So this probably gets filed under “saw it coming” but it is now official. The RaiderZ EU shutdown happens next month.
Here in the states the free to play, action combat MMORPG RaiderZ is published by Perfect World Entertainment. Our friends across the pond however have a version of the title serviced by Gameforge and today Gameforge announced what many people probably saw coming a long time ago (read: since right around the time Tera went free to play).
On August 30 the RaiderZ EU shutdown will be complete. While there isn’t a whole lot of details surrounding the situation, Gameforge did release a very short FAQ regarding the RaiderZ EU shutdown. From the answers, it really isn’t hard to see exactly what’s happening behind the scenes.
From the Gameforge FAQ regarding why the title will shut down:“The success of RaiderZ did not meet our expectations and as we saw no other potential alternatives to the discontinuation of the services, unfortunately we were left with no other alternative than to take this step.”
Once the RaiderZ EU shutdown is complete, our friends in Europe that still wish to play the game will have to seek out a version published by a different company. This has a few drawbacks though. The obvious drawback could be potential connection rates with EU players trying to connect to Perfect World servers. The more inconvenient set back though is that players will have to start from scratch on those new servers as no transfer of characters between publishers is being considered.
The larger question this obviously leads to is what the long term future holds for the Perfect World version of the free to play MMORPG. If it wasn’t doing well overseas, how well is it really doing here in the West? Will we be repeating this news in a few months with nothing but the names and locations changed?
I’ll be honest, I don’t think I’ve jumped into RaiderZ since Tera went free to play. If I wanted some action combat game time Tera is where I went for a few hours. Have any of you been in RaiderZ lately? What’s the crowd like?