Another game is being released as a service on PS5
There’s another PS5 title you can add to the ever-growing list of games as a service wasteland has created over the past few months: Bloodhunt. Released for PS5 just over a year ago, developer Sharkmob has announced that it will no longer support the Battle Royale game or creating any other content for it. The studio stated that the online servers will remain operational at least as long as we have an active player base and community.
To combat the lack of upcoming content, an update will be deployed to include a user voting system that allows the community to choose which items should be unlocked next. Then, on September 26, 2023, the ability to purchase Bloodhunt’s premium currency — known as tokens — will be discontinued. “Before this happens, we will implement a way to more easily earn in-game tokens so that players can continue to play and unlock cosmetics after this date.” Apart from these two patches, future updates will only be related to game maintenance.
Sharkmob says it is moving on from the title because it “has not reached the critical mass needed to sustain development. Because of this we have made the decision to halt further development of Bloodhunt.” In fact, even if a live service title manages to generate a bit of buzz, a lot of the time it can be difficult to sustain the popularity to the point where it can financially support an entire studio. The likes of Fortnite and Warzone 2 have always been the exception.
“While we are as sad as you that Bloodhunt development has now ended, please know that it was a difficult decision to make, and we take this experience with us into the development of future games,” SharkMob signed off. Of course, this is a sector that Sony plans to expand into in a big way in the coming years, with 10 live service games planned.
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