A statement on the official site claims that the decision was reached following the failure to agree contract renewal terms with the game’s Korean developer CCR, resulting in Codemasters losing the rights to operate the serive in the West.
Existing players are urged to use up any game credits still tied to their accounts before the deadline, and has also suspended the purchasing of new credits, as well as the creation of new accounts.
The statement adds: “RF Online was Codemasters Online's first MMO service and we have been very proud of its development and success during its three years of existence. It was also one of the first Eastern-style MMORPGs to ever make it to Western market and do well and it's with much fondness that we look back and remember these achievements.
“We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who declared their allegiance and gave us their support with RF Online over the past few years and especially, to thank all the players who spent countless hours with us in Novus.”