After five years of operation, Gamepot have announced that a Wizardry Online sunset in Japan is coming at the end of the year.
The “hardcore dark fantasy” MMORPG is being shuttered by Japanese publisher Gamepot as a result of “adverse market conditions for online gaming” in Japan according to the official statement made by the company. The date for the game’s closure is slated for December 20th.
Wizardry Online featured a perma-death game mechanic and was initially released by Sony Online Entertainmen. It would later be part of several other MMOs that were cut when SOE transitioned to Daybreak Games in 2014. Word of Suba Games’ interest in reviving Wizardry Online in the West was reported last year, but has since yielded no new information.
A perma-death MMORPG was not exactly a palatable thing in the West when Wizardry Online was first released, and the apparent lack of online gaming interest in Japan is just another nail in the coffin for the title. Whether tastes have changed since 2014 enough to warrant Wizardry Online returning or not is up for debate, but regardless we hope that those who worked for Wizardry Online in Japan find new employment soon.
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Source: Massively OverpoweredRelated: Japan, News, Shut Down, Sunset, Wizardry Online