Hi-Rez Studios and developer Evil Mojo have announced that the Switch version of hero shooter Paladins is being delisted. As of today, the game is no longer available to download via the eShop, and you can't buy content within Paladins either. Support will continue for a couple more months, but it'll be discontinued in summer.
In a blog post on the official Paladins website, Evil Mojo says that the Midnight Masquerade update will be the final update that Paladins receives on Switch. The studio attributes its decision to the performance of the Switch port not being "up to our or community standards" and says that it's "unable to provide support at the level [its] community deserves".
Evil Mojo says it spent "countless hours" working on problems that were specific to Paladins on Switch, but this caused "frequent challenges" that prevented Paladins from being as good as it could be on Nintendo's platform. As a result, attention will now be shifted onto other platforms, which will give Evil Mojo "more flexibility" and allow the studio to "better focus" on those platforms.
Paladins is sticking around on Switch for a couple more months, though. Evil Mojo says that it will continue to support its game on Switch "until the release of the following update in late June", meaning the one after Midnight Masquerade. From that point onward, however, the game will be "inaccessible" on Switch. Evil Mojo says it strongly recommends you "switch" (ahem) to another platform.
This is the second Switch game Hi-Rez has delisted in as many weeks. Last week, the publisher announced that Rogue Company will lose support on Switch in June, for much the same reason as Paladins; the port isn't up to scratch and Hi-Rez couldn't provide "the level of support our players deserve".
The timing of this announcement is pretty fortuitous for Hi-Rez and Evil Mojo, of course, since there's a Nintendo Indie World showcase on the way later that should take the focus away from this bad news somewhat. Stay tuned for more news on the ongoing state of Switch live-service games.