When Gigantic developer Motiga closed its doors in November and turned the game over to publisher Perfect World Entertainment, the message was that it would continue “full steam ahead with the upcoming November update and future content.”
Apparently that steam has run out. Today, Perfect World Entertainment announced that Gigantic’s January update would be its last, and that the troubled game would shut down on July 31. Until then, all heroes will be free, and other purchases have been disabled.
Gigantic’s and Motiga’s troubles have been well-documented. From delays to layoffs to questionable spending decisions, it’s been a rocky road for the free-to-play hero shooter. It was actually announced several months before Overwatch, but didn’t launch until after Blizzard’s title took over the genre. Maybe it was just a victim of bad timing, not having a chance to capture an audience in the small window it had available.