Canadian developer Digital Extremes has announced that it is putting its multiplayer online shooter, The Amazing Eternals, on the shelf indefinitely.
The 'pause' in development was announced on the games' forum earlier today. The project was not performing how the developer would have liked during closed beta and there were concerns over the market for online shooters at present.
Writing on the forum, the team said: "After many discussions internally on the state of The Amazing Eternals, we have decided to hit the pause button on development at this time. This decision didn’t come lightly. We worked hard to make a game that we are proud to say was shaping up to have great potential. However, we took an honest look at the current gaming landscape and how the game was performing in Closed Beta. Unfortunately, the game wasn’t attracting players fast enough to support a viable matchmaking player base with the current game design direction, which is the lifeblood of this type of game. So, with heavy hearts, we’re taking a step back to reevaluate the design and may revisit our intrepid heroes in the future."
The online multiplayer shooter market at the moment is seeing some great success stories like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and the rise in popularity of the Battle Royale genre of game. However, that has left the more traditional shooter a bit out of favour. Cliff Bleszinski's LawBreakers, developed under Boss Key Productions is one title that has failed so far to gain an audience.
Thankfully, this story has a slightly better end than most terminated games projects as players are going to be refunded and the team will suffer no redundancies or losses as they move on to other Digital Extremes projects.
"The official forums and Discord will remain live indefinitely for players who want to stay in contact with each other, and the entire development team will remain with Digital Extremes and transition to Warframe development, so if you’re a Warframe player, you may still see us around.
"This was a hard decision to make, and we can’t thank you enough for your incredible support throughout development. The Amazing Eternals will live on through all of you who were there to make it happen."