Publisher Square Enix and developer PlatinumGames are ending service for Babylon’s Fall on February 27th, 2023 for all platforms. The live service action RPG looter was first revealed in 2018, and since its in March release has failed to capture enough an audience to keep the lights on.
Maligned for its myriad technical woes, muddy presentation, and lackluster level design, Babylon’s Fall also asked for a premium price on top of a full suite of paid microtransactions, which rightly earned it a lot of skepticism and distance from consumers.
While Square Enix and PlatinumGames continued to update the game post-launch, including new content and a NieR Automata crossover, it wasn’t enough to garner a small, yet dedicated player base.
Today, the team posted the following statement to the Hanging Gardens community website, along with the notice that after the service ends on February 27th to take the game offline, you will no longer be able to play the game. All gameplay data on the game servers will be deleted following the termination of service.
Greetings Sentinel Force,
Thank you very much for playing BABYLON’S FALL.
With the desire of delivering an exhilarating online multiplayer action RPG set in an elaborate high fantasy world, we launched the game’s official service on Thursday, March 3, 2022, and have continued to undertake additional development and operations. However, it is with deep regret to inform you that we will be terminating the game’s service on February 27, 2023.
As a result, we will also cancel the large-scale updates that we had planned. In terms of the plan moving forward, Season 2 will run until Tuesday, November 29, 2022, as scheduled, and the Final Season will begin with the maintenance scheduled on the same day. This Final Season is the period during which you can earn the ranking rewards of Season 2.
As a way of expressing our gratitude to all our players, we plan to implement as many events and other initiatives as we can, leading up to the end of the service.
Leading up until today, we received a lot of feedback from all our Sentinels through multiple surveys, official livestreams, our official Discord server and social media channels, which has been a great help to us in the Development and Operations teams. In particular, through our surveys we received a great deal of enthusiastic messages of support alongside keen observations of issues and suggestions for improvement. This really made us feel that we were able to create the world of BABYLON’S FALL together with our players. Despite all of your support, we are truly sad and sorry to say that we will be unable to continue with the game’s service.
We hope you continue to enjoy playing BABYLON’S FALL until the service ends.
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
BABYLON’S FALL Development and Operations Teams
The team also shared a roadmap of the sunset phase:
|Tuesday, September 13, 2022||— Sales of the premium currency Garaz suspended|
— Following the publication of this announcement, sales of the digital version, as well as the physical version on retailer sites, will draw to a close.
|Tuesday, November 29, 2022||— Season 2 ends|
— Sales of Premium Battle Pass end
— Final Season begins
— Final Season Special Rewards
— Rankings – Zenon: Very Hard
— Event Missions 1st Wave
|December 2022||— End-of-Year/New Year Special Rewards|
|January 2023||— Event Missions 2nd Wave|
— Rankings – Ereshkigal: Very Hard
|February 2023||— Event Missions 3rd Wave|
— Quest Boost
|Monday, February 27, 2023 at 11:00 p.m. (PT)||— Service ends|
— “Hanging Garden” player site closes