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Developer Motiga has announced that Gigantic, its colourful, free-to-play MOBA-meets-hero-shooter, will shut down on July 31st this year.

The news comes via the official Gigantic blog, which confirmed that the game's most recent update would also be its last. "The journey over these last few years was met with outstanding support from our players", it said, "and we are all very proud of the incredible experience Gigantic is today".

"Discontinuing Gigantic was not an easy decision", the post continued, "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."

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The cosmic ballet continues: just as MOBAs replaced MMOs in the popular consciousness, now battle royale games are flavour of the year, and sadly that, together with general multiplayer market saturation, means casualties.

Not even a week ago, Epic’s MOBA/shooter hybrid Paragon faced the axe, and now that same is true of Gigantic. Motiga’s monstery multiplayer game was another lane-runner/face-shooter combo, and one whose development was lead by ex-StarCraft lead designer James Phinney. If you want to have a ball with it, you’ve got until July, when it’s walked off into a shady place forever. (more…)

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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. The journey over these last few years was met with outstanding support from our players and we are all very proud of the incredible experience Gigantic is today. The team wants to give a big shout out to our awesome community - both those who have been with us since the beginning as well as those who just picked up the game recently. We want to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who gave Gigantic a chance.

For all the amazing folks who continue to play and show passion for Gigantic, all Heroes will be FREE as the purchasing of Rubies and Hero Packs have been disabled. This includes our newest hero, T-Mat! Currency will still be rewarded in-game, and any Crowns or Rubies gained by an account will remain available to purchase Shop items at discounted prices. You can read more in our More details on all the changes can be found in our January Patch Notes.

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.

Gigantic remains a labor of love to the Motiga and Perfect World teams who worked on the game. It pains us to let it go, and we cannot thank everyone enough who saw something special in Gigantic and its vision. We hope you continue to enjoy Gigantic until July 31st while the official servers remain online.

One last GIGANTIC thank you to our amazing community, and while the sails are up, we’ll see you on the airship!
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Gigantic, the free-to-play MOBA-hero shooter crossover that launched in mid-2017, will come to the end of its run on July 31. Publisher Perfect World said the game enjoyed "outstanding support" from an "awesome community," but in the end that community wasn't big enough to keep the wheels turning. 

"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," Perfect World wrote.   

"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." 

One of the reasons that Perfect World found the ongoing development of Gigantic so challenging could be the fact that it pulled the plug on the developer, Motiga, in November 2017. Motiga CEO Chris Chung said at the time that "Gigantic was not making enough revenue" to justify the studio's continued existence, and while a small number of developers were kept around to continue supporting the game, the writing was clearly on the wall. 

Rubies and Hero Packs can no longer be purchased, but all Heroes will be free for the remainder of Gigantic's uptime, including the newest addition, T-Mat, who was just introduced in the January update. Any existing Rubies and Crowns will remain in player accounts for use in the now-discounted Gigantic Shop, and currency will be awarded in-game as usual.   

The closure, announced less than a week after Epic confirmed the coming shutdown of Paragon, is an unfortunate end to a game that faced numerous challenges during its development period and showed real promise when it finally released. But even then we noted that "it's not clear if the sacrifices of its developers will ever pay off," and the player numbers on Steam tell the tale: The average concurrent player count has been in the low hundreds since October 2017, and currently sits at just 167.     

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We are excited to release The Infernal Hunt update for Gigantic! This update introduces Gigantic's newest Creature family, the Infernal!

Along with the new creature, our November release brings another round of balance changes, savage Demon Hunter themed weapons, and some astounding skins for some of your favorite Heroes!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnCJJpXRDUU

More details on all the changes can be found in the Official Gigantic Update Blog. Give them a read to get ahead of the competition, and we'll see you on the airship!
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The owners of Torchlight developers Runic Games, the Chinese free-to-play-focused publisher Perfect World Entertainment, confirmed today that it has shut down Runic’s Seattle studio. Seeing as that’s Runic’s only studio, er, that’s them basically gone – though their games will live on. This comes barely one month after Runic released Hob.

