Triad Wars, a free-to-play open world online multiplayer video game that was to be a successor to Sleeping Dogs, is closing for good. The game, which was being developed by United Front Games (Sleeping Dogs, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for Xbox One) and Square Enix London Studios with Square Enix as the publisher, was originally announced in late 2013 and unveiled in September of 2014. The Beta started in early 2015, and with the announcement of the closure, will end in January of 2016 with refunds being offered to players that purchased Gold in-game.
Oddly enough, the announcement comes 5 days after Triad Wars' Community Manager, Iain, announced his departure with promises of "super exciting announcements coming in the New Year." Based on the announcement of the closure, it would seem that the game wasn't what players were looking for, and John from United Front Games offered some details to players on when the game would close:
During this time we have gathered immense amounts of feedback, information, and data on the game. We’ve loved seeing how you’ve played Triad Wars but we know it wasn’t right for many of you so we’re letting you know today that we are going to close the beta and service on January 20th 2016 at 12 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
The developers also mentioned that Gold is being made free for all players until the close of the game in order to fully experience it, as no further purchases are being accepted. For players that recently purchased Gold in Triad Wars, refunds are being offered, although only for players that made purchases during December of 2015 - not before. Players looking for a refund should email email@example.com to get help with processing their refund(s).
Triad Wars will close for good on January 20th, with no signs from the developers that the game will be revived in the future - and the previous statement that the close of the Beta would see no character wipe reinforces this a bit. With players announcing their displeasure at the sudden announcement, we're sure to get more details on the game's closure soon, especially with the lack of details in today's news.