Spellbreak, a kind of battle royale with magic, was able to get good ratings on Steam, but the end is now near and for several reasons.
Spellbreak hasn’t been on the market that long, since 2018 to be precise, but the end is already in sight. The magic battle royale has loyal fans, but very few of them. As the developer Proletariat Inc. has now announced, the development of the game will be discontinued and the servers will finally go offline in spring 2023.
Quite a few players welcomed the fact that magic has brought a breath of fresh air to the Battle Royale genre, but the number of players has recently languished at under 200 players per day (hey, at least more than Babylon’s case).
The lack of success is probably only part of the reason, because as it became known almost parallel to the announcement, Proletariat Inc. is getting a new owner anyway. Blizzard wants to take the team under their nails to increase the workforce for World of Warcraft along with the Dragonflight expansion. The entire staff of 100 people is to be taken over.
The contact between Blizzard and Proletariat Inc. is said to have existed since December with numerous talks regarding a possible takeover. Proletariat Inc. has both knowledge of running online games and some expertise in the MMO field thanks to employees who have already worked on titles such as Asheron’s Call, Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online.
The collaboration has been underway since May, and the team is expected to be fully integrated into Blizzard Entertainment in the coming months.