HeroCraft announced on Friday that their entry in the Warhammer 40,000 series, 2014’s Space Wolf, will soon permanently lose its online features. Back at the beginning of March the team announced they would be adding an offline mode and on March 29th an update removed the option to redeem codes, removed PvP achievements, and added the ability to manage save files from the main menu.
Team members confirmed on the Steam Community forums that “basically all the game logic and systems were processed on the server”. The addition of an offline mode allows the game to function without the online requirements while the server resources can be freed up for other projects. This will also ensure that the game is playable after being delisted, which is usually the fate of most Warhammer licensed titles. To be clear though, the team has not confirmed that the game is being removed from sale at this time.
In a few weeks, we are planning to release an update that will permanently disconnect the game from the server and convert it to offline mode.
Now is your last chance to copy your data so you don’t lose access to your game progress. To do this, you just need to launch the game before the release of the update. If you won’t see your progress, then you will have to use a special option (Resync Account) in the game settings.
We also recommend that you use the Steam Cloud Saves feature, which will allow you to keep your progress after deleting the game and transfer it between devices.April 29, 2022 announcement
Unfortunately, there’s been no news about the console versions of the game but given they’re recent releases it’s possible they were designed with this change in mind. Pages for all three console versions — Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One — still tout both single and multiplayer modes as of this writing. We’ve reached out to HeroCraft for comment.
For now we can only assume the change is happening exclusively on Steam but we don’t know exactly when. The team has only said “in a few weeks” so I’m penciling in May 13th on the Watch List calendar as a reminder. Thanks to an anonymous reader for submitting the news to the site.