Call it Gunslinger Stratos Unloaded.
Square Enix's colorful action title Gunslinger Stratos Reloaded officially launched in Japan six days ago, and yet it's already been marked for extermination. The studio announced that it will be shutting down the title in the country on March 29th due to a lack of player interest. No new accounts can be made between now and its sunset.
Things weren't looking so hot for GSR during its beta period, with servers coming off as a "ghost town." Square Enix never mentioned whether or not this game was slated to come to the west, but now that it's closing in Japan, it's probably a safe bet that we'll never see it now.
Are you very excited about Gunslinger Stratos Reloaded Online? Is that excitement due to the fact that it's some sort of shooty game made by Square-Enix? For those holding out hope that the game will come to western shores, there's no official word on any localization, but you may not want to hold your breath as the servers are reportedly pretty empty on the Japanese version.
Steparu recently took the opportunity to try out the game's newest map, Shibuya Night, and found the server population to be pretty much nonexistent. That doesn't bode well for the health of the game or any sort of localization. You can check out footage of the new map just below, if you're not about to be dissuaded by low population observation.
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we're deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That's why there's The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won't want to miss. See any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
This week we'll see a bizarre MOBA/adult cartoon crossover, a special character that you can only play for two months, a sexism-free MMO, and more videos than you can shake a stick at (provided that your stick-shaking capabilities are limited to five).
Revival isn't yet in closed beta or closed alpha or even really in pre-alpha, but it is letting players walk around the houses they bought as part of the game's whole development funding model. Which is probably a good sign, since other news about Illfonic has been a bit less than positive.
Other beta news? You know it!
- If Gunslinger Stratos Reloaded is a big deal to you, you should know that its open beta has started after a delay. Just, you know, not here in the US.
- If Asker is a big deal to you, you should know that it's also in open beta in South Korea and has a trailer animated by Gainax. Also, could we ask you what's up with that title?
- If Star Citizen is a big deal to you, you probably don't need to recap the development process thus far. But you might want to anyhow.
- If Eternal Crusade is a big deal to you, the good news is that its alpha will probably start earlier than planned. The bad news is that it has lost yet another big member of its development staff. This got depressing.
- If Black Desert is a big deal to you, well, write up 18 pages of beta feedback and that'll be something. Show that you care, folks!
Oh, yes, and there is a whole list of games in testing past the break, don't you know. Let us know in the comments if something slipped our notice!
Could it be? Is Skyforge going to release soon, or go into an open beta which is indistinguishable from release? It certainly seems like it, as the title is hosting its last closed beta week on June 24th. The time approaches! But, of course, there were other bits of beta news this week besides that.
As always, we've got more games on the list below. Did a game change status? Did we miss something? Let us know down in the comments, like always.