MultiVersus, the multiplayer platform fighting game from Warner Bros. and Player First Games, will be pulled from digital stores on April 4 and will go offline in June – meaning it will become largely unplayable. The developer announced on Monday that it is pausing updates and taking the game offline for a relaunch of MultiVersuswhich is scheduled for early 2024.
Tony Huynh, co-founder and CEO of Player First Games, announced the temporary closure of MultiVersus in an update on the game’s website. It’s the first official update Player First has delivered since November, when the developer brought Marvin the Martian and Season 2 content to the game. Since then, the game’s remaining players have been largely in the dark about the fate of MultiVersus and are desperate for new content. Huynh addressed the game’s noticeable lack of updates in his announcement.
“We know there’s still a lot of work to be done,” he said. “As a result, we have a clearer picture of what we need to focus on, especially the content cadence of new characters, maps and modes to give you more ways to enjoy the game along with updated netcode and more matchmaking improvements . We’ll also be reworking the progression system based on your feedback and looking at new ways to connect with your in-game friends.
“To do this the right way, we close the MultiVersus Open beta on June 25, 2023. As part of this process, we are pausing updates and taking the game offline as we prepare for the launch of MultiVersuswhich we are aiming for early 2024.”
During that window from June to early 2024, MultiVersus players can only access the game’s offline modes: the training room (aka The Lab) and local matches.
We know this news can be disappointing, but rest assured, MultiVersus will be back,” Huynh said. “We’ll also make sure all your progress and content will carry over when MultiVersus returns next year, with a variety of new content, features and modes.”
MultiVersus launched in July 2022, and Warner Bros. and Player First have since referred to the game as an “open beta”. However, that fact is not highly promoted in digital game stores, and players who have invested money in the free-to-play game are probably wondering if they can get their money back. According to a FAQ posted by Player First, that seems unlikely. From the developer:
What happens to previously earned or purchased in-game content after the Open Beta ends?
All progress and previously earned or purchased content will carry over MultiVersus will return in early 2024. This includes unused Gleamium, Battle Pass tokens, character tickets and other in-game items – all content will carry over to the game next year.
Are refunds available for previously purchased content?
This announcement does not change the current refund policy or terms and conditions offered by the store(s) where Founder’s Packs or Gleamium bundles were purchased. For more information, visit the customer support pages for Play station, Xbox, Steam And Epic games. In addition, refunds are not available due to the closure of the Open Beta. However, all progress and previously earned or purchased content will carry over when transferred MultiVersus will return in early 2024.
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