Video games don’t always last long: many games have seen their end in 2022, even on some major brands.
The year 2022 saw a number of notable games Close foreversome after years of successful business, some after months of struggle.
It’s the nature of online gaming: nothing lasts forever, especially modern live service games that end if they don’t make enough money to fund their servers. The end of some of these games left a feeling of nostalgia, while others were met with complete indifference, sometimes with their names forgotten long before the ax fell.
It fell in 2022
These are the games which permanently closed its doors in 2022in the chronological order in which their departures were announced.
A few months after its launch in August 2020, Ubisoft realized Hyper Scape wasn’t that great and started making changes, but it never managed to make headway in a world already dominated by Apex Legends and Call of Duty: Warzone.
On April 28, 2022 it was permanently cancelled.
For more than 20 years, this video game has encouraged young people to join in Continuous propaganda. This is precisely why it was permanently shut down in May 2022. The good news for fans is that while the servers have been shut down, the private servers, task editor, and other offline features are still working.
The Stalker-like online shooter Survarium has had a whopping seven years, but it never really left Early Access. In announcing the shutdown on May 31, 2022, developer Vostok Games said so ‘A new chapter awaits us’But the studio has yet to announce its intentions. Meanwhile, however, All employees had to flee from Kyivthe headquarters of the development house, due to the war with Russia.
Heroes of Neuwirth
Even after being defeated by League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth retained enough viewership to keep it alive for more than a decade.
But in December of 2021, developer Frostburn announced that the end was near and in June of this year it closed its doors for good.
In April, developer Bluehole announced it was moving on to something else, and on June 30, publisher Gameforge pulled the plug on its MMO Fantasy Tera, which has been around since 2010. YouTuber The Game Archivist logged the last few minutes, when Hundreds of players gathered to say goodbye:
Project Cars and Project Cars 2, two of the best racing games ever made for PC, were removed from Steam this year due to “Vehicle license and track expired”. Those who already own the game will still be able to access it, but those who missed it are not out of luck.
The news got worse a month later: Electronic Arts, which acquired Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios in 2019, pulled the entire series in September.
Overwatch hasn’t really gone away, it’s been replaced by Overwatch 2, and basically it is Only Overwatch 1.5. However, in October 2022, the beloved title was canceled and replaced with a sequel, which did not enjoy the same success.
Warhammer 40,000: Kingslay
No reason was given for Warhammer’s “chess” closure in October. It was In circulation for seven years, a pretty decent age for this stuff. The good news is that Regicide remains playable offline; The bad news is that the offline campaign is the weakest part of Kingslaying.
Super Bomberman R Online
The Bomberman series is on forever (probably), but Konami announced the end of that very sequel in June, after a year and a half of declining player numbers, which greatly contributed to the “mixed” user rating on Steam. The end of Super Bomberman R Online occurred on December 1, which provides further evidence of this Not everything has to be a battle royale.
The fall of Babylon
The fall of Babylon lasted 194 days before Platinum decided it had had enough and threw in the towel amid “mostly negative” user reviews on Steam and an aggregate score of 46 on Metacritic. It will be permanently closed in February 2023.
In September, Google announced the closure of Stadia game streaming platform. Perhaps that was inevitable, given the slow bleeding of the past couple of years (and the fact that Google never really seemed committed to getting Stadia up and running).
The closing itself is scheduled for January 18, 2023but we’ll always have that totally incomprehensible launch trailer to remind us of what could have been.
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