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Gigantic to shut down in July - Another MOBA bites the dust

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Less than a week ago, we reported that Epic Games will be shutting down their free-to-play MOBA title, Paragon. Since the announcement, fans have even created a petition, asking to keep the game going. Now, another MOBA / Hero Shooter will be shutting down. Gigantic, an interesting take on the MOBA genre, with beautiful Cel-shaded graphics combined with third-person, hero-based gameplay.

Unfortunately, it seems the game didn’t do well to break through in the overcrowded MOBA market, so it will be shutting down on 31 July 2018. The game was being developed by Motiga, but in November 2017 it was already reported that most of Motiga’s staff was let go and the developer basically shut down. Since then, a skeleton crew has been working to keep the game going, so the end has been in sight for Gigantic for quite some time for fans who have been following the game closely. Now, the developer has now posted a final update for the game, talking about the journey and extending their gratitude to all their fans.

The announcement reads:

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the January Update is the final content update for Gigantic, and the game servers will be discontinued on July 31, 2018. The journey over these last few years was met with outstanding support from our players and we are all very proud of the incredible experience Gigantic is today. The team wants to give a big shout out to our awesome community - both those who have been with us since the beginning as well as those who just picked up the game recently.

We want to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who gave Gigantic a chance. Discontinuing Gigantic was not an easy decision. The game is a unique and exciting experience that captured many hearts and minds. Unfortunately, it did not resonate with as many players as we’d hoped. Over the last several months, the teams at Motiga and Perfect World looked into viable options to sustain Gigantic. However, the current state of the game has restricted options for further progress and relevant content updates, and delivering basic features while also fixing long-standing issues was more complicated than expected. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to find an impactful solution that would help Gigantic break through in a crowded market.

Gigantic remains a labor of love to the Motiga and Perfect World teams who worked on the game. It pains us to let it go, and we cannot thank everyone enough who saw something special in Gigantic and its vision. We hope you continue to enjoy Gigantic until July 31st while the official servers remain online. One last GIGANTIC thank you to our amazing community, and while the sails are up, we’ll see you on the airship!” - Source

Alongside the announcement of the shutdown comes a final content update, even introducing a new hero called T-Mat. Further, the update disables the purchase of Hero Packs and Rubies (the game’s premium currency). Those who have some Rubies or Crowns (a currency you gain in-game) stored up, will still be able to purchase items from the shop at discounted prices.

Interestingly, there is no mention in the announcement of a refund, unlike Paragon which is giving full refunds to all players. It remains to be seen if and how refunds will be given to players who might have poured a lot of money into the game.

Have you played Gigantic and what do you think about the game closing down for good in July? Let us know in the comment section below.  

Source: Gigantic

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