Planetside Arena became available in September and right off the bat it went downhill, so Daybreak Games announced the servers will be shutting down.
Planetside Arena launched in early access this September and within a month Daybreak Games laid off an unspecified number of employees, including those that worked on Planetside Arena. Now the studio announced that the game just isn’t working out and as such they will be shutting down servers in January.
"While our team set out with an ambitious vision for a game that combined the massive-scale combat and camaraderie of PlanetSide through a diverse collection of new game modes, it has become clear after several months in Early Access that our population levels make it impossible to sustain the gameplay experience we envisioned," executive producer Andy Sites explained in a post on the game’s website.
"As a result, PlanetSide Arena will formally shut down servers on January 10th, 2020 at 5:00 pm PST. We are actively working with Steam to ensure that all players who made purchases during Early Access will automatically receive a full refund to their Steam Wallet after servers shut down in January."
Anyone that took a look at the game’s stats on Steam Charts isn’t surprised by the news. Planetside Arena had a peak of 1,481 concurrent players, and in the last 24h it had 10. Simply put, nobody is playing it nor played it at all.
This adds Planetside Arena to the list of games that just couldn’t find their place next to PUBG and Fortnite, and to a certain extent Apex. Even some AAA games couldn’t do it, looking at you Battlefield and Call of Duty.
"Thank you again for your loyalty and support during Beta and Early Access. Your feedback was invaluable, and your enduring passion for PlanetSide remains the bedrock our community is built upon. As painful as it is to close this chapter so quickly, we remain deeply committed to this franchise, and look forward to continuing this journey through the PlanetSide Universe with all of you."
Planetside Arena was supposed to be a stepping stone towards Planetside 3, which will be bigger and more detailed than Planetside 2. Still, no news on Planetside 3 and we don’t know how this will impact its development, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed.