Dead Island Epidemic is to shut down its servers and close its door next month despite never leaving Early Access, Deep Silver has announced.
The servers will be switched off after October 15 at which point the free-to-play game will no longer be available. Since it is a F2P game with microtransactions, Deep Silver have reduced the price greatly on all characters and boosts so that anyone who has left over currency can spend it on anything they want before the game closes.
No reason was given for why development has been ceased for the MOBA which entered closed beta testing back in 2013. Dead Island Epidemic has never officially launched, having entered Early Access in 2014 and going into an open beta back in December 2014.
In a statement posted on Steam, Deep Silver stated,”Ever since starting with the Closed Alpha, and all the way through the Closed Beta and Open Beta, we’ve received a great amount of useful criticism and encouraging feedback from our players, this has been invaluable for all the teams involved in developing the game.
“Over the past weeks and months we’ve been evaluating how to proceed with Dead Island: Epidemic and looking towards the future for the game. We’re sad to announce today that we’ve come to the conclusion to cease further development. ”
They added, “We will be leaving the servers open until the end of October 15th (Pacific Time), during which time we’ll run a very large discount on all characters and boosts to give everyone a chance to spend any remaining currency on characters and items you may have wanted to try before, but never did. ”