Well folks, you can’t make this shit up. Wargaming is pulling the plug on Total War Arena after only 9 months in action. Yep, 9 months. That’s it.
Now, I’m sure all the Warfailing apologist will come out of the wood work saying such stupid shit as “they make enough money they don’t need it” or “it was Creative Assembly’s fault” or some other ridiculous shit.
So let’s take a look around at what the majority of internet folks are saying, shall we?
First off, there’s this:
According to Google, the game was pretty well liked. Over on Steam, it seemed pretty well liked as well. So what was the problem?
Well, when you trust Wargaming to promote something, you’ve really screwed yourself right in the ass. Right about the time Creative Assembly was making the deal with Warfailing to promote this game, Wargaming was busy shutting down every office it could and handing over 500 people their pink slips.
So that left a situation sort of like this:
Check out those news feeds, folks!
- November 3rd, 2017 there’s news.
- November 24th, 2017 there’s news.
- February 22nd, 2018, the game goes live and there’s news.
After that there isn’t shit. Why? Because about the exact same time Wargaming was trying to launch this game, they were in the middle of shutting down everything else and laying off everybody. That of course left pretty much nobody left to promote and keep up with the game.
I mean, we all remember it was February right before launch that they sent that fat ass Dance210 over to run the Total War Arena forum, right? And she did exactly fuck-all…except change her forum avatar and that was about it.
Three weeks later, she was shit canned.
Let’s take a look at the face of the Total War Arena forum, shall we?
That’s interesting, isn’t it? Not really much to it. Still though, lots of members, a good deal of posting going on, but look at all the last posts dates. They’re all on the same day the game launched, which is about the same exact time the Emeryville office was shut down.
And here, folks, is the last post made by the only faceless admin there:
So they fucking killed the forum the day the game actually went live.
Fucking epic, isn’t it?
You know what that means, don’t you? They had Creative Assembly’s money to promote the game already, and since they have been flat out hemorrhaging money for the last 3 years, they figured “fuck it”. We’ll shut down everything, fire everybody, and keep the money.
And that’s exactly what they fucking did. They intentionally killed Total War Arena to save money. That’s all there is to it.
So what is Creative Assembly saying? Well, they kept it short and sweet with Joshua Williams saying only this:
“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.”
That’s pretty harsh considering it was only given 9 months to live. Shit must have been pretty fucking bad. In fact, here’s what I’m willing to bet Joshua ACTUALLY wanted to say:
“We thought we had hired a powerhouse promoter in Wargaming and were sold a bill of goods that with their promotion and expertise in the free-to-play model that we’d have a very successful product. Sadly, what we found out is that they’re a bunch of incompetent assholes that can no longer build a good case of hemorrhoids anymore, let alone a brand. So rather than continue to throw good money after bad, especially knowing that all they’re going to do with it is make payments on their multi-million dollar houses rather than actually promote the game, we are pulling the plug.”
Yeah. I’m thinking that’s really a shit load closer to what really went down.
Don’t think so? Well, you’re fucking wrong.
To date, every Total War game made since 2006 is still going. In fact, I still play Medieval Total War and Shogun II Total War from time to time. No problem.
The ONLY Total War to EVER fail, let alone fail completely in 9 months: Promoted by Wargaming.
Add Wargaming = instant failure. That’s all there is to it. It’s fucking pathetic.
How it’s not actually criminal is anybody’s guess.