Survival shooter DEATHGARDEN announces its shutdown and goes free-to-play in the meantime

    
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All things must die. It is the way of nature and underperforming multiplayer shooters. So it is with DEATHGARDEN, the multiplayer survival shooter/battle royale title from Behaviour Interactive according to an announcement yesterday. According to the letter, DEATHGARDEN was just not drawing in players:

“Witnessing the decreasing player base, we’ve been working on finding solutions: we sought advice, considered many different scenarios, looked at various solutions, but unfortunately, none of them would change the fate of this project. Today, it is with a heavy heart that we’re announcing the end of DEATHGARDEN’s development.”

The shooter will stay online until at least the end of the year so long as matchmaking remains viable and will be free-to-play in the meantime. Fans of the game are also invited to a farewell livestream with the devs this coming Thursday, December 12th, where players can play with the team behind the game.

For those who are unfamiliar, DEATHGARDEN went in to a soft-launched early access state in August of last year, where it was being offered for free for a few days. Our own MJ even took a look at it during that free trial, which we’ve embedded below. Or, of course, you can download the game from Steam yourself if you’re at all curious.

source: Steam, thanks to Sorenthaz for the tip!

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PurpleCopper
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PurpleCopper

Inevitable really. Deathgarden was horrifically unbalanced and Deathgarden seemed to compete directly with DBD.

Oh well, might as well recycle the Deathgarden assets and re-use them for DBD.

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Rodrigo Dias Costa

As others already mentioned, this wasn’t a Battle Royale. It was an asymmetric PvP shooter, kinda like Evolve, but with the hunter/prey roles inverted.

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Bryan Correll

For those who are unfamiliar

Some people are unfamiliar with DEATHGARDEN? Unpossible!

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hurbster

It’s like a line in a Steven Seagal movie.

‘I’ll take you to the garden, Senator. The Death Garden…’

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Alex Willis

WHAT IS THIS GAME AND WHY IS IT SHOUTING

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Bruno Brito

Survival shooter

Now, why would this unique experience have failed?

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PanagiotisLial1

Well it was early access anyways? Did they expect to find their player base in EA? Anyways BR market probably is hard for any new game to get into since there are a few titles that pull all players

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Mewmew

Ermahgerd! Not Deathgarden! Anything but Deathgarden!

PS – What’s Deathgarden?

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Armsbend

Dern I remember watching that stream live!

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Arktouros

Basically BDO’s Shadow Arena in 12 months.