Rumbleverse Shutdown

Rumbleverse, the melee-based battle royale title published by Epic Games and developed by Iron Galaxy Studios, is going offline on the 28th February. It's a surprising turn of events, given that the game is only around six months old. We've seen less popular live service titles last quite a bit longer, after all.

Rumbleverse was well received when it first launched in August last year, and it remains a well crafted, enjoyable twist on a genre that is notoriously difficult to break into. But evidently, that's not enough to keep a project like this afloat for very long.

But at least refunds will be offered to existing players. The official announcement reads: "Any player who has spent money on Rumbleverse is eligible for a refund of money spent on or in the game. This includes the purchase of a Rumbleverse Battle Pass or Brawlla Bills on any platform. We will share a FAQ page with additional refund information soon."

What's more, an update will be released later today that unlocks additional content for all players. The post continues: "The current Battle Pass will be granted to everyone. Your XP gains will be doubled so you can fast-track unlocks for every rank. Quads, Trios, Duos, and Solos will be live and we’ve unlocked additional accessories and emotes in the game for free as well."

At this point, we're all used to seeing live service games get ditched when they don't quite meet expectations — but six months? That's a shockingly short lifespan for a title that seemed to be well supported. We suppose it just goes to show that live service projects are simply never a safe bet, even for publishers like Epic Games.

How do you feel about this? Did you play Rumbleverse? Feel free to grapple in the comments section below.