EA closing BattleForge

Publisher will shut down RTS on October 31; players encouraged to spend in-game currency before game closes.

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Free-to-play real-time strategy game BattleForge will be shut down on October 31, Electronic Arts has announced.

"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 company said in a statement.

"The decision to retire older games is never easy," the statement goes on. "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 four years."

EA encouraged users who still have a balance of in-game currency to spend it before the game is gone for good on Halloween. BattleForge is an online fantasy-themed real-time strategy game for the PC that borrows from the world of collectible-card games

The retirement of BattleForge comes after EA reportedly closed German developer EA Phenomic in July.

Discussion

106 comments
Cellidor
Cellidor

What a shame, and I just found out today, hoping I could try the old game out again. To think I spent hundreds on this game back in the day, before I understood that online games like this could be "shut down".


Not even giving old players the chance to download their own version to play offline or on private servers either? My goodness, EA, that's not going to earn you any points in the community.

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

Well the push to the next gen games was there right in the beginning with the xbox one, so no one would need to find a place to store their boxes and cd's in their drawers...  It also is a means to getting their way of having total control over their franchise and i will have no means to pulling out 10 year old games out of my drawer to enjoy them as i see fit. Also most of the new games are predominately mp games, so expect to be in a world of hurt. The signs are all there.  i really would like a glimpse into the future, like 10 years on, and see how all the new games turn out when they are deemed as not being profitable enough anymore....

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

Those that bought into that "always online service" have no right to complain, because they very well knew what they were getting themselves into and that every virtual thing they bought with real world money is wasted effort when the server's being shut down.

Perhaps they'll learn from it, perhaps they won't.

Personally I have no interest in games as a "service", I want to "own" a product to play in 15 years time if I so desire, that has actual value to me.
Add editors and mod support to it and for multiplayer have LAN support and the ability to host my own internet multiplayer server and I have a high value product to enjoy until eternity and will buy that in an instant.

dkeppens
dkeppens

Please keep online only far far away. Imagine every game you own slowly heading to this inevitable point

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

Wait, spend the currency on what? What's the point if the game is closing down?

gregrout
gregrout

And here lies the dagger in pay as you play... You have no control over when a company will pull the plug. This business model is good for gaming companies but horrid for gamers. People have to learn to reject this business model or all future games will be moving towards this model. 

simon1812
simon1812

I dont think I ever heard of this game, the name kiiiiiiiinda rings a bell buts thats it.

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

Willing to bet you can still buy in-game currency right up until the servers close down.

acerx7
acerx7

Why does this happen on consoles? On PC people are still playing games that are almost 20 years old online like Unreal Tournament and Counterstrike to name a few. I mean it was crazy. Nevermind I was just told it had to do with dedicated servers. Why don't consoles have those? I still wanna play my games years down the line when I'm super old

keech
keech

It's kind of pathetic that we're in a time when a game that's 4 years old is an "older game" that needs to be retired.

This right here is why Microsoft got such a huge backlash with the original Xbox One designs.  People don't want to see their games get shut down and become unplayable within the same consoles life span.

Not to mention the arrogance of suggesting that players spend any in game credit they still have.  So they can what?  Use what they buy for a whole month and a half?  If EA had any sense of business ethics (they don't) they would refund anyone who currently has in-game currency and remove all micro-transactions from the game until it shuts down.

liandrikonflict
liandrikonflict

In other news Sim City 2013 will shut down in 3 months as well making way for Sim City 2014 Online 4eva...:(

telaros
telaros

This is what people support. And when their microtransactions show little returns they close it down and don;t even allow anyone to be refunded for money they were led to believe would be safe to spend on a game that was support to be supported by contractual agreement, which in EA's case they have total right to rewrite agreements anytime and cancel the game without notice, isn't bound to give you money back for grievances like this.

For every Madden and FIFA and Battlefield and Dead Space and MASS EFFECT you buy that supports microtransactions, the more EA keeps pushing it on you. Show them you don't want this with the only thing they give a damn about. Your hard earned, or freely given, money.

But, whatever. Just another quick cash-in that began to show smaller returns and was axed to place those people into other newer areas for another game they'll abandon when it doesn't make as much as they want it to.

Jd234
Jd234

honest tho if people haev in game currency they should refund money.. like stupidest comment if you have in game currency spend it before we shut down. Whats the point gonna spend my currenecy for something and then the games gone anywaysXD

cirugo
cirugo

and this game wasn't even that old

this is what always-online gets you all you morons who say "doh...my internet connection is just fine..."

ziproy
ziproy

Take a look and see always on-line idiots. This right here is why constantly connected games is BAD. Once EA or Activision determine that a game is no longer fun they shut it down, never to be played again.

Granted Battleforge wasn't exactly game of the year, but if I wanted to still play it I should be able to. Just bring back dedicated servers and this wouldn't even be a problem 

Doom64
Doom64

And this will be the fate of all of EA's Games sometime in the future, not just because "if EA dies" but because of a previous article where EA pretty much said "We dont make offline games anymore". If they no longer feel like supporting one of there "always on" games anymore then who ever bought said game and enjoyed it will be SOL.

GameNator147
GameNator147

EA wants us to use our in-game currency before it shuts down? I hate when EA steal our money. >:(

skipper847
skipper847

When I saw EA Closing I was getting excited

javalino
javalino

FCS, its a 2009 game, with maybe 100 players. 

Ardiendos
Ardiendos

Hmmm I'd encourage people NOT to spend their in game currency and look into ways of getting their money back.

UKFX
UKFX

This is why I hate Peter Moore as well. He tries to spin off F2P games as not being a "pox" on gaming, but doesn't have a clue about gaming at all. A businessman yes, but not a gamer. Guy is a fool.

