Population Zero has apparently sunsetted, is now just plain zero

Zero, zero, zero, Ted Danson.

Population Zero appears to have fulfilled its destiny and now has zero population.

Reports are coming in from both press and players on Steam that the survival MMO has quietly closed down its servers, and the game’s website has already been taken offline. It’s probably for the best, as the title had not seen a daily peak of over 10 players since last September nor had any communication from the developers since last July.

It’s truly a case of a game falling in a forest when nobody’s around to mourn its passing, as not even the official Discord sported anyone over the weekend who marked the occasion. It seemed like the writing was on the wall a while back, as players have long discussed the rumor that the entire team had been laid off:

Last fall, we covered what had happened to this one-promising title and noted that both development and engagement were way down following its so-so early access launch in June 2020.


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Kinda sad. I don’t generally wish this on a company unless they deserve it. From what little I saw of this one, it just was poorly named…


Thanks for using my Discord post to keep people informed. Steam needs to remove this game as a purchase item asap.

Eugeniu INFO

Maybe that was the plan all along – to make a cool first April joke? Similar to Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber 2, pretending to be sick for 20 years just to make a prank on his fellow. One can never be too sure.

Hirku Two

Right on, Justin!


(I think it fits) ;)

Kickstarter Donor

Man, for the life of me I couldn’t remember which Arnold movie that was from and was thinking Batman & Robin, frantically trying to find it. Thank you for having a better memory than mine.

Patreon Donor

Justin. I am so mad at how perfect that first line is.

Robert Mann

The only remaining question, is whether this is karma, the goal at the beginning of naming, or merely an exercise in irony… or maybe a little of all three?


And its still for sale on the Steam store. I’m hoping people still have access to the game and/or you can play it offline. Edit-According to some reviews the game will not launch.

Danny Smith

I’ve never even heard of it but i guess it sucks those 10 players got lawbreakers’ed.