Infinite Crisis is shutting down on August 14th

DC-themed superhero MOBA Infinite Crisis is shutting down on August 14th, according to an announcement posted on the front page of Turbine's official site.

After much deliberation, we regret to announce the official shutdown of Infinite Crisis. We will end development efforts today and will close the service on August 14, 2015.

Between now and August 14th, the game will remain available to play completely free. If you have any questions, contact Customer Service for assistance at http://support.infinitecrisis.com.

This was an extremely difficult decision to make. On behalf of the entire Infinite Crisis team we want to thank all of you for your feedback, support and for joining together to create one of the best communities in gaming.

The announcement is echoed on the official forums by Community Manager Celestrata. The game officially launched in March of this year after an extended testing period and impressed even MMORPG critics.

Art Director Floon suggests there might be refunds and explains the reasoning behind the decision:

Contact support at http://support.infinitecrisis.com/ to discuss a refund.

No one is more disappointed than the dev team. The project faced a lot of development challenges, both technical and design, and the team learned a lot and grew strong tackling all of them. Unfortunately, as the MOBA market matured around us as we were building the game, we simply couldn't find enough of an audience.

I was looking forward to working on this game for a long time. Thank you, to everyone who played and enjoyed the game.

We've reached out to Turbine for more information. Our sympathies extend to everyone affected by the impending sunset.

Source: Official site, forums. Thanks, Tithegha and BalsBigBrother.
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RicharddeLeonIII
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adamph1974 Anarwen Limitations of a console based MMO imho :).

RicharddeLeonIII
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RicharddeLeonIII

Hurbster Not a bad thing, thats why most of us watch him on youtube >.<

RicharddeLeonIII
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RicharddeLeonIII

shadowlo I tried it, its not bad, but no where as good as LoL and Dota2.  I think what killed it was the community, a lot of LoL players berating IC fans i think.  The few days i tried there was always someone making fun of people playing the game over LoL or Dota2.  but thats just from my personal experience since i truly suck at pvp and mobas

RicharddeLeonIII
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RicharddeLeonIII

adamph1974 there have been a couple that died during beta, but not sure if that counts

GoJammit
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GoJammit

BalsBigBrother DugFromTheEarth You'd think with the glut of movies and tv shows it would be a different case. By the way, who all saw that Supergirl pilot?

GoJammit
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GoJammit

playerxx DugFromTheEarth Which movie is that?

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

Klaus92 playerxx DugFromTheEarth Well, not discrediting any of the movies, but the only "HOLYFUCKAWESOME" part of avengers 1 was the 10 last minutes of world cracking fightning.
Which made the 1h i spent almost snoring at loki's face pretty worthy.

bryanjturner
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bryanjturner

RyanMahaffey bryanjturner I will try it once it's F2P launches, if it merits my interest I will spend money in it's cash shop on cosmetics.

RyanMahaffey
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RyanMahaffey

bryanjturner But Wildstar is actually really good

shadowlo
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shadowlo

LOL This just came out in March... Is the game that shitty?

Farg
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Farg

Armsbend Farg too bad the movies are bad and the movies are what make the money

MewmewGirl
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MewmewGirl

*sputter*  Geez that thing just barely came out.  Has it been given much of a chance?  Personally I'm sick of all the MOBAs but a lot of people do seem to enjoy them and this always had very positive reviews.  It hasn't even been out 3 months!  That's nuts.

JakeDunnegan
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Wakkander JakeDunnegan DugFromTheEarth playerxx
Again, I like Turbine - I'm not making them out worse than they are. A quick google (e.g. about 4 seconds) of "access to closed beta infinite crisis" without the quotes lead to this:
https://www.infinitecrisis.com/forums/showthread.php?4459-Infinite-Crisis-Founders-FAQ
"What is the Founders Pack?The Founders Pack grants immediate access to the game in Closed Beta, provides early access to the new map, Coast City, and also unlocks a fantastic bundle of champions, currency and more!"
Will the purchase of a Founders Pack give me immediate access to the game?
Yes, though you must first redeem the key you receive when you purchase, then accept the Terms and Conditions by logging intohttp://www.infinitecrisis.com/ and clicking the BETA MANAGEMENT tab.
After I buy the Founders Pack, are there more items for me to buy in-game? 
Yes. You can immediately spend the Crisis Coins that come in the Founders Pack on any of the other items that are available in the store, including custom costumes for the characters you already own, or save them for future releases. Check back often because we plan to release new champions and costumes regularly. Any Crisis Coins that you spend during this phase of Closed Beta will be refunded to you when Infinite Crisis launches, so feel free to experiment! "

On the other hand, denying what they are doing doesn't help Turbine or the gaming industry. Having said they, they seem  to be offering refunds, and I am going to try to get my $120 or $200 or whatever it was that I spent - back.
Do I think Turbine was trying to cheat players? No - that would be rather silly, since they are an established gaming developer (and have been for a while) and damaging their brand would not exactly lead new IPs to be pounding a path to their door. Sides, when push comes to shove, I think Turbine and the communities they build are some of the best in the industry.

alexheartnet64
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gt4980b alexheartnet64 Well I am sure there is a subset of the game's players who are genuinely enjoying this sub-par game regardless, so game quality is irrelevant in this discussion.

adamph1974
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adamph1974

Anarwen DCUO has the WORST UI ever made.

adamph1974
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adamph1974

Is that a record or has their been shorter?

