When United Fronts Games announced a follow-up to their highly entertaining, Hong Kong action movie inspired open world title, fans were pumped. That excitement quickly drained as it was revealed to be a free-to-play online release that focused on various gangs and rivalries throughout Hong Kong.
While it has had a dedicated following of those who continuously played it for the months it has been available, it wasn’t enough to keep the game afloat. Square Enix announced on their forums today that Triad Wars, which went into beta earlier this year, will be shutting down its servers on January 20, 2016.
“Since the start of the Triad Wars Closed Beta this year, diligent Enforcers have run rampant through the streets of Hong Kong, killing rivals and building Empires. 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. That’s 4 weeks from today and over this time we’re going to leave the game up and running for you to continue to enjoy but we will not be accepting any more purchases. To help you enjoy these final 4 weeks we’re going to make Gold available free of charge and we’ll shortly be posting news on the forums about how to deal with refunds of unused Gold. Thank you very much for all the testing, feedback and support!”
The F2P market is a tough space to be apart of, with very few games finding success. Whether United Front Games continues down this road is still unknown, but we’re still anticipating what they have for us next.