Square Enix has announced its end support for the co-op multiplayer RPG Babylons Fall, with the game being scheduled to close permanently a year after its release.
When Babylons Fall was introduced in March earlier this year, the game fell below a reasonable ten players on Steam just weeks after its release. In a blog post, Square Enix declared that it will stop digital and physical sales of the title from today (September 13) and that the game will be terminated on February 28, 2023.
Even if you previously purchased the game, Babylons Fall will no longer be available for play. All gameplay information will be deleted, and all in-game currency and purchases will be made unaccessible.
Doomed from the start
Square Enix has announced that it has deleted several large-scale updates that it had in the pipeline, but will continue to release a schedule of fresh content and a final season before the game goes permanently offline. Even these, Square Enix has clarified, are subject to modifications without prior notice.
Season 2 will run until Tuesday, 29 November 2022 as scheduled, and the final Season will begin with the maintenance scheduled on the same day, according to Square Enix. This Final Season is the period in which you can earn the ranking rewards of Season 2.
As a way to express our gratitude to all our players, we intend to conduct as many events and other initiatives as we can before the service ends.
Square Enix had stated in a letter in March that it had no intentions to cut the scale of development of Babylons Fall, because the games initial sales and playerbase failed to take off. It had already begun working on Season 3, which now appears to be the games final seasonal update, but wanted to provide new content for the game and improve its potential target audience.
Square Enixs was the latest experiment in live service. The game has been enhanced with a full suite of microtransactions, an in-game currency, and a schedule of seasonal updates, as the developers prepare to support the game for many years to come. All that planning and development now look a little premature.
Its suspension is also a significant blow to those, admittedly few, players who have already enjoyed the game up until this point. It will be especially distressing to those who purchased Babylons Falls for $59.99 / 59.99 / AU$99.95 on its entire retail price, but will not be able to play any portion of the game until February next year.
Although the closure is unlikely to come as little surprise, live service games depend on large, dedicated communities for their longevity, as loyal fans return for seasonal content updates to support the game for years to come. Square Enix hasnt been able to execute even the modest turnaround that Battlefield 2042 has experienced once in a row.