Last November, publisher Perfect World Entertainment announced it had laid off a large majority of its subsidiary Motiga Games, the developer behind the free-to-play MOBA title Gigantic. A skeleton crew of Motiga staff members have been working on new content updates for Gigantic since that announcement. Now, Perfect World has confirmed it is officially pulling the plug on the entire game.
Gigantic’s cancellation was officially announced via a new post on the game’s website along with the news that the game’s newly available January update will be its last update ever. The game’s servers will remain online for the next several months. As of July 31, the servers will cease function and Gigantic will officially be no more. Motiga expressed its sadness over having to shut Gigantic down but also said there really was no other option:
"Discontinuing Gigantic was not an easy decision. The game is a unique and exciting experience that captured many hearts and minds. Unfortunately, it did not resonate with as many players as we’d hoped. Over the last several months, the teams at Motiga and Perfect World looked into viable options to sustain Gigantic. However, the current state of the game has restricted options for further progress and relevant content updates, and delivering basic features while also fixing long-standing issues was more complicated than expected. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to find an impactful solution that would help Gigantic break through in a crowded market."For those who want to play this action MOBA before the shutdown, Motiga is making all of the heroes free. This includes T-MAT, a new hero joining the battle with the January update. Hero Packs and Rubies are no longer purchasable, but those who have leftover currencies can still spend them. Everything in the Shop is now up on discount, and players can still earn Crowns via gameplay. A full breakdown of the January update and the shutdown-related changes to Gigantic can be found courtesy of the update’s official patch notes.
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