UPDATE: After reaching out to Square Enix, the announcement has received an edit to make it clear that Triad Wars will be ending service. “We’ve loved seeing how you’ve played Triad Wars but we know it wasn’t right for many of you so we’re letting you know today that we are going to close the beta and service on January 20th 2016 at 12 p.m.”

Surprising news out of the United Front Games camp today as they announced that the Closed Beta for Triad Wars will come to an end on January 20th. The servers will still be up for the next 4 weeks if you want to jump into the game and get your war on, though.

Why is this “surprising” news? Well, the announcement is worded a bit…shall we say…oddly. It reads almost like a “game is closing” message rather than just a “Closed Beta is ending” message. From the game’s forums:

Since the start of the Triad Wars Closed Beta this year, diligent Enforcers have run rampant through the streets of Hong Kong, killing rivals and building Empires. During this time we have gathered immense amounts of feedback, information, and data on the game. We’ve loved seeing how you’ve played Triad Wars but we know it wasn’t right for many of you, so we’re letting you know today that we are going to close the beta on January 20th 2016 at 12 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. That’s 4 weeks from today and over this time we’re going to leave the game up and running for you to continue to enjoy but we will not be accepting any more purchases. To help you enjoy these final 4 weeks we’re going to make Gold available free of charge and we’ll shortly be posting news on the forums about how to deal with refunds of unused Gold. Thank you very much for all the testing, feedback and support!

Saying a game “wasn’t right for many of you” sounds a lot like a shut down based on lack of a player base.

The forums have also added a post providing instructions on obtaining a refund for any players that bought gold in December. It wouldn’t be surprising to me to see that the shut down is in full though, seeing how I wasn’t alone in being a bit put off by the game’s lack of true multiplayer.

We’ve reached out to Square Enix to provide some clarification on the future of Triad Wars and will update you as soon as we hear back. But by the looks of it, Triad Wars may be a goner.

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  1. GamingMaster on January 2, 2016

    It can’t compete with GTA 5 (online) and the free to play apb reloaded.

    So this game was poorly executed.

  2. GamingMaster on January 2, 2016

    It can’t compete with GTA 5 (online) and the free to play apb reloaded.

    So this game was poorly executed.

  3. Traace on December 27, 2015

    Hi guys, i was in the close beta for a long time now. People who expect a proper MMO are getting disappointed hard. This was never an MMO. It has Open-World yes, but only as a single player map, like in Sleeping dogs and they planed to leave it like that..´The only multiplayer part implent was a Player Base vs Player Base fight, which was even async.

  4. asd on December 24, 2015

    How predictable, i installed it once but not launched even once after watcghhing some videos of gayplay, right move, stupid companies like trion still investing in dead games like archeage,devilain,rift, there is more other dead craps like skyforge ans star wars online, most of these games ar e fake free to play with subscription and locked characters and content, faking scammer companies deserve it 😀

  5. TheMysticalNinjaUK on December 24, 2015

    Sigh…It’s entitlement and “I want it now!” feelings that’s killed of Triad Wars which was a shame as it was quite good with what it had.

  6. louis on December 24, 2015

    The game “industry” is really funny ….
    offline games are released for free before they are available in stores , kickstarter games never get out of alpha stage, and most mmo close after few weeks/months….(open beta of course)

    fail,fail,fail everywhere…. oh, and the new dx 11/12 thing, everyone should buy new computer to run their boring games!! hahahaha !

    • louis on December 24, 2015

      and download 20GO just to test a game..forgot about that

    • unknown on December 27, 2015

      that why i prefer to play B2P mmo rather than F2P mmo because F2P have lot of micro transactions. let just hope black desert dont fuck up i was so happy when they change their business model from F2P to B2P

  7. JapansFreak on December 24, 2015

    i enjoyed this mmo and i will be sad seeing it closeing before going out of beta…

  8. Todoran on December 24, 2015

    the fate of all crapy mmos, i got fingers crossed for all of them.

    • Rhaedric on December 25, 2015

      Why are you getting pleased about a game being shut down if you don’t even play it? There are people who enjoyed this. Why does it even bother you? Don’t like something? Don’t play it and move on instead of being a bitter person criticizing for the sake of it without bringing up a single valid point.

      • Todoran on December 26, 2015

        because these crap games are to many, devs are making them because they se retards play them and pay for cray itimes so greedy companyes will copy echother , if nexons sees that aeria makes lots of cash whit crapy games nexon will not make good games… they will make other crapy games if they see they do make cash get the point? so yes i like when this type off crap gets shut down because it descurages other companys to keep making this type of crapy games. So in the end ppl can chose beetween many good games not many crapy games THAAAADA! if u whant good games in the future u must not encourage crapy games!

        • Sign on December 27, 2015

          (The top 10 to Avoid Bad Company)
          3.Kog Games
          4.R2 Games
          8.Aeria games
          9.Day Z break

          • joemama on December 27, 2015

            I think this list is right on. Cept for Valve

  9. Za'Muro on December 23, 2015

    shuting down a game after “closed beta” which not everyone can access ? i havent even tried it but if they start shutting down games like this without even reaching open beta where everyone can try them … idk

  10. Powerslaver on December 23, 2015

    Played for a few weeks when closed beta started. NEVER went back. Boring ass game.

  11. rickshaw on December 23, 2015

    Well the game had some flaws & never seemed to pop out much, there was something lacking & this is the answer to it. Many players just never came back & I was one of them.

  12. Zozo on December 23, 2015

    Damn…I spent money on that game too…

  13. Terranova667 on December 23, 2015

    Sad to see it close but not surprised, it was to much like a mobile / tablet game than a fully fledged MMO, it had some nice ideas but i think had it been sleeping dogs the MMO as many asked for it wouldn’t be shutting down.

  14. commanderhavoc on December 23, 2015

    Kinda sucks, but then again we were hoping for a proper sequel to Sleeping Dogs and not a free to play multiplayer game like this.
    I’ll admit I had some fun with it the few times I played, but it lacked the spirit of the original game as in well written characters and whatnot.
    Really hope that United Front decides to make a full and proper sequel to Sleeping Dogs soon.

    • Zaikurron on December 28, 2015

      the game had no multiplayer it was clash of clans with sleeping dogs skin

  15. MFoma on December 23, 2015

    OMG, i hope it’s just going off from closed beta to open beta, but seems like my thoughts aren’t be right…. seems like they are really shutting down the game, i think it had really good potentional 🙁 i actually really liked the game don’t know why, something was in that catchy and day by day playing it i get the dragon head rank (max rank)… it’s very rare when i play games so long…. oh welll… thanks 🙂 and sorry if i had mistakes or not very understandable sentences :)…..