Wakkander
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Wakkander

JakeDunnegan Wakkander DugFromTheEarth playerxx I was in the closed beta, I do not think you could buy in to the closed beta, I got in, along with several of my friends via key giveaways. And during the closed beta you were periodically given masses of credits to spend on heroes and stuff. No need to make them out to be worse than they actually are.

Their recent deal also wasn't likely an attempt to cheat players, so much as try to draw in enough players to make it sustainable. Seems like an awful waste though to just shutter it, I wonder if they couldn't set it up to allow for private hosting and sell it as B2P. Seems wrong to have all the man hours and work just fade into nothingness.

JakeDunnegan
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tobascodagama JakeDunnegan dorn2 We're going to try - problem is, we purchased through Steam, and I've heard rumors that's a real PITA to make happen. :/

JakeDunnegan
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Wakkander JakeDunnegan DugFromTheEarth playerxx Well, technically, it's a launch, but they'd been taking money for their "beta" for quite a while, as many games do these days. Many of them pull the same stunts, but it's horribly misleading to officially declare your launch two months before you shut the door, particularly when you were collecting gamer's dollars for over a year. 
(Closed beta: May 8, 2013, Open beta: Mar 14, 2014.) I wasn't there at the time, but if their open beta was anything like other recent releases from other developers, you could "buy" your way into the closed beta, which means there have likely been people paying Turbine/WB for Infinite Crisis for a year and a half.
As for WB and licenses - yes, it appears WB owns the DC licenses. More the bummer because I really do like Turbine as a company. I'm hoping I can get a refund, since I thought their recent deal on their MOBA was worth me actually trying that genre out.. only to get burned by them closing up shop two months later. /facepalm

tobascodagama
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JakeDunnegan dorn2 They're offering refunds. Just contact Turbine customer support. (I suggest calling if that's an option, they've always been more responsive on the phone than by e-mail.)

gorkoswow
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gorkoswow

didnt they just come out of beta a couple months ago?

Wakkander
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Wakkander

JakeDunnegan DugFromTheEarth playerxx Turbine is owned by Warner Brothers, WB owns all the rights to DC Comics, Disney owns Marvel.
License was not the issue here, they just couldn't manage to get a foothold in the moba community, primarily in my opinion because they played it too safe, and nothing made it stand out from the competitors. One area they might have succeeded with is if they had made it available on consoles, a port might be have able to establish itself along side DCUO as a free to play console title where it doesn't compete head to head with league, dota, hots, or smite.

Jemmyt
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Jemmyt

Paraxamos The 100€ curse. Next time, just invest 50€ or less. ;-)

gt4980b
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gt4980b

alexheartnet64 They're looking at they just made a bad game.  It happens.

JakeDunnegan
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JakeDunnegan

Carthoris The whole "Marvel Heroes" space did seem kind of taken.

JakeDunnegan
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JakeDunnegan

dorn2 I agree... I recently bought a few copies at discount on the recent Steam "re-launch" sale and hardly even got to get in to the game. I feel rather scammed, frankly. :/ 
I mean, this was within like the last two months! Would NOT have expected this from a company like Turbine. :(

JakeDunnegan
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DugFromTheEarth playerxx Yeah, because that's the only reason in the entire world (or multiple universes) why a game could fail. /eyeroll

If I were to hazard a guess, it's because a license deal was up. Perhaps this license was attained before the sale to Disney? Who knows, but people forget this game was recently RE-launched and likely cost a pretty penny to do so.
And as has been mentioned, doing a MOBA isn't exactly in Turbine's wheelhouse.

Aglethe
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dirtyklingon Devil Olive
I don't know, with all the grim dark this-s and thats about nowadays, I could sure go for some George Clooney nipple suit Batman. Or Adam West parading up buildings on the floor in his pajamas, for thst matter.
I was just thinking about that recently actually. As terrible as they were, at least there was something cheerfully stupid about the whole thing. And the special effects were nice enough for the time, the new Arkham game seems to lean on a mixture of the Gotham City designs from both the Burton and the later 90's Batman films.
There was also the brilliant animated series if you wanted a serious Batman in the nineties.
Superman has kind of always had problems with the adaptations on the other hand though yeah.

