One year after the game’s release, Square Enix will cease all further development and maintenance of Babylon’s Fall.
After its March release, Babylon’s Fall has less than 10 Steam users. The game will be withdrawn on February 28, 2023, and digital and physical sales will end tonight, September 13.
After that date, Babylon’s Fall will no longer be playable whether you bought it or not. All in-game progress and purchases will be lost.
Predestined to fail
Square Enix has delayed several large-scale upgrades, but the company promises to offer fresh content and a final season before the game is retired. Square Enix said “changes may be made at any time and without notice.”
According to Square Enix, Season 2 will end as scheduled on November 29, 2022, and the Final Season will begin with maintenance on the same day. Final Season players win Season 2 ranking honours.
“We aim to do as many events and activities as possible before the service ends to thank our players.”
Despite lacklustre launch sales and player base, Square Enix said in March it had “no plans to scale back Babylon’s Fall.” They wanted to “provide fresh material and make adjustments” to attract new players, but they were already planning Season 3, the game’s final seasonal update.
Babylon’s Fall was Square Enix’s next live service, produced alongside PlatinumGames. Microtransactions, an in-game currency, and seasonal updates were part of the game’s inaugural release as creators prepared for long-term support. All the planning and development seemed needless at this moment.
Those who liked the game will be devastated by its demise. If you spent $59.99 / £59.99 / AU$99.95 for Babylon’s Fall, you’ll be unhappy next February.
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Its fate won’t likely surprise you. A live service game’s long-term viability depends on a loyal player base who returns for fresh updates. Babylon’s Fall’s economic strategy looks to have failed owing to lack of player support. Square Enix hasn’t even matched Battlefield 2042’s Season 1 success.