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Monster Slayer is closing

The Witcher: Monster Slayer is shutting down, CD Projekt Red subsidiary Spokko announced, while sharing its detailed roadmap to ending the location-based game, which it says will remain playable until mid-2023. And while the Polish studio is providing Giving fans plenty of heads up, this turn of events confirms that his first project under the CDPR umbrella will have a fairly short lifespan, even for a modestly-funded mobile spinoff. Namely, The Witcher: Monster Slayer it was released only in July 2021 and will now be unplayable before its second anniversary.

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The title was already in development when CDPR decided to acquire Spokko in 2018, according to their joint announcement of the change of ownership. However, in a post-pandemic world, another geolocation game in the vein of Pokémon GO it turned out to be a tough sell. According to data from Google Play Store, The Witcher: Monster Slayer it racked up between one and five million Android downloads in its first 17 months and currently has a 2.9-star rating based on more than 73,000 reviews. Apple’s App Store no longer provides public download estimates, but the fact that the iOS version of the game only has a few dozen user reviews suggests that it hasn’t been as popular with the iPhone crowd.

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Spokko is pulling The Witcher: Monster Slayer from both app stores on January 31, 2023, which is also the date that all in-game purchases will be removed as a direct result of removals. anyone who downloads The Witcher: Monster Slayer before February you will still be able to play it until June 30, 2023, when Spokko plans to shut down the last of its servers. The sunset decision The Witcher: Monster Slayer stems from the fact that the game failed to meet the developer’s “commercial expectations,” according to the company’s support page dedicated to the shutdown.

Once the studio finishes cutting its losses, it will be absorbed into its parent, meaning its first game as part of the CDPR family will also be its last. Some of the staff will have opportunities on other projects, but while CDPR recently announced half a dozen titles, including a new sorcerer trilogy and a 2007 remake The Wizard, Spokko continues to plan layoffs after the restructuring. That turn of events is far from atypical, as these kinds of mergers often lead to layoffs, usually in non-engineering roles like marketing and human resources.

This development marks the beginning of CDPR’s move away from mobile titles, which also resulted in yesterday’s announcement of the end of support for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, though that title was also released for PC, with the studio promising to keep it online for years to come. The change in strategy was detailed as part of its latest financial statements, which revealed the best quarter in CDPR’s history, so from an investor’s perspective, the company appears to be on the right track with its decision to double revenues. AAA projects.

The Witcher: Monster Slayer is available for download on Android and iOS devices until January 31, 2023. The game servers will be shut down on June 30, 2023.

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