Free-to-play first-person shooter Dirty Bomb is ending further development according to a news post on the game's official website.
We previewed Dirty Bomb way back in 2015 when it first hit the market. While the initial appraisal of the microtransactions was less than favorable on our part, the core game itself was considered a good bit of fun.
Unfortunately, a game being fun is not enough to keep it going - especially when it's an online multiplayer title. Going by the Steam Charts for the title, Dirty Bomb has seen a gradual decline in its players despite the developers continually working on updates.
As a result, Splash Damage will be halting further development of the game after a bug fix version ships in a few weeks. While they made a serious effort to turn things around (going as far as to reacquire the IP for themselves two years ago), they just weren't able to bring in enough money to financially justify continued development of the title.
Since development is halting, this also means that the game will not be seeing any new Mercenaries joining the cast. Everyone who had purchased the All Merc Pack DLC will be getting a full refund of that purchase sent directly to their Steam Wallet. Players who purchased the pack will retain the unlocked Mercenaries on their accounts.
Although development is stopping, Splash Damage will continue to leave servers online in regions where there is still a healthy playerbase. Obviously, that may change in the future if the player numbers drop any further than they already have. You can read all of the fine details (including a super-helpful FAQ) by going to the news post. If you'd like to give Dirty Bomb a spin, you can play it for free on Steam.
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