The multiplayer PC shooter Dirty Bomb has enjoyed ups and downs. As one of the early success stories of Early Access, Dirty Bomb enjoyed a big enough player base to push it through beta into full release in August 2017. Unfortunately, the player base didn’t stick around from the game’s height and long-term support has become unfeasible.
The game was intended to act as a Games as a Service title with continued development and support. In a post on their website, developer Splash Damage explained why they can’t continue working on the game.
“After regaining publishing rights for DB nearly two years ago, we staffed up a load of developers and tried our best to deliver a Dirty Bomb experience that would be feature-rich with tons of new content, while maintaining its great gameplay feel & balance,” the post reads. “Unfortunately, despite all the added time and resources, there were some challenges we couldn’t overcome, and we were not able to make DB the success that we hoped it could be. The bottom line is that we can’t financially justify continuing to work on the game we love.”
The servers for the game are going to remain up as long as it has a meaningful player numbers still. Those who purchased the game’s All Merc DLC before January 2019 will get a refund while still retaining access to the mercenaries it comes with.