While the basic premise of everyone against everyone goes way back, the success of PUBG: Battlegrounds and Fortnite: Battle Royale chart the course for the modern Battle Royale genre. Their success sparked a wave of competitors over the following years. This includes the 2020s spell breaka free-to-play battle royale that attempted to insert a fantasy setting into the popular subgenre.
Unfortunately, this unique twist and some positive reviews weren’t enough to achieve financial success. As a result, developer Proletariat has announced its intention to end development and shut down spell breakearly next year.
The Proletariat informed players of their decision in a blog post earlier today. The developer’s statement is short and quickly cuts to the chase, announcing the shutdown and thanking fans for their support. The proletariat did not give a specific date for the closure spell breakservers are down, only that it will happen in early 2023. The post then briefly outlines the developer’s vision for spell break before again expressing his gratitude to the fans of the game. The post does not explicitly state why the developers are shutting down the game, though it can be assumed that the game’s low player count is the main cause.
According to SteamDB, spell break only has around 96 players in the game as of this writing. This is less than a full match in the most popular Battle Royale games. It peaked at 5,504 players two years ago and has been slowly declining since then. Some big spikes in spell breakTwitch’s viewership has never translated into significant growth in popularity. While these numbers only reflect the game’s popularity on Steam, the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch ports have likely had a similar trajectory. As unfortunate as it is spell breakremaining fans, the impending shutdown of the game has seemed inevitable for some time.
For those unfamiliar with the game, Proletariat describes spell break as a “multiplayer action game with exceptional movement and class customization that would give players the ability to unleash their inner battlemage”. This is a free-to-play battle royale where players arm themselves with magic gauntlets instead of guns. Developed over two years by a team of just six, developers based spell breakgameplay on classic shooters like earthquake and Unreal Tournament. Meanwhile, the game’s setting and visual design draws inspiration from a variety of sources, including games like Castlevania, League of Legends, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and movies and TV shows, including Akira, Princess Mononokeand Avatar: The Last Airbender.
spell breakThe PC and Xbox versions of received generally positive reviews. While the PS4 and Switch versions received mixed reception, some still considered spell break one of the best battle royale games on PlayStation. Unfortunately, those accolades never managed to attract a lasting following.
spell break is available on PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
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