Creative Assembly is closing down Total War Arena in February 2019.
The final date Arena will be playable is 10am GMT on February 22nd, 2019. In an update on the official website (thanks GamesIndustry.biz), Creative Assembly’s Joshua Williams said "the game didn’t meet the expectations either Wargaming or Creative Assembly had for the title" during the game’s open beta, and "it was decided to bring development to an end".
"Arena has been on a long journey, and we are thankful to everyone who joined us," Williams said. "We have learned so much during the development of Arena and we have grown incredibly close with the community and involved you deeply into our development process. It has been an absolute privilege to work with you all on this project, but unfortunately the results of Arena Open Beta Test did not meet all our expectations.
"To you, the players and community, I have been inspired by your passion, your commitment and your continued valuable insight," Williams added. "Your input and encouragement have been instrumental to the game’s development. I cannot emphasize enough how much we have enjoyed working and playing with you all, and I know that we will greatly miss speaking with you online, debating your feedback, and fighting alongside you on the battlefield."
From today, players will not be able to purchase anything from the Total War: Arena Premium Shop, and no new players will be able to start playing Arena. There will also be no more patches or updates from this point.
To soften the blow, CA is offering a "free piece of Total War content to all players of Arena on the Wargaming Game Center" and can choose from one of the following four options; Total War: Medieval II – Definitive Edition, Hannibal at the Gates (Total War: Rome II DLC), Age of Charlemagne (Total War: Attila DLC) or Grim and the Grave (Total War: Warhammer DLC).
In a preemptive Q&A question, Williams said the company was not moving away from multiplayer-focused games, and confirmed Creative Assembly is "still committed to exploring high-quality multiplayer experiences and will continue to do so".