Licensed games do often seem to end up being excercises in throwing random popular game types together with random popular characters that rarely work well together. And even when they do find one that happens to work, it almost inevitably gets run into the ground with sequel after sequel. I guess about all you can do is keep expectations low and enjoy the good ones when they do come along. :/

RicharddeLeonIII
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RicharddeLeonIII

Hey leave ddo alone :p. It has the best class system out there and dnd still has a ton of fans :)

alexheartnet64
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I refuse to believe that this is because they are operating at a loss.  They are probably thinking very short-term about their poor ROI without thinking at all about the players themselves or how stupid of a business mistake it is to singularly focus on ROI.

Cosmic Cleric
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eLdritchMD Cosmic Cleric Zo5o "(dogs btw, cats are evil)"
NO U!  :p

"THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!"
Isn't that what the platypus says?

wjowski
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tobascodagama wjowski Tenthyr 
You seem to be under the impression that that's not my opinion already.

Hurbster
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Hurbster

Wow, Angry Joe is going to be even angrier than usual.

Midgetsnowman
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phatleet eLdritchMD Zo5o  dirtyklingon Hey, I like being able to be my own hero. And the guns are awesp,e/

phatleet
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eLdritchMD Zo5o  dirtyklingon You sound a bit butthurt, Don't fret dear, You still have DC Universe, Where you can have your own generic hero with his own set of generic powers. Now with the power of GUNS! Talk bout' exciting!!!

Wasteland_Courier
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This is a shame to hear. I'm a big fan of Turbine, having played LotRO pretty consistently for the last couple years. I was really looking forward to seeing how this would turn out for the company, but to see it go down so soon is sad. WB Games pulled Turbine back from the brink, but their margin for error must be crazy slim judging by some of their recent decisions.

padreadamo
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padreadamo

One can only hope. Turbine lost their way a very long time ago. That original Turbine time that are AC was a dream team. The physics and ideas from AC will likely never be duplicated again.

dragonwhimsy
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There has never been a news story less surprising or more expected to me than this. From the very first initial announcement of this game I knew it was going to bomb fast. There was never going to be an audience for this. Not in a million years. No matter how many alternate universes you traveled to were you ever going to find an alternate reality where this game was successful. 

The PvP nature is an instant turn off for DC fans who just want to play a game set in a beloved setting, and it offered nothing new for MOBA fans, in addition it came sooooooooo late to the party. It represents a total misread on Turbine's part. And no I don't blame WBs, they barely know Turbine exists (they didn't buy Turbine to get a game company, they only bought them to get their networking department for other WB projects), so they're not micromanaging them that's for sure.

It's a shame, Turbine seems to have no viable path to the future at the moment. I fear they are in real danger. They survive only on the fanbase of a quickly aging game, one they have taken too many resources from for failed projects and so is aging all the faster.

SallyBowls1
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bryanjturner Domesticon I also hate it when resources go away from games I like to ones I don't.  But occasionally it works the other way - e.g. when EA killed some game(s) and said the resources were going to SWTOR.

Anarwen
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Anarwen

A shame it & DCUO can't get together in some way. The whole thing was always sort of odd.

Denice J Cook
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Denice J Cook

Jeez, bummer.  I'm kinda surprised this one got the boot but yet DDO still runs.  Do that many more people play DDO than a brand-new, shiny MOBA based on the DC Universe?

DugFromTheEarth
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playerxx DugFromTheEarth Maybe if they made the game about superman vs batman, it wouldnt be getting canceled. Oh wait.... nevermind

JesLyck
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JesLyck

Just not the right game for a developer like Turbine

Midgetsnowman
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MaxSand Midgetsnowman carsont Yeah, similarly I suspect the only reason DDO is allowed to toddle alon is hasbro/wizards is slightlyu more lenient with their properties because theyre aware D&D isnt the biggest nche in gaming, just one with a rabidly loyal fanbase

BalsBigBrother
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DugFromTheEarth /sigh and super hero fans lose a little bit more of something they like.  Doesn't matter if its DC, Marvel or some other but super hero franchise. Super hero games are starting to get a little thin on the ground these days so any loss is a bad thing imo :-(

Klaus92
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playerxx DugFromTheEarth except it's not. The Batman movies are fine and all, But they're not better than the Avengers, Lol.

Muspel
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Cosmic Cleric Muspel Zo5o Even within the superhero genre, there are subgenres that can be very, very different. What works for a Watchmen adaptation wouldn't work for a Plastic Man adaptation, for instance.
And Marvel and DC have some pretty major stylistic differences in their universes.

Jack Pipsam
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Jack Pipsam

Does this mean Turbine can go back to making MMOs?
Does this mean Asheron's Call can get at least one dev again?
Of course it won't sadly, Warner Brothers is going to kill them :/

bryanjturner
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Domesticon bryanjturner Well I do know that Asherons Call was shut down, and LOTRO/DDO had their development gutted DC Infinite had to get that development money from somewhere; from the Tooth Fairy perhaps.

wanderv15
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Muspel Midgetsnowman wanderv15 Well i don't know anything on turbine's financials but i know that some very good designers and producers left Lotro team to work on IC. May be exactly those guys could release new classic raids every year or finish housing revamp. But we get... this.

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