Perfect World have also laid off most the team at Motiga, the studio behind Gigantic – which only launched in July. Perfect World say these are unconnected but sheesh, not a good week to be owned by Perfect World. (more…)

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Update: Publisher Perfect World addressed Motiga's closure in a statement to Kotaku:

"Following the news that Motiga has reduced the staff of its studio, Perfect World Entertainment can confirm that as the publisher of Gigantic, the game will continue to be available on our platforms. A core team of developers remains at Motiga, who will work with us to support the game and its players, including moving full steam ahead with the upcoming November update and future content. We cannot thank everyone enough for their contributions in making Gigantic the outstanding experience it is today."

The publisher also confirmed the closure of Torchlight and Hob developer Runic Games, which you can learn more about here. Perfect World says "The staff reduction at Motiga and the closure of Runic Games Seattle were unrelated."

Original story:

Motiga, developer of free-to-play hero shooter Gigantic, nearly shut down last year when boss Chris Chung gathered all 75 employees and told them that the studio had run out of money. But the team showed up to work regardless, and soldiered on until publisher Perfect Games swooped in to acquire the company. Unfortunately, Perfect Games has now decided that the developer isn't profitable enough, and has closed Motiga's doors once and for all.

That's according to Motiga chief executive Chris Chung, who told Destructoid: "It was a budgetary decision at the highest level. Perfect World as a public company has a profitability goal and they decided to cut parts of the company that were not profitable. In short, Gigantic was not making enough revenue."

It's not clear exactly how many staff are affected—the image at the top of this article, tweeted by a former employee, shows nearly 100 people. A handful will remain to maintain Gigantic "until some time in the future when it doesn't make sense anymore", Chung said.

He added: "Today was a tough day for all of us who have been part of this extraordinary journey. We wish the best for everyone that were impacted and we will do everything we can to help them find a new home." 

It might not be the last we hear of it, either. Chung said that "Motiga is not the only Perfect World studio being impacted by the decision". Perfect World has a number of subsidiary developers: in 2010 it acquired a majority stake in Torchlight and Hob developer Runic Games, and it also owns Cryptic Studios, developer of City of Heroes and Star Trek Online. 

Perfect World has not yet broken its silence on the matter.

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We are excited to release Season of Souls, the October update for Gigantic! The latest release introduces Gigantic's newest Hero, Ezren Ghal - a mid-ranged caster who steals the souls of his enemies to restore life and cast powerful spells.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f8jjUQ0ysQ

Along with Ezren Ghal, Season of Souls brings a ton of new features, matchmaking improvements, and fixes based on the feedback you've provided since launch. For this update, the biggest additions include the new Ember Grove battleground, player profile icons, Hero Confirm text chat, and voice over interactions.

More details on all the changes can be found in the Official Gigantic Update Blog. Give them a read to get ahead of the competition, and we'll see you on the airship!
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Episode 12 of This Week In Gigantic is out! We're pretty excited for Rutger and the new content we have in store.

https://youtu.be/p6r9zezH9gM
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Greeting Gigantic Fans!

We’re excited to announce that our September update is now live and it introduces Gigantic’s 21st hero to the roster, Rutger! He’s an ancient warden who will protect the land by using the terrain to his advantage on the battleground.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1--EiVR400

Alongside Rutger, the September build is going to include a handful of brand new features, bug fixes, and summoning creatures to fight alongside you in battle. Quite a few of your favorite heroes are getting some balance changes in the September update as well.

We’ve unlocked a brand new pack that Gigantic fans can pick up which will feature new monk themed skins for some of the heroes as well as the brand new Stone Cerberus that is releasing later this month. Read the further details below and get ready to jump back into action!

Read the full list of hero changes on the Official Gigantic Blog!
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