Armature Studios has announced it will be shutting down its multiplayer game Dead Star in November. If you’ve had PlayStation Plus for a while, chances are you own the game, as it was offered as one of the free titles back in April. It was also launched on PC to alright-ish-to-mixed reviews after a short period in Early Access.
However, the ReCore developer has removed the game from PSN and Steam, and will be closing Dead Star’s multiplayer element (the main attraction) on November 1. The decision was due to the financial burden it’s placing on the studio. Talking to Kotaku, Armature’s director of operations Jack Matthews said:
“We are shutting down the game because, bluntly, the costs of operating the game now exceed its income… This decision was not taken lightly internally, and was extremely sad to me personally. Armature put a lot of time, love and studio resources into both the game and the community, and we are extremely grateful to our community for their support in keeping this going as long as it could.”
Honestly, while it’s a shame when the plug is pulled on any game, I’m not that surprised. Im the few rounds I put into Dead Star I found it frustratingly confusing, and being offered alongside the much more accessible and anticipated Zombi the same month on PS+ couldn’t have helped. As it relied on getting 20 players together in a single match, it couldn’t maintain its community for long, even with post-launch support from Armature.
Nothing has been said about refunds for those who purchased the game, however it seems unlikely.