Robot Entertainment is shutting down multiple online games, including Orcs Must Die! Unchained

    
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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.

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Richard de Leon III

and this is why i wish all games had an offline single player mode version, especially when they close down.

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packagegrope

rip orcs must die f2p no headshot bullshit fest that no one wanted! can’t believe it’s closing.

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Mewmew

It’s closing because people most people don’t return and re-try a game later in its life, no matter how many updates its had and how good it has become. Most people have this idea in their head of the first released version, which wasn’t nearly as good.

Once it did become pretty good, it was overshadowed by other newer games. As another poster wrote, they should have re-launched it as a new version (while still letting old players and spenders transfer their spendings and earnings to it).

It became a pretty decent game over time. Sadly that doesn’t matter, the initial release wasn’t as good and that’s what most people tried out and quit over.

I for one will miss it.

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Neurotic

I had just installed Unchained on our PS4 last week, having been disappointed by it in its original incarnation (being a die-hard fan of the first two). It’s much closer to the classic gameplay of the first two now, than it was at launch. I think they should have re-launched it as OMD3, rather than just ‘updating’ it with the re-design. Ohhhhh weeeeell. /sadface

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Mewmew

Yeah, they patched it up to a pretty decent game. The sad thing is most people don’t realize this and won’t. You have to close it down and re-launch it as a new game to get people to come back and try it again.

I was just thinking of this game again yesterday, wondering how it was doing (this and Dungeon Defenders II). I guess this answers my question for one of them.

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Utakata

“Hero Academy is not in any way My Hero Academy. Totally unrelated, Uta!”

…oh, okays. I was just wondering about that. O.o

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smuggler-in-a-yt

I really enjoyed the premise of Hero Academy. Played SO. DARN. SLOW.

Wish them nothing but success in the future, like cowbell, the industry can only benefit from moar studios.

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Greaterdivinity

: ( Tried OMDU and it never quite clicked for me, bummer for the folks who were still into these games.

But good to know that they’ve got more projects coming, hopefully these closures won’t mean any layoffs and anyone working on the games can transition to the new projects. Still quite enjoyed OMD 1/2 and Robot seem like good people, so I’m down for more of their work.

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Eliandal

Stop being so darned positive! You don’t fit in here ;)!!!