Triad Wars, the multiplayer spin-off of Sleeping Dogs that has been running in a free to play beta form for the past year or so, is being shut down without any plans for release according to a forum post from today. On January 20th at 12pm Pacific, the underworld of Hong Kong will come crashing down.
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The post was made to the official forums today and reads like this:
“Since the start of the Triad Wars Closed Beta this year, diligent Enforcers have run rampant through the streets of Hong Kong, killing rivals and building Empires. During this time we have gathered immense amounts of feedback, information, and data on the game. We’ve loved seeing how you’ve played Triad Wars but we know it wasn’t right for many of you so we’re letting you know today that we are going to close the beta and service on January 20th 2016 at 12 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. That’s 4 weeks from today and over this time we’re going to leave the game up and running for you to continue to enjoy but we will not be accepting any more purchases. To help you enjoy these final 4 weeks we’re going to make Gold available free of charge and we’ll shortly be posting news on the forums about how to deal with refunds of unused Gold. Thank you very much for all the testing, feedback and support!”
Leaving it up for a bit longer is both a good way to let fans get a last look and will probably have something to do with server rental times. It’s also traditional to have an anything goes period at the end of a beta or game, and given this is a bit of both, it wouldn’t be right to do without. Details on gold refunds are provided in this thread.
This post also comes just five days after the community manager for Triad Wars,Iain Myers-Smith, posted he was moving on from the game. As well as confirming that, he says that United Front Games have big announcements coming next year – presumably whatever they’re working on now that Triad Wars has passed on.