The January update for action MOBA Gigantic will be the game’s last, as the developers announced today that the game will be shutting down. Servers will close on July 31, and the game’s heroes will be free in the meantime.
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“Discontinuing Gigantic was not an easy decision,” the official announcement says. “The game is a unique and exciting experience that captured many hearts and minds. Unfortunately, it did not resonate with as many players as we’d hoped.” The studio adds that “Despite our best efforts, we were unable to find an impactful solution that would help Gigantic break through in a crowded market.”
The game’s final update includes a typical array of balance changes and a new hero in T-Mat. All existing heroes - including T-Mat - will be free for the remainder of Gigantic’s life, and options to purchase rubies and hero packs have been removed. All unlockables have been reduced in price, as well. Players who purchased founder’s packs in the past will get exclusive skin variants to play around with.
Though disappointing, it’s not entirely surprising to see Gigantic winding down. Last year, publishers Perfect World shut down Motiga, the studio behind the game, leaving a small crew to handle support and updates - a clear sign there wasn’t much confidence in the game’s future. Other games in the space, like Epic’s Paragon, have had similar struggles retaining players in the current market.