BattleForge Closing After Next Month

The BattleForge website has news that EA is closing down Phenomic's free-to-play RTS game as of the end of next month after a four-plus year run that began in March 2009 (thanks GamePolitics). Here's word from Sky Marshal Dienes:
Skylords,

Today we bring sad news to the world of Nyn as the rift between our worlds is coming to a close, and with this we come to the unfortunate retirement of BattleForge.

The decision to retire older games is never easy. We hope you’ve enjoyed playing BattleForge as much as we enjoyed making it and we wish to extend our sincerest thanks to all of our passionate and dedicated players for supporting BattleForge over the past 4 years. Those of you who still have a balance of in-game currency are encouraged to spend it before the game is shut down on October 31st and is no longer available for play.
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Slashman wrote on Sep 7, 2013, 18:59:
PropheT wrote on Sep 7, 2013, 13:00:
NKD wrote on Sep 7, 2013, 11:55:
How many truly fantastic games are forever gone because they required an online infrastructure which was shut down? I can't think of even one off the top of my head. Maybe with more thought...

City of Heroes.

I'm having trouble thinking of another one, though I expect Warhammer Online is on the chopping block before too long here (and I don't know how many people would agree with me that it was great).

Yeah but that was an MMO. There is no way that an MMO will go on forever. Although in the case of City of Heroes, that shutdown was just plain old stupidity and greed at work.


Still, it was a great game, and it's gone for good. That's the main "feature" the current online games generation has to offer: play as long we think is worth you can play.

It would be nice if EA (and other companies) released some sort of server executables of these decomissioned games so people willing to host it for free could keep the ball rolling. But I reckon I'm expecting too much from the suits...

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