Minecraft developer Mojang revealed this week that it will be shutting down its online card game Scrolls on February 13th. This shouldn’t come as a huge shock to the community, as the studio announced back in 2015 that it was ceasing development for the game but keeping the servers on for a while.
“The game has reached a point where it can no longer sustain continuous development,” the studio said then. Before next week’s sunset occurs, there will be a final community tournament on Saturday the 11th.
This doesn’t mean that Scrolls will go away for good, however. The team also said that it has plans to allow the players to host their own game servers within the next few weeks or months, but not as open source.
I recently read a wild argument based on unsubstantiated rumor
that Star War: The Old Republic
is nearing its end of life, that BioWare
is tired of it and is considering shutting it down. It’s just one among many I’ve read lately, and I don’t believe they are right. Instead, some appear to be repeating the same tired premise: “I don’t like it, and therefore no one should like it.”
Now, I don’t like many games, but I understand the merits and positive qualities of even some of the oldest, most shop-worn MMORPGs. First-person shooters make me disoriented because of the camera placement, but that doesn’t make them bad. In fact, one of my favorite series of games, Bioshock, was all told in first-person, but that didn’t affect the quality of the game. (Of course, I had to play it in super-easy mode just so that I could get through it without getting sick, but that’s beside the point.)
So in that vein, I would like to present my argument for why I believe the rumormongers are wrong about SWTOR.
If you have played EverQuest or EverQuest II, chances are you’ve at least dabbled in Legends of Norrath — if nothing else for the chance to score some in-game loot. So you probably frowned with the announcement two months ago that the TCG was being shuttered for good and loot cards will be no more.
Well, the end is upon us, and this is your friendly reminder to get your stuff before it’s gone. The servers will shut down permanently on Wednesday, August 17th, at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Players who want to keep any of their loot from the cards for either of the two MMOs have only until that time to open packs and claim the items to ensure they will receive them in game. If you have any leftover goodies still to claim, you’ll need to download Legends of Norrath itself as the in-game access was already removed.
Well, that did not last long. Only months after launching, Asker Online announced that it is shutting down on March 22nd.
The action MMO featured elaborate dungeon crawls and boss fights and was positioned as a rival to Vindictus. Neowiz pushed the game through the beta stages last summer, although we hadn’t heard much about the game since then, suggesting that it didn’t make much of an impact in Korea.
Asker Online will join the funeral procession of several other overseas titles being shuttered this winter, including 9 Dragons and Gunslinger Stratos Reloaded.
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.
Just weeks after its Season of Siege patch came out, Archlord 2 announced that it will be shutting down on November 24th.
“Archlord 2 has been a great adventure for all of us, and we sincerely hope that you have enjoyed your time with the game and the friends you made while playing it,” the team posted. “We know we have.”
For the last two months of operation, Archlord 2 will make everything in its item shop free to buy and toss several permanent buffs on all of its players. Webzen is also refunding all Wcoin purchases made going back to April 1st, 2015.