"With Heavy Hearts, We Announce the Sunset of Free Realms" says Sony Online Entertainment. 'Sunsetting' is of course Bullshitish for 'closing it because it's not making cash'. And there is more...
Othe MMOs are also 'sunsetting' on March 31st 2014. These are: Free Realms
, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes
and Wizardry Online
. The Free realms announcement
has truly been a labor of love for SOE (even our own president’s kids are huge fans and active players of the game!)' and 'In a nutshell, the game has reached a stage in its life cycle where players are growing up and moving on to other games'... (e.g. No one is playing it).
The Clone Wars announcement
reads: "It is with sadness that I announce the news that Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures will end March 31, 2014. We’ve had many incredible experiences with you over the years. We’ve fought epic battles and made unbelievable memories. It was a very difficult decision to make, but we knew this day would come eventually."
In other related news, IGN
reports that, "Sony has announced that it will offer its PC MMO players a single subscription model covering multiple titles from April.
"Called All Access, the programme will offer a range of benefits and discounts for $14.99 a month, though this amount can be reduced if you tie yourself into a longer plan. These include 500 Station Cash each month from within game marketplaces, a 10% discount on marketplace purchases and exclusive promotions.
"Free-to-play members will still be able to play games without paying for them and the new consolidated payment options are only available on PC right now."
There go then.