The Warhammer curse strikes Dark Nexus Arena MOBA

    
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Another Warhammer game bites the dust today, and it’s a MOBA.

Whitebox Interactive CEO Jonathan Falkowski told players it will be sunsetting Warhammer 40: Dark Nexus Arena at the end of the month without its ever having emerged from beta.

“We have some unfortunate news to announce, we have decided to stop development of Dark Nexus Arena. We would like to thank our valued customers very much for their patronage and support. You guys have been great. We would like to send out a special thanks to Unrelenting Troll, BForster, Jenbu, GeekByte UK, Solomance, GingerJesus and everyone else for all of their support and help. We would also like to thank Games Workshop for their support and trust in a small company to allow us to work on this amazing project. This means a lot to us. We were really hopeful to provide Warhammer 40,000 and MOBA fans a game that would encompass both aspects but unfortunately we missed the mark. We were in Beta for a year and have taken a lot of valuable feedback from our players. There has been excitement for the game but we haven’t grown enough to maintain development.”

Falkowski says servers will remain up until March 31, 2016.

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Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

That’s less a curse than a simple result of Games Workshop being idiots about their licensing.

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

Hmmm at this juncture I’m not sure if we can call this the “Warhammer” (Games Workshop) curse or the much more pervasive MOBA curse.

fangGWJ
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fangGWJ

Metadirective fangGWJ Captain Harlock is pretty awesome!

asuranknight
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Karl_Hungus asuranknight Fair enough but where is it reasonable to draw the line? I’m guessing you would base it on if they are charging for it or not? Personally I would base it on how complete the game is rather than that. I think that while it is fair to an extent to make judgements on paid games (beta or not), if it is still in a beta development state it is still technically a beta development state. A good example I think would be something like shroud of the avatar. It is paid but definitely was playable/buyable in a very incomplete state. I would not consider that a release. In comparison there are other games that offer a pretty much final build beta and in such a case I would agree with considering that pretty much a launch. 

I don’t know which one this is as I really didn’t follow it. It is a shame that this IP’s fan base keeps getting these poor games/lack of success.

Karl_Hungus
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asuranknight Karl_Hungus 
Yeah well “beta” means something completely different these days.”We would like to thank our valued customers very much for their patronage and support.” These guys were collecting gamers’ money.

DasBenty
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Armsbend Dang, I was in Nottingham in September, didn’t even know GW was headquartered there. Would’ve been spiffy to at least get a pic of the statue out front

asuranknight
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asuranknight

Karl_Hungus This wasn’t released though.

Hounddog74
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Hounddog74

The wiki is wrong. There are more than 30 listed on Steam alone. And typing moba into Google will bring up lists with more as well. It has been as over saturated as any other genre in the last few years.

Sorenthaz
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tobascodagama Sorenthaz Damonvile Yep.  And Dawngate’s fall was largely due to EA not being pleased with the numbers playing it in beta.  
I still want to see someone try an MMOBA which essentially combines MOBA gameplay within an MMO setting.  Lots of ways it could be done imo.  
Would also be nice to see something that carries the spirit of Super Monday Night Combat come out.  But I don’t have my hopes up at this point.

Karl_Hungus
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Karl_Hungus

The actual Warhammer curse is that yet another terrible Warhammer game was released. The shutting down part is just an inevitability.