I myself dislike F2P games, I think they're casualised (real word? lol)  junk to lure in extra cash and it's an effective system. Although I realise some people enjoy these games but that is just my opinion.




ioriaddison
ioriaddison

EA: We never ship a game which is offline.

EA: We now shut down servers for the game.

UKFX
UKFX

I'm actually considering cancelling my BF4 order because of my sheer dislike for EA. I pre-ordered BF4 Digital Deluxe and BF4 Premium for a ridiculous £94.98 and although it going to be good, Origin is horrible and buggy and I just don't like EA. The only issue then is, what popular shooter am I left to get? I already cancelled my CoD pre-order, even though I haven't played a CoD game for years. I can't get Titanfall because, well, it's on Origin.

There's fuck all out there.

No popular casual shooters, unless of coursed I am forced to play BF4. Starting to look like my only choice.

Amazing is it not that EA doesn't actually care about their publicity.

GrandMaster555
GrandMaster555

This is why you should never buy in game currency.  How long was this game even open for, a year? two years?

Wrathesoul
Wrathesoul

Closing and EA would be a dream come true but closing down another game even if its a EA game is never a happy thing and they do it far too often.

9TalesFox
9TalesFox

@simon1812 it's like dota or lol just no towers. You have hero and fight agents other heros.

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

@acerx7 Unfortunately in the current generation even PC games aren't safe. As far as I know Battlefield 3 uses EA servers rather than allowing player's to create dedicated servers and its definitely not the only one. At first it seems a bit crazy since that means the company has to pay for all these servers but of course it also means that they can force players onto their next game by closing down the servers of the first. I wonder how long battlefield 3 will remain available once 4 comes out.

Vividnightmare
Vividnightmare

@telaros This is the EA / XBOX business model now. My wife plays a good deal of the facebook games, EA is huge in that market too. In the last 3 months 3 or 4 of her games have been shut down. The Sims Social was closed a while back too. It's perfect. Companies DO NOT WANT YOU to OWN content. Period. They want you to spend un-godly amounts of money and then have nothing to show for it a few months later. If you don't leave the customer starving why would they ever come back, right? Forget making a good product that brings them back, it's better just to stoke the addiction/hobby and leave'em jonesing for more. Think about it, all these people that put money into Battle Forge now have WHAT to show for their money gone? A hard copy of a game that doesn't work? If there ever was a hard copy. Yet what does EA have to show for your money? Profit margins. Stock value. Not to mention the cars and other goodies the Board members of EA drive. All paid for by money that you have nothing to show for.

ilke444
ilke444

@Jd234  Agree with you. But refund from EA is almost imposable to get. It is easier to move Earth then to get refund from them.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

@ziproy It is also why digital only is bad, 0 control over your item.

bennehftw
bennehftw

@UKFX dunno if it's a real word, but hey who knows these days. The Oxford Dictionary recently added the word derp as an official word of the english languade so.

x-TwilighT-x
x-TwilighT-x

@UKFX I enjoyed this game a bit, It wasn't the best RTS out there but it had a creative twist. I also never spent a dime on it.

ixmardukxi
ixmardukxi

@UKFX I may dislike EA, but that won't stop me from playing a game that is good enough, furthermore, i haven't faced any origin bugs whatsoever, I do not really like it, but i do not hate it either

IncisionX
IncisionX

@UKFX They do some great things as well, recently there sale earned a ridiculous amount of cash for charity but yeha I appreciate they're not loved but cancelling what will be one of the best Fps's ever made may be too far ^^

Masterchief219
Masterchief219

@Wrathesoul Im still bitter about them closing down Lord of the Rings Conquest severs a few years ago.  That game had a huge following online, and the game was only out for a year.  Also, they released an expansion pack of extra maps, than shut the servers down a month later.  Big screw job by EA.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

@9TalesFox I know, my "bookshelf" on GoG is pretty full already.

GoG's offerings are just too awesome to ignore and DRM free is always a huge plus.

tatorios
tatorios

@9TalesFox @simon1812  It's nothing like lol or dota. This game had structures, spells and units, and they all came from your deck, which you build with the cards you get. There was a great single-player + co-op campaign as well as direct pvp, ranked pvp, 1v1, 2v2, custom maps, etc. This game was AMAZING but EA didn't even care to put a good amount of money to correcly publicize it. It's sad, because i could see this game getting really big in the e-sports scene.

WTBG
WTBG

@Vividnightmare @telaros I guess the counter argument would be that they got entertainment for their money. When you pay to go to the movies or to an amusement park or something like that you don't actually get to own anything, you just pay to have fun.

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

@Vividnightmare @telaros Eventually someone with enough money will challenge the legality of these contracts and take it all the way to court rather than settling before trial, that's when things will get interesting. Until then I suggest boycotting EA and anyone else who follows similar practices.

gufberg
gufberg

@WantYouBad @ziproy That entirely depends on the scheme. 

GOG is digital only. It gives you complete control. 

rasputin177
rasputin177

@WTBG @Vividnightmare @telaros Yeah thats a good point. But, people don't want that for their games. They want to be able to play the game and live in the world. Not visit it for a couple hours.

Andrex1212
Andrex1212

@POP-3D @gufberg @WantYouBad @ziproy however you can't ever resell it to somebody else who might want to get enjoyment out of the game you no longer do at a cheaper price. I get what you're saying though and I do love Valve for their business practices.

POP-3D
POP-3D

@gufberg @WantYouBad @ziproy Also Steam, they stated loud and clear that if they ever come to shut down they will provide the users with a method to access and play all the games they own in their library, you own it and it is yours to keep forever.