Is it just me or does the EU always seem to get shafted in some way or another when it comes to Free-to-Play releases? Release delays, shutdowns and missing content updates seem to be a regular occurrence across the pond.

So is it surprising that Gameforge just announced it’s shutting down the EU version of the action MMO RaiderZ? Honestly not at all. The publisher already has two other major MMO’s under its belt including Aion and TERA, both of which have been getting a lot more attention -and content- lately.

The news came via an official post on the RaiderZ Europe website which stated the game would shut down on August 30th. Speaking to the fans, the RaiderZ team offered up the following explanation:

This decision was not taken lightly and all potential alternatives were looked at extensively, but as the game did not attain the level of success that we had anticipated, we are left with no other choice but to take this step.

Perhaps the reason it did not attain the level of success they had anticipated was because Gameforge also hosts the action MMO TERA, which was seen as RaiderZ’s direct P2P competitor before TERA made the F2P switch. Hosting two games which are in direct competition with one another is a sure way to dilute both fan bases.

A small FAQ was also posted on the EU RaiderZ forums which echoed the statement above and offered a solution for those wishing to continue their adventure in the MMO; switch to another RaiderZ publisher. That publisher is of course, Perfect World Entertainment who handle publishing duties for the MMO in NA regions.

For now PWE continues to support the MMO, but the shutdown really begs the question. Will this be the same fate for the NA version as well? It can be hard to answer that, because we really don’t know how well the MMO is doing over here. Perhaps an influx of EU players will solidify the MMO’s security a while longer, but that’s assuming there are no outstanding latency issues for foreign players.

In the end, I am actually kind of sad to see the MMO go. RaiderZ was one of the first Free-to-Play open world action MMORPGs I can remember and marked a step in the right direction for MMO combat.

If you’re interested in reading the FAQ for yourself -along with some player responses- you can have a look at it here. What do you think ultimately lead to the demise of RaiderZ EU?

52 COMMENTS

  1. I won’t ever play any game ever again that is affiliated with gameforge, they absolutely butcher and screw every game they touch. You only need to look at what they did to the Australians runes of magic server to know that gameforge just cannot be trusted. They start up an Aus server of runes of magic then wait til mega people join and spend mega dollars then just shut the server down with no warning, no explanation,no nothing,even to this day they have not even made a comment about it.
    I was going to play Tera until i saw it was affiliated with gameforge. Most likely the same thing would happen,start an account, spend dollars and time only to get that server ripped up shredded and destroyed by gameforge. WARNING to all, stay away from anything that is affiliated with gameforge.

  2. Not going to lie. Raiderz is easily the best Open world rpg game there is. the fact that gameforge doesn’t want the game is because of money. i play the NA version of the game and i can tell you the game at NA is quite popular with a good number of people online at anytime. That fact that gameforge has only 2 games show that no developer wants to be associated with them because they dont give a damn, thus Raiderz US is alot more popular because PEW is better than gamefore. To GAMEFORGE:
    Its not the game that is bad, it is you that is bad

  3. So..EU rages over not having Raiderz, gets Raiderz and then it proceeds to fail. So where are all these players that so desperately wanted to play this game–and it being a F2P–will surely bring in money (especially if the players love it so much) and not die..Oh..Well see I can only say one thing to this situation.

    HUASHUASHUASHUAS.

  4. RaiderZ NA is great because I think the combat system is better then most of the games that uses the same combat system because of the dodging system.
    the game needs to rise its level cap & add more content.
    I ask PWE they say they cannot do nothin without asking the makers of RaiderZ like events, rise the level cap, or add new content.

  5. Well to be honest, game lacks content. You can hit cap lvl in two weeks if you play casually, after that its grinding for gear non stop. The real drop down comes once you have the gear – there is nothing to do. PvP is well lacking at best, you have better gear then youre opponent – lights out for him. As result players will log in less and less. My home server in NA is Diago, finding a group there equals mission impossible more often then not.

  6. The EU has always problems with MMO population because of the languages. Except German and French which have a quite large population and they can talk in their language, the others need to talk English at least to play in English servers.
    This divides the population and people prefer US servers for any game if it is not region locked. There are all English servers.
    RaiderZ were released by PWE and many people have a PWE Account for other games so it was simple to get this game from there and not Gameforge

    • The most dumbest statement i ever saw.
      1. English is officially international language and 95% of the people study it in school.
      2. The only thing that’s stopping me (and for sure not only me) from playing in NA server is the big Latency. (200-300ms)
      3. The problem with RaiderZ EU was the lack of updates. And i’m not talking about adding new content only but updating at all.
      Last update was 2 months ago. (couple bugfixes)
      At one point there was a bug that was not allowing to most of new players and not only to play (took them month to fix it) / Players found a bypass solution 1 day after the bug appeared/.

      Gameforge are like this … They don’t give a d*mn about the players. The only thing they want is money for doing nothing.
      When I see that gameforge host the server for mmo that I wanna play …I’m like ” Eh.. I guess it’s not worth it.”

  7. the game first was great, but the lack of content are killed it… and nothing special about the game, the character creation was great but limited, and the gameplay was repeatatly, framing mobs is went boring… and the pvp was awful, too many problem with the game, i hoped they fixed it. but they choose the easier way…

  8. Don’t worry I’m sure people will play it using proxy servers … I used to play Vindictus NA using proxy server and then got bored cause I didn’t really like the p2w….

  9. I assume the NA version will follow. Hardly anyone can even play it because it has retarded levels of false security that stops most people from ever making it past character creation.

    The ones that do make it past are gold sellers or extremely lucky (by lucky I mean getting past the security, not getting to see a gold seller flooded shitpile game).

    Good riddance. The only problem for EU is that the best alternative is Tera, and Frogster has driven that into the ground. Poor EU really needs En Masse.

  10. I’ve been off from the game for several months and now it’s shutting down? Damn! Gameforge is terrible, but at least the ping was good for me since I live in Europe. The US version is superior when it comes to content and support. I’ve always had issues with patching and I was banned 3 or 4 times, because I was browsing the EU RaiderZ site with java script off…

    Anyway, I won’t be going back and start from scratch in the US servers regardless of how much I like the combat system. I like it better than Tera and Neverwinter, which I was playing in the mean time.

    • its also for me best Combat system this genre of mmo could have its way better then neverwinter, but lack of continent and grindy late game just pushed me out, had 3 chars lvl 35 and one 30.

  11. Not really considering the NA version is not doing any better, like the one guy said taken over by gold farming sellers, also for the NA version PWE does not fully support the game anymore and could care less if it dies, as to thats what I have noticed so far.

  12. The PWE version too might close down the game is out for a year now I think and it still have the same boring class and not too much content update so far and the gameplay is repetitif

  13. its obvious NA will shut down too.
    Gold selling guilds have taken over the game economy has no value at all there.
    Knowing PWE being a Money Whore. well not like i care much!Age of Wulin is the stuff for me right now!

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