Vostok Games' free-to-play shooter Survarium will not survive the month of May. A message on the game's website today laid out the grim news: Despite "how important and special the project has become to many of you," it is with a "grieved heart" that the decision has been made to shut down the game by the end of May.
The game will proceed "in full scope" through to the end of March, with updates, technical support, and a fully functioning store. In April, support and the store will be discontinued and every player will receive 50,000 gold and 500,000 silver. Mid-May will see a new event dedicated to the game's closure and its loyal players, after which the servers will be taken offline for good. After that happens, the Vostok Games team "will fully focus on the new project already in development."
Vostok Games was formed in 2012 by former employees of GSC Game World, the developer behind the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series after S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was cancelled. (A sequel is finally planned for launch in December of this year, 13 years after the last game in the series was released.) While similar in theme and setting, the two games are not officially related.
Survarium has been in early access on Steam since April 2015. When we asked their PR manager at that time when the official launch would be, he said that PvP was "about 80% complete" and the official release date would be "the day when players are able to play all the initially announced play modes." Apparently, that day will never come.
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