February 22, 2018 - Open Beta
|Delisting:||November 22, 2018 - Removed from Sale
February 22, 2019 - Server Shutdown
|Publisher:||Wargaming.net (Wargaming Alliance label)
|Links:||Total War: ARENA homepage
On November 22nd, 2018 Creative Assembly announced that they would be shutting down Total War: ARENA on February 22nd, 2019. New game downloads and in-game cash purchases were also disabled on November 22nd. In their post they cite that the game didn’t meet expectations, either of the team or Wargaming.net who helped bring the game to its Open Beta release. The full announcement follows and is appended with a detailed FAQ that can be read here:
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.
About the Game
“Total War: ARENA is a free-to-play, team-based online strategy game developed by Creative Assembly and published by Wargaming Alliance. Part of the critically acclaimed Total War series, the game lets players step into the boots of legendary historical commanders to forge their legacy in fierce strategic combat. Total War: ARENA features massive, authentically crafted 10-vs-10 multiplayer clashes, where each player controls an army of hundreds.“
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