Blink and you missed it: Astellia Online is already gone.
Back in August, we covered the news that the MMO and its free-to-play and poorly named sidekick, Astellia Royal, were planning to sunset on October 29th, making it only to the two-year mark since its launch here in the west. As we noted, the game was “solidly average” and “not astonishing, but certainly not atrocious,” but it failed quickly in Korea and attempted and failed to go all-in on Steam, then was handed off to a blockchain company.
However, at some point between August and now, the new owners apparently decided to step up the sunset and edited their announcement to that effect, as MMO Fallout noticed that the game was closed yesterday – a week and a half early.
The game’s Reddit has set up a final shutdown thread for players to say their farewells, though at least one player captured a last screenshot as the game closed down for good.
MOP’s own Eliot opined on the impending sunset back in August, discussing the lessons the industry should learn from a string of failed temports and how “good enough” isn’t good enough in the MMO genre any longer.