Yesterday afternoon, the MMO group raised a collective eyebrow on the realization that Astellia Online and Astellia Royal had vanished from Steam with out a lot as a phrase. Additional digging supplied the information that the sport’s Reddit was useless and spammers have been choosing the carcass of the official boards clear. Late final night time, the corporate that at present owns the sport finally announced the closure without any explanation.
“Earlier than detailed announcement, we’re deeply grateful to all customers enjoying Astellia for the curiosity and help. Sadly, we now have the choice to terminate Astellia service. We regretfully inform you that Astellia service will likely be closed on October twenty ninth, 2021 (Fri). We wish to thanks for taking part in Astellia till now, and please discover beneath for detailed schedule of service termination and refund.”
That schedule makes clear that merchandise gross sales closed yesterday, although gamers can nonetheless use gems and bought objects, and there will likely be a “service termination occasion” starting August seventeenth and working by way of the sundown; gamers can count on a 300% expertise and drop charge bonus and half off money store stuff.
The official site has additional information, together with the information that the web site itself is toast the identical day because the sundown and that gamers can apply for refunds for excellent BENA money beginning September twenty eighth.
Readers will recall that Astellia On-line launched in September 2019 as a import from South Korea, so it’ll have made it simply two years. Our take was that it was “not astonishing, but certainly not atrocious” – a “solidly average MMO” that had the misfortune of launching on the heels of Bless On-line’s capsize. Inside just a few months, nevertheless, it was already sunsetting in Korea, merging servers, and planting stakes on Steam, the place it noticed an all-time peak of 1,171 concurrent gamers. The hand-off from its unique writer, Barunsun EA, to a blockchain company was… fascinating… and the battle royale spinoff landed simply final March, with its concurrency never topping 600 players.
Our sympathies exit to any remaining gamers and rank-and-file devs affected.
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