Purged: SOE Shuts Down Four MMO's
Within the next couple of months, Sony Online Entertainment will be doing its spring cleaning early, starting the job by shutting down Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures and Free Realms on March 31st; then finishing it with Vanguard and Wizardry Online on July 31st.
SOE's explanation for their sudden change of heart mirrors that of an employer laying someone off nicely, stating that, “-we are always evaluating our portfolio to ensure we're providing players with the best gameplay experiences. At times, as part of this commitment, we have to make the difficult decision to sunset a game so we can refocus our resources on other areas in the best interest of our company and player community.”
You can find questions and feedback on Reddit with CEO John Smedley, who is answering the questions personally.
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Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009.
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Sad to see it go, it still has a decent population. Really a senseless killing.
RIP Wizardry. A great unique game no one loved
I noticed in the news section there was a SoE employee promising new content on the 17th which was a week before they announced their shutting it down lol. Typical carrot on a stick routine I guess.
Therefore, even though the cover says free-to-play, it may not be so, and you may end up paying quite a lot of money further along down the line.