Developer Player First Games has announced MultiVersus will be going offline until 2024, and some players are less than thrilled with the news. Players will lose access to MultiVersus' online component, which has been in open beta for the past eight months.
The end of the open beta period is scheduled for 25th June 2023, and game director Tony Huynh states (thanks, NME) that "as part of this process, we’ll be pausing updates and taking the game offline as we prepare for the launch of MultiVersus, which we are targeting for early 2024".
The good news is you will still have some limited offline access to the training room, as well as local matches, but the bad is that all online modes and features will be entirely unavailable for six months, at least. Some fans, especially the dedicated ones willing to spend money in-game or on expensive Founder's Packs, were less than pleased.
For a beta, MultiVersus experienced a long life, made a bunch of money, and even won Best Fighting Game at The Game Awards last year, which is somewhat unusual. What do you think of this whole situation? Air any potential grievances in the comments section below.
[source multiversus.com, via nme.com]
Well yeah. Who wouldn't be pissed?
I can definitely see why people are mad, but they did say the game can be played offline after the server shut down and that all earned cosmetics and stuff will transfer over to the full release, so it's not technically fully wasted money
Shouldn't have spent money on a beta, but at least it's not a permanent loss.
I mean it's a beta lol, maybe a small percentile of people will finally learn sth.
Do wonder if this ends up working for the team though and if anyone else might go the same route afterwards.
I don’t blame them. The beta was so long I bet some didn’t even remember it was in beta still. I barely played but I sympathize with the ones who paid & played often
I can see why they’d be annoyed, but I’m sure all 6 fans will appreciate it when the game returns and is hopefully a better experience.
I would understand if they had paid for content they never got (i.e. a battle pass that promises x y and z and they only got x), but they already enjoyed the content they paid for, they'll have access to it offline and again online after it comes back. I don't see how it's money wasted.
Well said. I'm personally not too bothered as someone that did put some money in. I put in $60 or so but even in the beta's short lifespan I got my money's worth out of it. Plus it carries over to the full launch anyway so I think people are being a bit ridiculous about this.
These people didn’t even look at the FAQ page on the website. It says that all "previously earned or purchased content will carry over to the full game when it comes out next year. Y'all are just too quick to complain and lazy to read
This is why I’ll NEVER spend a single dime in any live-service game.
@Fighting_Game_Loser Hopefully it comes back. A lot can change between the time it goes offline and the time it supposed to comeback.
The player base dropped off heavily after it very successful launch. And WB could use this opportunity to sunset the game if the developers don’t have a successful plan to bring back the player base.
@Korgon I feel the same way about a game called "Destiny of Spirits" that I played for a year on the pvita. It's the only f2p game that I spent hundreds of dollars on, because I wanted to reward the developers for the great game that they made and were supporting with constant updates. I knew it wasn't doing all too well, so all the more reason to support it. Unfortunately, it wasn't profitable and it was shut down, but for a year the experience was great, so my money wasn't wasted, just like when I watch a movie at the cinema or a play at a theater, etc. I cherish the experience.
Don't be stupid enough to spend money on a beta then. Companies wouldn't do this if people weren't so happy to pay to be game tester. Companies used to pay people for that.
I don’t understand how people have the time to play all the finished games they are interested in. I presume that’s the case as people are now resorting to purchasing games that aren’t even finished yet! Sorry guys, but I have little sympathy as long as you were clearly told this was an open beta. Although, thinking about it, they shouldn’t even be allowed to take people’s money for unfinished products as far as I’m concerned.
@thefourfoldroot1 the game felt like a finished product to me anyway. That's why so many people didn't even realise it was still in beta.
Fair enough. But then why the long delay until release. Surely they must know that any momentum gained during the beta period is at risk the longer they wait. Just seems poor all round, but it is hard to be too sympathetic with people who bought the game knowing they were paying for the privilege of being testers.
People defending the actions need to understand something, it’s very common for modern games, especially F2P games, to launch as early access games and then continue to be available the entire time up to their 1.0 release.
There is almost no precedent for a game like this to be in a beta like this for a year, sell full content to customers, and then become unavailable for 6+ months before the full release.
Additionally the game has enough reviews to have metacritic scores on all major platforms, including this very site, and was nominated for awards as if it was a full release and complete game.
I assume this kind of thing was in the T&Cs you probably had to agree to when you first started the game.
To be fair with F2P it's always a thing if you spent money it can be lost overnight. You didn't pay for a product but for the option to use cosmetics for a game in beta. The game comes back or not in 6 months you had your time to play it and if it comes back you keep your cosmetics.
Sounds like they're going to kill there own game...
@thefourfoldroot1 unfortunately there's no momentum now, so a relaunch is the only hope there's left for it.
Big Companies: "we dont give AF!! Peon Gamers! We got your money and there is nothing you can do about it!! "
(Sagat Shoulder Shrug Laughing)
@RainbowGazelle the Trolling that gaming companies now do is almost like the cigarette industry "We want you to pay for a product that you and I know will KILL you but hey you want it, so pay for it suckkas!! "
They hyped people soo much they made gamers PAY to be beta testers and pocketed the money!! ROFLMAO!!
Paying money on a live service game is an ill-advised expense to begin with; paying on the beta of a live service is even worse.
the game isnt coming back, so people will be mad.
Wait until the servers are cut on gt7... Then the game is rendered practically useless... Those developers are using the same method
Modern gaming is rubbish and people and especially the gaming media makes excuses and allows it.
Instead of random backlashes to some games that do stuff and not others we should all stand together and ran certain things out of gaming for good.
@Steve30000 this is the uncomfortable truth this website likes to ignore
Bring back calling the cops on LeBron or don't release the game at all.
Hmm, personally I think it's only a matter of time until someone tries to sue Multiversus devs for a full refund.
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