They weren’t big games on MMO websites, but online multiplayer fans will still be sad to see them go: Orcs Must Die! Unchained, Hero Academy, and Hero Academy 2 are all coming to an end.
Developer Robot Entertainment posted the sunset announcement yesterday, with CEO Patrick Hudson admitting that the company had been running the games “at a financial loss for many months,” something that was “no longer sustainable.”
“Orcs Must Die! Unchained and Hero Academy 2 have been unable to maintain a sufficient player base to cover the operational costs to keep the games running. The original Hero Academy has been technically obsolete for a long time now. We could not maintain the pace of operating system updates from Apple. It was actually removed from the App Store in early 2018.”
Servers for the trio of titles will close down at 11 a.m. EST on April 8th and data will be removed or destroyed in accordance with the law; in the meantime, existing player accounts will be treated to a stack of currency to play around with. If you’ve never played before, you might still be able to roll an account if you’re quick, as the company says it’ll be “removing the ability to create new accounts and download the game over the course of the next 90 days” but presumably hasn’t done so yet.
There’s a happy note here, however: Robot says it’s working on two new games that will likely be announced later this year.