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We've often said that whenever a game finds massive success in a genre, there's little room for any imitators to find an audience. That appears to be the case with PlanetSide Arena, a 250 v 250 shooter that followed on the coattails of PUBG, Fortnite, and, though the developers didn't know it at the time of announcement, Apex Legends.
Announced late last year for a January release, PlanetSide Arena was a free-to-play shooter spin-off from the massively multiplayer shootfest PlanetSide 2. From developer Daybreak Games, the team behind H1Z1 (which was itself a DayZ imitator that evolved into an early battle royale), Arena suffered a series of delays that meant it only launched in September, four months ago.
While Arena was a 250 v 250 shooter, instead of an everyone-for-themselves battle royale, the game took place on a shrinking battlefield, saw players being knocked out on death, and had everyone scrabbling for weaponry when they loaded into each game. The influences were clear.
However, when it launched a few months ago, Arena simply couldn't find the players it needed to show off its fancy mega battles. According to Steam Charts, the free game has had a peak count of just 64 players in the last 30 days, with there being just 10 logged in usually. It's all time high was 1,481, not enough to fill even three games.
With that in mind, Daybreak has decided to pull the plug. "It has become clear after several months in Early Access that our population levels make it impossible to sustain the gameplay experience we envisioned," executive producer of the series Andy Sites says in a statement posted to the game's site.
Arena's servers will be shut down on January 10 and players will have all the purchases they made in the game refunded.
This doesn't mean an end to PlanetSide, Sites says: "As painful as it is to close this chapter so quickly, we remain deeply committed to this franchise, and look forward to continuing this journey through the PlanetSide Universe with all of you."
Though, whether this means we'll see more PlanetSide spin-offs, or if the developers are pushing towards a PlanetSide 3 is unclear.
Featured Image Credit: Daybreak Games
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