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Gigantic gets final update, shutting down in July

Developer says the game ‘did not resonate with as many players as we’d hoped’

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Gigantic, the stylized third-person action game from Motiga and Perfect World, will shut down at the end of July, the developer announced today. The decision to shut down the MOBA/hero shooter was announced alongside the game’s final content update.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the January Update is the final content update for Gigantic, and the game servers will be discontinued on July 31, 2018,” Motiga said on the game’s website.

While the Windows PC and Xbox One game received mostly positive reviews, Gigantic apparently couldn’t find a wide enough audience to sustain itself.

“Discontinuing Gigantic was not an easy decision,” Motiga said. “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.”

Gigantic publisher Perfect World announced in November that the studio had laid off most of the team working on the title. A skeleton crew has been maintaining and updating Gigantic since then.

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