The year 2023 acted as a witness to so many highs and lows within the realm of digital entertainment. As the calendar pages turned, several more games bid farewell leaving behind a trail of memories in the hearts of their loyal player bases. In Part 1 we covered games that closed between January and March of 2023. This dive is not to diminish the hard work that was put into these games. They had talented teams and players behind them. Just like the last article, I’m not going to go through every single game that shut down just the ones that caught my eye or made the news. If I missed a game, stay tuned for the final part, or go back and read part 1 and let me know your thoughts on More Games Shut Down in 2023 in the comments.
In May the 2019 Disgaea RPG mobile game met its end. The game was a free-to-play with microtransactions. This allowed players to collect randomized characters in a gacha system similar to games like Genshin Impact. In April 2023 it was announced that the international version of Disgaea RPG would be shutting down in May 2023. Maybe it’s still running in Japan? One of you will have to let me know.
One of my favorite hidden gem games Kingdoms of Amular lost its online features. This is a game to check out if you like games like Dragon Age, Fable, and other adventure games. There is a remastered edition that comes with the DLC called Re-Reckoning and it’s worth a play through to relive that era of adventure games.
This game might be right there with the last videos star, Babylon Falls. On Wikipedia, CrossfireX was a fps developed and published by Smilegate Entertainment for Xbox on February 10, 2022. It was the 3rd installment in the Crossfire series and Remedy Entertainment worked on the game’s two single-player campaigns. Overall it received generally negative reviews from critics which led to low player counts and in February 2023, Smilegate announced that the game would shut down in May.
In June the EA and Velan Studios Knockout City ended its time on this gaming plane. It was released under the EA Originals label from 2021 to 2022 and finally, Velan Studios the developers took over publishing duties in June 2022. They transitioned into a fully free-to-play title on June 1, 2022. Now the game has been shut down as of June 6, 2023, though a Windows version compatible with privately hosted servers is available.
The 2012 reboot of a classic gaming series Syndicate lost its online features this month too. This was a part of EA’s closure of other games’ online services.
In the same month, Bandai Namco delisted the 2012 Soul Calibur V from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 digital stores on June 19, 2023. The base game and all associated DLC will no longer be available for purchase. This is a common practice for games to be pulled from digital stores when they are no longer profitable or when licensing agreements expire.
Lemnis Gate developed by Ratloop Games Canada and published by Frontier Foundry was released on September 28, 2021. It was also published to Xbox Game Pass day 1 as well. On the wiki the game featured players taking turns in matches to complete 25-second runs with characters as they attempted to complete objectives. Each player’s turn is stacked on top of previous rounds, causing players to think critically about the best strategy to take in a given situation to win as previous loops continue.
Reception was favorable, with praise on its interesting take on fps mechanics. The game’s multiplayer servers were shut down on July 11, 2023, with reports noting the game’s low player count as the probable cause of the closure.
Stay tuned for more games that met their end in 2023 in the final article and let me know what you think about the games I listed. As always I would love to hear your comments and suggestions below.
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