Dead Island: Epidemic will be shutting down in October

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The sad reality with developers looking for a slice of the MOBA pie is that if their game isn’t Dota 2, League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, Smite, or even Heroes of Newerth, it’s pretty much destined to fail. That’s the dilemma Deep Silver are now facing. They’ve just announced that their take on the genre, Dead Island: Epidemic, will be closing down in October.

This was announced in a letter to the players on Steam (via Game Informer):

Ever since starting with the Closed Alpha, and all the way through the Closed Beta and Open Beta, we’ve received a great amount of useful criticism and encouraging feedback from our players. This has been invaluable for all the teams involved in developing the game.

Over the past weeks and months we’ve been evaluating how to proceed with Dead Island: Epidemic and looking towards the future for the game. We’re sad to announce today that we’ve come to the conclusion to cease further development.

We want to thank everyone for their support, their feedback, and their time playing Dead Island: Epidemic! The game would not have been the same without you.

Though the reason for shutting down isn’t explicitly stated, I’m pretty certain it’s got plenty to do with what I mentioned above. It takes a lot to get any typical gamer to move away from their MOBA of choice! Epidemic closed down before it was even able to escape its open beta period.

As much as I hate the thought of the MOBA market being oversaturated in general, it breaks my heart when any development team has to pull the plug on their project. I hope the team responsible for Epidemic will be able to move on to something better at least.

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If you’re a fan of the game, you still have some time to play. The servers will be running until halfway through next month, with some discounts on in-game goods:

We will be leaving the servers open until the end of October 15th (Pacific Time), during which time we’ll run a very large discount on all characters and boosts to give everyone a chance to spend any remaining currency on characters and items you may have wanted to try before, but never did.

Admittedly, I dabbled with Epidemic a while back and wasn’t hooked at all. I found myself going straight back to my long time lover, Dota 2.

What about you? Did you play Deep Silver’s MOBA at all?

Last Updated: September 17, 2015

Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

  • Michael Matusowsky

    I don’t even know why I still play DotA 2. It just makes me angry every game. Yet I play it over and over.

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      Sucker for punishment?

    • hairyknees

      I haven’t played a Dota 2 game for like… 14 days 😛

    • Deceased

      Gotta get your dotamine fix man 😐

  • I don’t play MOBAs and it’s just not a genre I can get in to. But this is the risk of online gaming. Anything that requires server connectivity can have the plug pulled at any time. Now what would happen if this game had been live and people had used real world currency for MTs?

    • hairyknees

      I think people may have actually lost real currency :/ doubt there will be refunds.

      • What!?!?!? People spent real currency in a BETA?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

        • hairyknees

          Yip! It’s not uncommon actually – loads of people do 🙂

    • HairyEwok

      That’s what happened to Age of Empires Online. I really really feel sorry for people who poured money into the game and can’t even play it anymore.

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    Damn, never even installed it. Sad to see it close down though

  • Deceased

    Disagreed … Your game is destined to fail if it isn’t as good or better than the above mentioned – Sure they tried something new ( in the MOBA scene ), but if you really want a slice of the sweet, tasty MOBA pie, you’ll have to convince people to move from their currently favourite MOBA – which isn’t as easy as it sounds, as investing years of time into a MOBA like DotA to learn the mechanics, you’re less likely to jump ship

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