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MMOs, unfortunately, do not last forever. When they sunset and close down for good, the whole genre mourns.

With Your Destiny and Asta close down

We truly do hate to be the bearers of bad news, especially when that news has to do with the demise of an MMO. It’s doubly unfortunate to have to report on the sunset of two free-to-play titles this past week: Asta and With Your Destiny.

T3Fun’s With Your Destiny recently announced that it was closing its doors, and yesterday the title shuttered both its servers and the website. The Norse mythology MMO had been in operation since 2003. Currently, any attempt to find the With Your Destiny page will send you to T3Fun’s site instead.

Asta: The War of Tears and Winds, which was billed as the Asian World of Warcraft when first released, is shutting down its South Korean servers next month following a couple of years of stalled development.

Source: MMO Culture. Thanks to Mitch and Winterskorn for the tips!

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Face of Mankind is shutting down in August

Sci-fi sandbox MMO Face of Mankind is calling it a career. A Nexeon spokesperson confirmed the news on the game’s official forum, saying that the title is “too old to create new, meaningful content, and the visuals aren’t on par with newer releases that come out on an almost daily basis.”

Creator Marko Dieckmann echoed the sentiment, saying that FoM “has been running much longer than any of us hoped for,” after noting that he started development work way back in 2001. Dieckmann says that development in those days wasn’t the relative cakewalk that it is now thanks to free toolsets like Unity and CryEngine.

Nexeon says that it considered opening the game up to community development, but decided against it because such an action “likely wouldn’t have affected the game’s growth and population.”

Source: Forums; Via: Game Politics

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Final Fantasy XI previews the second part of its final story

The next version update for Final Fantasy XI doesn’t bring the end, but it does bring the continuation of the end. The second chapter of the Rhapsodies of Vana’diel storyline will be implemented with the update, continuing the story that’s wrapping up more than a decade of history for the game. It’s so much story that the existing game can’t even contain it.

Yes, the new missions will include a new area, along with several of the eponymous rhapsodies with new effects and more cast members pulled from throughout the game’s history. The version update is slated to arrive in August, so if you want to catch up on the concluding storyline before it goes live, you’ve got a little time.

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RaiderZ is shutting down in August

Perfect World is shutting down RaiderZ, effective August 7th at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The firm says that payments back-dated to May 7th will be refunded to your Arc account balance and will be available for spending in other PWE titles.

MAIET, the original developer of RaiderZ, has ceased operations, and Perfect World says that it is therefore unable to troubleshoot persistent server issues or “deliver a quality experience,” hence the shutdown.

Source: PWE; thanks Boris!

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PlanetSide 2 hits European snags, closes in Korea

It isn’t all sunshine and daisies for PlanetSide 2, even following yesterday’s massive PlayStation 4 launch. For starters, the European servers for all PlayStation versions were taken down soon after the console release due to a technical issue and have yet to be restored.

Speaking of Europe, Daybreak said that German law is forcing a fee of about 0.5€ on the title due to a law requiring a price tag for games sporting a USK-16 rating. This means that in Germany, at least, PlanetSide 2 isn’t a free-to-play title (although it is very cheap).

Finally, the game’s South Korean publisher, Daum Games, announced that it will be closing down the title in that country next month due to a lack of interest and other issues.

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Co-op sandbox Windborne is closing down on Steam

You’re in for some disappointment today if you were hoping that Windborne would ever emerge from early access. Developer Hidden Path announced this morning that it’s “closing down” the co-op sandbox.

We have attempted to secure the needed funding to finish the game in various avenues and unfortunately what was once a not-so-[competitive] market has now been flooded with games of this style. Windborne has been a labor of love for this studio since its inception. We have spent countless hours designing and creating a striking world to share with everyone. We have decided that after much business development around the title with no positive movement in funding that we will be delisting Windborne on Steam.

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‘Speed MOBA’ Solstice Arena shutting down, offers parting gift

After two years in operation on both mobile devices and the PC, Solstice Arena is calling it quits.

The so-called “speed MOBA” announced last night that it will be closing down on August 12th. “We don’t take the decision to sunset our games lightly but we made the tough decision to close Solstice Arena so our team of game makers can put their passion, energy and time into developing new games,” Zynga said.

The company is bestowing thank-you gifts in either FarmVille 2 or Empires & Allies to loyal Solstice Arena players who fill out a short form on its website.

