Today’s been an interesting day for news all around, what with acquisitions and even more acquisitions. But now, we have news that is — unfortunately — on the ‘big bummer’ end of the spectrum. NCSoft announced the closure of Carbine Studios today, adding that they will also begin the process of “Winding WildStar down to ultimately shutter the game.” The official statement, given to Kotaku just a bit ago, follows statements from sources who where there when Carbine staff were informed of the decision earlier today. The shutdown can result in about fifty people losing their jobs, although NCSoft has stated they are working to shift as many affected employees into other roles as they can. Here’s hoping everyone lands on their feet.
As for how this will affect players, NCSoft has promised refunds to players who spent money in the game between July 1, 2018 and whenever the payment system is shutoff. WildStar hasn’t been doing particularly well for a while now, but what players it did have were loyal. So this is a bummer all the way around.