Deep Silver, developers of the zombie MOBA Dead Island: Epidemic, have announced they will be shutting down the game’s servers next month. The announcement was made via the game’s Steam page.
“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.” Deep Silver starts. “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.”
Servers of the game will close promptly at the end of the day on October 15 (Pacific time). The development team also states there will be big discounts on characters and boosts so players may spend all remaining in-game currency they have to enjoy this last month.
Big concerns from current players are refunds for starter packs offered during the closed beta and Steam Early Access release. The “Deadicated” Starter Pack, priced at $39.99 promised players 4 additional characters, 2 months of boosted match rewards and 2 months of premium membership upon launch of the game. The “Contagion” Pack priced at $44.99 contained 4 copies of the “Deadicated” Pack. These launch perks clearly won’t be able to be delivered and no statement has been issued regarding refunds for purchase of these materials.
Dead Island: Epidemic hit Steam Early Access in May of 2014 after being announced in August 2013. This is just the latest in bad news for Deep Silver and the Dead Island series. Dead Island 2 was delayed after the publishers parted ways with developer Yager earlier this year. A replacement studio has still not been announced.