Source: Facebook, Zynga

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Not So Massively: Heroes of the Storm launches, Infinite Crisis gives up

It’s been a week of mixed feelings in the land of MOBAs, with the thrill of a new game launch juxtaposed against the background of another’s impending closure. Heroes of the Storm officially launched with a series of events and celebrated with the release of new tank hero Johanna from Diablo III. Turbine announced that its DC Comics based MOBA Infinite Crisis will be officially shutting its doors on August 14th, just a few short months after launch. SMITE‘s furry little squirrel god Ratatoskr officially made his way out of the test server and into the wild, and Dota 2‘s compendium reached $12.5 million as players pump hundreds of dollars into it in attempts to win rare cosmetic skins.

League of Legends revealed plans to overhaul its user interface and revamp the skillshot code to eliminate hitbox bugs, and LoL commentator Martin “Deficio” Lynge was suspended pending an investigation of his deep connections with a pro team. Destiny increased the drop rate of Treasure Keys in patch 1.2.0.2 and fixed an exploit players were using to loot Ether Chests multiple times. And Path of Exile revealed that several new low-level unique items will be coming out with its upcoming expansion, The Awakening.

Read on for detailed breakdowns of the stories above and other news from the wider world of online gaming in this week’s Not So Massively, and don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS feed for weekly updates!

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Infinite Crisis fan organizes last hurrah

When faced with the end of a game that you love, how do you use those final days? While some might grieve over Infinite Crisis’ premature closure, one player is organizing a community-wide event to make the most of the time that is left.

Player Dycer announced on the forums that he’s putting together a weekly rotation of custom games for any and all to enjoy. “I want to help the most amount of people leave the game with good memories as possible,” he posted, going on to list the schedule and add his personal memories about each of the MOBA’s maps.

Dycer said that he’s going to try to keep the matches going as long as he can.

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Infinite Crisis is shutting down on August 14th

DC-themed superhero MOBA Infinite Crisis is shutting down on August 14th, according to an announcement posted on the front page of Turbine’s official site.

After much deliberation, we regret to announce the official shutdown of Infinite Crisis. We will end development efforts today and will close the service on August 14, 2015.

Between now and August 14th, the game will remain available to play completely free. If you have any questions, contact Customer Service for assistance at http://support.infinitecrisis.com.

This was an extremely difficult decision to make. On behalf of the entire Infinite Crisis team we want to thank all of you for your feedback, support and for joining together to create one of the best communities in gaming.

The announcement is echoed on the official forums by Community Manager Celestrata. The game officially launched in March of this year after an extended testing period and impressed even MMORPG critics.

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Russian version of Lord of the Rings Online closes June 1st

If you were hoping that the Russian version of Lord of the Rings Online would last forever, we have some sad news for you today. The game’s localized servers will be shutting down on June 1st, with new account registration already disabled and all cash shop items discounted to cost just 1 mark. There’s also an NPC to power your character up in case you weren’t already at maximum level for whatever reason.

It’s not clear at this time whether Mail.ru was unwilling or unable to reach an agreement with Warner Bros. for extending the license for the game. Bonuses are being offered for Russian players affected by the shutdown in the other games that Mail.ru maintains.

[Source: MMO Fallout]

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Need for Speed World is shutting down on July 14th

Need for Speed World has entered its final lap. After five years of operation, the game is shutting down on July 14th, with purchases of speed boosts already disabled for current players. New accounts cannot be registered, but existing players will be able to still log in and play until the shutdown date; no reimbursements for cash shop currency are mentioned, just a note that you should probably spend it if you have any left.

The shutdown notice explains that what ultimately killed the game was a lack of feature development to accompany the game’s ongoing content updates, which means that bringing the game up to par with more modern racers would require an overhaul that just isn’t possible. Our condolences both to any players losing their favorite game and to the developers affected by this shutdown.

[Source: Official site. Thanks to Hadden for the tip.]

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Grand Chase shuts down but offers fans a tribute post

There are some games you realize had a long run only after you say goodbye to them. Grand Chase might not have been one of the most important games on your radar, but after seven years of operation, it finally closed its doors yesterday, waving farewell to a longstanding and dedicated player community in the process.

While nothing can make up for the loss to players directly, the staff behind the game tried to at least soften the blow by collecting a series of tribute posts, recounting the game’s history, making concept art available for download, and otherwise looking back on seven years of history with a fond eye. KOG Games is putting forward Elsword as an ideal new destination for former Grand Chase players now down a preferred game.

[Source: KOG Games press release]

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