While this is nothing new, I've really felt the burn this past year of games falling like flies. Spellbreak, Rumbleverse, Babylon's Fall, Knockout City, Laser League, Lemnis Gate, Gundam Evolution. I could go on and on and on.
The thing is, some of these games are great. But the servers go down and you can't play anything. The games are lost forever.
I understand that service games are hoping to run on mobile game monetization with lootboxes, cosmetics, maybe pay to skip content. But why have so many studios failed to have any exit plan.
To their credit, in the ones listed above, two did. Spellbreak released the entire game server code on itch.io and fans can host their own. KO City did something similar with all skins unlocked. Capcom might be one of the few firsts to take a mobile game shutdown and sell it as a complete package (megaman x dive offline, coming in a few months).
Do you play and support any current live service games? Have you made peace with the fact that you'll have nothing when it all ends? What can we do to encourage a change in the industry?