Another one bites the dust. It is truly unbelievable what is currently happening in the world of free-to-play games. Studios are having financial troubles and letting go of their staff; games are either changing their business models to pay-to-play or going offline entirely. Ubisoft just recently announced that they would shut down seven of their free-to-play games, including titles such as Ghost Recon Online. Now Webzen announced that they are going to discontinue their MMORPG ASTA – The War of Tears and Winds.
In their last letter to the community in July, the developers had revealed the roadmap for the rest of the year. Between October and December, the studio was planning on continuing their “Myth” expansions, raising the level cap, and bringing new regions and other content to the roleplaying game. Instead, the ASTA community has to prepare for the day the servers are turned off.
On October 4th, the service will be discontinued. According to the folks over at Webzen this had nothing to do with their loyal community that has been enjoying the game. The problem was rather that the game failed to attract a big enough player base to be able to continue the service from a financial standpoint. The developers have already closed the RPG’s in-game shop. Players will get refunds on the Wcoin they have spent in the last 30 days.
ASTA’s hardcore players should try to enjoy the last few weeks in the online game, as Webzen has added some farewell events that bring 100% XP, Fame, Drop Rate, and Gold Drop.
Source: Official game homepage