Iron Galaxy’s “Brawler Royale” Rumbleverse will be retired in February
Iron Galaxy Studios has announced that its free-to-play Brawler Royale game Rumbleverse will be retiring on February 28th, just over six months after launch.
Iron Galaxy first announced Rumbleverse towards the end of 2021, describing the 40-person melee-focused battle royale game as “a big, hilarious playground where spectacular things are always happening.” It was originally slated to launch last February, but ultimately didn’t arrive until August 18 after the studio decided to go for it delay its publication to “perfect the experience”.
Now, just six months later, Iron Galaxy and publisher Epic Games announced the end of Rumbleverse, which confirms the servers will go offline on February 28th at 4pm UK/10am CST. All players who have spent money on or in Rumbleverse are eligible for a refund. More details on the refund process will be announced at a later date.
Rumbleverse closure steps begin today with the closure of the in-game store. In addition, the current Battle Pass is granted to everyone, XP gains are doubled, and additional accessories and emotes have been unlocked for free.
“There’s still fun we can have together before the sun goes down in Grapital City,” Iron Galaxy said in its closure announcement. “The remaining weeks will be an opportunity to celebrate the fighting spirit you brought to this game.”
In a separate, more reflective Open letter to the playersIron Galaxy wrote, “When you work on a video game, imagine the community that will one day show up to play it. For years we have dreamed of a vibrant city full of people struggling to become a champion, a vibrant place that celebrated the spirit of competition. Our goal was to bring back the joy of online multiplayer gaming.”
“The people who have given Rumbleverse a chance and embraced it as a new hobby confirm every day that we bring our ideas to life,” the developer continued. “We loved watching you play. We have learned from your stories and insights.
Interestingly, Iron Galaxy suggests that Rumbleverse may still live on in some form, writing, “It is our sincere hope that this news does not mark the end of Rumbleverse. You may not have seen the Rumble in its final form. When we can welcome folks back onto the deck of the barge, we hope you’re there, laced up and ready to take your rightful place in the cannon.
“Iron Galaxy will continue to develop games,” it concluded. “It is our passion and our goal. Our people are full of skills and inspiration to keep the world running. Thank you for playing. This isn’t the last you’ll hear from us. This isn’t the last time we invite you to play.”
https://www.eurogamer.net/iron-galaxys-brawler-royale-rumbleverse-shutting-down-six-months-after-launch Iron Galaxy’s “Brawler Royale” Rumbleverse will be retired in February