game is back but that original PC version remains delisted and probably won’t see a legitimate release ever again.

I’ve updated the game’s page on the site with info about the new release but this one seems different enough that I’m not going to label it as a relisting. Thanks to @ViperAcidZX for pointing out the new release.

PlanetSide Arena shutting down January 10th

On December 13th Daybreak Game Company announced that the rocky road for PlanetSide Arena would be coming to an early end on January 10th. After a delayed launch from January to September of 2019, the playerbase just wasn’t strong enough to support the gargantuan 250-on-250 player Massive Clash mode. As Polygon pointed out in their post, “It last saw 500 or more players concurrently logged in on Sept. 24”. Daybreak’s full announcement follows:

After careful consideration, we’ve made the difficult decision to shut down PlanetSide Arena servers.

While our team set out with an ambitious vision for a game that combined the massive-scale combat and camaraderie of PlanetSide through a diverse collection of new game modes, it has become clear after several months in Early Access that our population levels make it impossible to sustain the gameplay experience we envisioned.

As a result, PlanetSide Arena will formally shut down servers on January 10th, 2020 at 5:00 PM (PST). We are actively working with Steam to ensure that all players who made purchases during Early Access will automatically receive a full refund to their Steam Wallet after servers shut down in January. 

Thank you again for your loyalty and support during Beta and Early Access. Your feedback was invaluable, and your enduring passion for PlanetSide remains the bedrock our community is built upon. As painful as it is to close this chapter so quickly, we remain deeply committed to this franchise, and look forward to continuing this journey through the PlanetSide Universe with all of you.

Andy Sites
Executive Producer, PlanetSide Franchise

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

A pair of EA titles lose online features in March 2020

Publisher don’t usually go out of their way to announce the end of online services for their older titles, but some of them do maintain server status pages. Electronic Arts is one of them and Polygon recently noticed the end-of-service dates for a few of their older sports titles.

On March 9th, 2020 Fight Night Round 4 — the penultimate entry in the boxing series and long-standing fan favorite — will lose its online features. On March 10th, 2020 the already-extinct 3 on 3 NHL Arcade will also lose its online features, becoming slightly more dead to fans who already owned the game.

Fortunately, Fight Night Round 4 remains available on physical media and can still be downloaded on Xbox 360 alongside its DLC. The dates have been added to the Watch List calendar.

Hand of the Gods shutting down January 1st

Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics was quietly removed from sale on Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One back in August but for those who already owned it, the final days are upon us. Announced in late August, the game’s servers will be shut down on January 1st, 2020, making the online-only title unplayable.

The news was originally posted by developer Hi-Rez Studios on Twitter but the game’s PlayStation Store page offered a slightly more robust explanation:

Hand of the Gods will be closing its servers permanently on January 1st, 2020. After this time, Hand of the Gods will no longer be playable. We have granted all players 100,000 Runes so everyone to enjoy the game before it is shut down.

We would like to thank everyone who has played and supported Hand of the Gods since its launch, and we hope that you enjoy the final days of Hand of the Gods. While we announce this news with a heavy heart, we are proud of what we accomplished with Hand of the Gods and we sincerely appreciate all of the players who have enjoyed the game during its lifetime.

Although there isn’t much time left, I’ve added the date to the Watch List calendar and will have a page added to the site soon. Thanks again to FallenRyan for pointing this one out.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends ends development, remains online for now

Bethesda Community Manager, Christian Van Hoose, announced in a post to the game’s subreddit on December 6th that all development on The Elder Scrolls: Legends has ceased for “the foreseeable future”. While the free-to-play deck-builder remains available on Steam and mobile platforms, the news all but seals the fate of the unreleased console versions. 

It doesn’t paint a very confident picture for the future of the existing game either, although an Asia-specific mobile release, developed in conjunction with Gaea Mobile, may “inform our decisions on […] development”. Van Hoose’s post follows:

We would like to provide an update on Legends in regard to new content. Our previous roadmap indicated we would be releasing one more set this year. We decided to put any new content development or releases on hold for the foreseeable future. This decision will not in any way affect the release and development of GAEA’s Asia-specific version of Legends, which is operated separately, but will inform our decisions on content and feature development going forward.

Until then, you can still download and play Legends on all existing platforms and compete online as well as in the single-player modes. We will also continue to support the game with monthly reward cards and regular in-game events. New expansions and other future content, however, are no longer under active development. We will continue to provide ongoing maintenance support.

To thank you all for supporting Legends these past few years, and for continuing to play with us, we are giving away The Tamriel Collection – an assortment of new, three-attribute cards and more – to all players for free upon their next login. We are immensely grateful to work on The Elder Scrolls: Legends, to have you as a community, and we sincerely appreciate the love and support you’ve given us.

In response to fan concerns, Van Hoose confirmed that the decision was not based on card designs or the relationship between developer Sparkypants (who took over from Dire Wolf Digital in 2018), but gave no clearer explanation. Another reply confirmed that playerbases for the Western and Asian versions would not be merged, nor would the Asian version replace the original. 

Given that the game’s player counts on Steam have been steadily dwindling despite the past few years of content, it’s not hard to see one possible reason for the decision. The game is now on the Watch List but without a confirmed date to add to the calendar, we’ll just have to keep an eye out for the inevitable bad news.