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MMOs, unfortunately, do not last forever. When they sunset and close down for good, the whole genre mourns.

Infinite Crisis fan organizes last hurrah

When faced with the end of a game that you love, how do you use those final days? While some might grieve over Infinite Crisis’ premature closure, one player is organizing a community-wide event to make the most of the time that is left.

Player Dycer announced on the forums that he’s putting together a weekly rotation of custom games for any and all to enjoy. “I want to help the most amount of people leave the game with good memories as possible,” he posted, going on to list the schedule and add his personal memories about each of the MOBA’s maps.

Dycer said that he’s going to try to keep the matches going as long as he can.

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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.

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Russian version of Lord of the Rings Online closes June 1st

If you were hoping that the Russian version of Lord of the Rings Online would last forever, we have some sad news for you today. The game’s localized servers will be shutting down on June 1st, with new account registration already disabled and all cash shop items discounted to cost just 1 mark. There’s also an NPC to power your character up in case you weren’t already at maximum level for whatever reason.

It’s not clear at this time whether Mail.ru was unwilling or unable to reach an agreement with Warner Bros. for extending the license for the game. Bonuses are being offered for Russian players affected by the shutdown in the other games that Mail.ru maintains.

[Source: MMO Fallout]

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Need for Speed World is shutting down on July 14th

Need for Speed World has entered its final lap. After five years of operation, the game is shutting down on July 14th, with purchases of speed boosts already disabled for current players. New accounts cannot be registered, but existing players will be able to still log in and play until the shutdown date; no reimbursements for cash shop currency are mentioned, just a note that you should probably spend it if you have any left.

The shutdown notice explains that what ultimately killed the game was a lack of feature development to accompany the game’s ongoing content updates, which means that bringing the game up to par with more modern racers would require an overhaul that just isn’t possible. Our condolences both to any players losing their favorite game and to the developers affected by this shutdown.

[Source: Official site. Thanks to Hadden for the tip.]

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Grand Chase shuts down but offers fans a tribute post

There are some games you realize had a long run only after you say goodbye to them. Grand Chase might not have been one of the most important games on your radar, but after seven years of operation, it finally closed its doors yesterday, waving farewell to a longstanding and dedicated player community in the process.

While nothing can make up for the loss to players directly, the staff behind the game tried to at least soften the blow by collecting a series of tribute posts, recounting the game’s history, making concept art available for download, and otherwise looking back on seven years of history with a fond eye. KOG Games is putting forward Elsword as an ideal new destination for former Grand Chase players now down a preferred game.

[Source: KOG Games press release]

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OnLive shutting down, sells Sony some of its assets

The OnLive cloud gaming service is shutting down, and the firm has sold Sony some of its assets, according to a dev blog.

The OnLive team broke the news gently and said that players have until the end of the month to play for free: “It is with great sadness that we must bring the OnLive Game Service to a close. Sony is acquiring important parts of OnLive, and their plans don’t include a continuation of the game service in its current form. Your service should continue uninterrupted until April 30, 2015.”

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Final Fantasy XI halts updates this year with one last storyline

How long should a game last? Final Fantasy XI has had an impressive run, but its glory days are indisputably past. That’s why Square-Enix has announced that the game’s active updates will be ending this year following one final main scenario, releasing during three updates in May, August, and November. The game’s service will continue “indefinitely,” and small updates to improve balance and fix bugs will still occur, but November’s update will feature the conclusion to a main scenario drawing from the game’s full history and will serve as the final large update.

PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 support for the game will be “concluding” in March 2016, allowing the developers working on the game to enhance the Windows experience of those still playing as well as improve the mobile client. Yes, the game will be getting a mobile version through partnership with Nexon, along with a spin-off mobile game which is currently planned for release only in Japan. It’s the end of an era for Vana’diel, but the game is going out with one last hurrah, and it’s not shutting down, both of which should be cause for celebration.

[Source: FFXI forums. Thanks to Nyttyn and Matt for the tip!]

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Allods Online is shutting down in China

So long, Allods Online; you will be remembered. The Russian-made fantasy MMO is shutting down… in China. The English servers are still just fine. We probably should have specified that. Yes, the game is going away after three years of operation, with the shutdown planned for late August and a slow shutdown along the way.

The end of August coincides with the end of the contract that Chinese publisher Giant Interactive held with Allods Team, so it may be more accurate to say that the publisher simply declined to renew that contract for another period of time. Western games have a tendency to not last very long in China, but still, our sympathies to any players in the country losing their preferred game.

[Source: MMOCulture]

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Dungeon Fighter Online returns from the dead with March 24 open beta

Dungeon Fighter Online returns from the dead this week.

The North American version of the game was shut down two years ago; then-publisher Nexon said that though the game was “immensely popular overseas,” it lacked sufficient “player interest to properly service the game” here in the west.

Developer Neople is having another go at running it here, this time without Nexon’s assistance. The studio launched alpha in May of last year. Closed beta for the new “Global” edition, says Neople’s Facebook page, begins March 24th. Neople CEO In Lee requested patience and discouraged hacking while his team transitions from development to publishing.

There’s a new teaser trailer on the new teaser website, too, and we’ve embedded it below.

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Online shooter Dizzel is shutting down in April

Fans of Dizzel are going to be sad to hear that the game is shutting down in April, but it might be reassuring to know that it wasn’t for lack of fans or profits. No, according to the official announcement, the explanation is far simpler: the Korean studio that developed the game shut down, and the publisher couldn’t support the game without the developer, which sort of neatly kneecaps the question of whether or not anyone was playing.

All in-game cash shop purchases are disabled, and players will be eligible for a refund for any items bought in the game on or after December 10th, 2014. Our condolences to the fans affected by this closure.

[Source: Official Site. Thanks to Exthalion for the tip!]

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The Stomping Land creator apparently abandons project

Friends, it pains me to say this, especially when dinosaurs are involved, but it might be time to give up hope on The Stomping Land.

After far overshooting Kickstarter goals for his dinosaur survival sandbox, The Stomping Land creator Alex Fundora has seemingly abandoned the project. Freelance artist Vlad Konstantinov, who had been hired work on the project, said that he had attempted unsuccessfully to contact Fundora [link now dead] numerous times over the past month and hadn’t been paid for his recent work.

To make matters worse, early access to The Stomping Land is still being sold on Steam despite players warning others off in the comments. The title raised over $114,000 from a Kickstarter campaign in 2013.

[Source: The Stomping Land forums [link dead], Eurogamer, Steam]

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Dream of Mirror Online returns from the dead

After several years of being out of commission, Dream of Mirror Online (DOMO) is coming back for a second shot at success. The closed beta of the anime fantasy MMO began on February 13th under the Suba Games umbrella.

DOMO originally launched in North America in 2007 and operated by Aeria Games but was cancelled in 2012. Since then, the title has been looking to make a comeback through an already-successful Steam Greenlight campaign.

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