Nexon is sunsetting mobile survival MMO Durango Wild Lands already

    
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Welp, that didn’t last long: Nexon announced last night that it’s sunsetting Durango Wild Lands, a mobile survival MMO that kicked around in various stages of beta across the world for several years before finally launching here in the west in May 2019.

“To put it bluntly, we have decided to end the service of Durango: Wild Lands. It seems we have reached our final destination in the wild lands that we have explored together. We would like to apologize and show our gratitude through this note. We would sincerely like to thank you, our pioneers, for being part of the Durango world. We, as developers and operators of the game, were able to do our jobs largely due to your support. While the in-game characters were warped to Durango despite their intentions, you our pioneers chose to be part of our family. We deeply empathize with you not being able to continue your expeditions in Durango.”

The most crushing bit is that Nexon is apparently going to push out a finale for the game’s storyline before the end, along with a new patch that’ll introduce PvP content, an instrument system, faster experience, and some way for players to save their private islands.

According to a follow-up post, IAP will end on October 16th – that’s today – with the game’s final day of life being December 18th. “Reinstallation will NOT be available once you delete the game after December 18, 2019,” the devs write.

MMO Culture, which first picked up the news from Facebook, speculates that it probably has something to do with Nexon’s ongoing business implosions as we’ve been covering all year: After its botched mega-sale, Nexon canned Peria Chronicles, stopped dev on Project G, let the contract for Riders of Icarus run out, closed two Western offices, and saw its own employees stage a protest.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Surprising tbh. I thought game was well done from 30 minutes Ive played it

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Mewmew

I figured this was going to happen. They haven’t really gave the game much attention over the past few years of beta. Most all the changes that did happen made the game less fun and less sharing with others on big islands, more private island while briefly visiting little places on the way. The game that we beta tested years ago was so much better than the final release we got recently this year.

They really took a huge swath of that online gameplay feel away. There were a couple of decent changes and a lot of intresting costumes and stuff added, but most of the changes lessened the fun rather than expanded it.

Still, it’s one of the few games I hadn’t uninstalled on my phone after a month or so. Though it had more to do with hoping it would get better again and be more of what it started out to be years ago than what it was now.

Just more money down the hole, and makes me feel that I will be far more careful for any new Nexon projects in the future. Unless something drastically changes with the company, I’m going to invest minimally rather than go all out on their next releases.

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agemyth 😩

There was a cool game in that mess that nobody ever got to see because the people pulling the strings on this project only ever thought of it as a hole for people to throw money into.

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semugh

nexon! bring it to PC please, even as a buy 2 play game.

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Armsbend

The game was a huge pile of trash. Good riddance.

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Mewmew

Well it was much different than the game it started out as. They changed too much of the basics around so that it wasn’t as fun as the original game they beta tested years ago. We used to be on big islands with other people from the start and not just briefly visiting small islands with other people on them here and there.

I enjoyed the original game from a few years ago, I didn’t enjoy the final release that much they just did in May for us though. I still had it installed out of love for what it was when it first started out, but I really wasn’t having nearly the fun in the version we ended up getting recently.

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Armsbend

I was in the beta and it was horrible. That was enough for me. Another mobile in the trash – nothing lost nor gained.

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Bruno Brito

nothing lost nor gained.

A pity, honestly. Mobile has the potential to bring quality games and great experiences, but not with this specific generation of gaming companies.

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Greaterdivinity

Wow, that was fast, though I guess it’s been in beta for a while so it’s been out for a “while”.

I played it when it came out and the intro sequence was FANTASTIC. Seriously, if you haven’t played it download and play just for that, it’s legit pretty cool. But after that…yeah, quickly fell off. It’s a bummer.