MMORPG developer Carbine Studios has been shut down by publisher NCSoft.
Founded by former World of Warcraft developers, Carbine was best known for its only title, 2014 MMO Wildstar. The studio hoped Wildstar would appeal to a hardcore audience the Blizzard MMO had left behind, complete with the 40-player endgame raids of Warcraft’s prime.
But while it found its own audience, Wildstar was never the behemoth NCSoft hoped it would be. The game switched from subscriptions to free-to-play in May 2015. Half a year later, half the team was laid off due to performance and the cancellation of a Chinese version.
“Today, we are closing Carbine Studios and will begin the process of winding WildStar down to ultimately shutter the game,” said NCSoft in a statement, reported Kotaku.
"We are also in the process of identifying the teams that will be doing the work to bring WildStar to a close. These decisions are very difficult to make and we are in the midst of shifting as many of our teammates as possible into other roles within the organisation."
NCSoft also stated it will refund any in-game purchases made since July 1st 2018. Carbine’s closure was made effective on September 7th.