Just because your game is free-to-play doesn't guarantee success. This line will be used quite a bit for quite some time given all the new and upcoming free-to-play games out there. Following in the footsteps of City of Heroes, Reakktor Media has announced that Black Prophecy will be shutting down. The free-to-play space simulator will cease to operate after September 26th.
Black Prophecy is a gorgeous AAA quality game wrapped up in a nice little free-to-play package from Reakktor Media and Gamigo. The problem? Apparently it wasn't turning profits because on the official Black Prophecy website the team has this heart-breaking news to share...
This past year-and-a-half has been filled with very bright spots as well as many hardships. It has been an honor to team up with the profound talent at Reakktor Media, and to have had the opportunity to bring a small bit of light to the space action genre. Along the way we’ve made many friends, as well as suffered the loss of a few very close ones. The Black Prophecy team put everything on the line for this title to succeed, working any and all angles to keep hope alive even after Reakktor had to shut its doors. Financial realities don’t always pause for effort though, which brings us to this point in time.
Man that's a tough pill to swallow. Black Prophecy had a lot of potential that felt like it was fully realized, especially when it came to promoting the game and getting a wider audience in the know about the game.
The shutting down of the game is a rather low-key event but I imagine Gamigo may send out an official press release sometime throughout Monday (technically later today).
The game itself was a visual marvel and contained a lot of no-holds barred PVP and ship customization. There was a progressive plot attached to the game that wasn't half bad but the real meat and potatoes was with exploration and teaming up with friends to battle other players.
As of August 29th, all cash-shop purchases have been suspended. Anyone who purchased virtual currency in the last six months will receive an e-mail voucher where the virtual coin can be transferred and used in other Gamigo games.
It's sad to see this game shutdown, but unfortunately it's the nature of the beast. You can learn more over at the Official Black Prophecy Website.