Grand Chase shuts down but offers fans a tribute post

    
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So it goes.

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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Elvensky 
I appreciate the look into a game I never knew. Thank you for taking the time to explain.

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AdeptusEnginus 
I have been known to say to people that one of the ways you know you’re with the right romantic partner happens when you realize that their good points make you very, very happy — and that their bad points don’t really bother you. 
I think the same is definitely true for games.  I never expect my games to be perfect, only that I like them more than they annoy me. :-)

Sorry you lost a game you liked. Maybe you should give Elsworld a try? There might be something there you’ll like.

Cheers,

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Baahh, I loved this old game. It was grindy, it was flawed, but it held a special little place for me. The characters were well made, the combat felt responsive and it reeked of more personality than it seemed to ever deserve. I burned a good number of hours in it back in the day, and while I probably would have never actually picked it up again, I am still sad to see it go.
Still have it’s server list music in my music folder, that cheesy little soothing kpop tune. Never tried Elsword…I may need to do just that, in tribute to this old friend.
Did they not give an initial heads up about the impending closer? Or did Massively just not report on it? I don’t recall seeing anything in regards to an impending shut down.

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mysecretid The thing about Grand Chase was that it was popular early on in it’s life. Popular enough to last 7 years, through mainly word of mouth and advertisements on Flash Game websites. It was not the best game ever, and suffered from many issues. That’s why the developer made a new game called Elsword which is Grand Chase 2.0, it even has some of the Grand Chase characters in it.

I think the reason why this article was made was because of it’s initial popularity, and it’s importance to F2P action RPGs. It was a progenitor to the Arcade F2P MMO, along with Lunia, another game you might not have heard of. It is important to note that both these games lost popularity and were beaten out by 2 very specific successors, Elsword, the direct sequel to Grand Chase, and Lunia was beaten by DFO, a 2d arcade brawler. 

It’s the successes that they made that affect the market even to this day, even if both of them are shutdown.

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It’s so strange to learn about games only when they shut down.
I have a feeling that one day Massively will report on the closure on my perfect MMO that I’ve been searching for all this time.

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I didn’t even know this game existed until I read this article.

I’m not suggesting that what I know or don’t know constitutes the limit of all gaming knowledge; all I’m saying is, I’ve noticed a pattern on MOp where many of the games sunsetting are games I’ve barely heard of …

Specifically, I’m wondering if their sunsets are somehow linked to less success at being seen and heard above the now-constant game-marketing noise?

Not drawing any conclusions here; merely speculating.

My genuine good wishes for those whose lives are affected by this closure; may they bounce back well.

Cheers,