Dirty Bomb’s publisher Splash Damage has announced they will no longer be releasing new content, due to poor player numbers. At present they intend to keep the servers up and running, as long as there is enough demand to do so. Just don’t expect any new mercenaries, maps or events.
Dirty Bomb released in the face of fierce competition
If I’m honest I expected this to come much sooner. Dirty Bomb released in a period with a lot of hardcore competition. The release of Overwatch really didn’t help things. It had a brief period of hype which then fizzled out.
Well under 1,000 people left playing Dirty Bomb
After repeated attempts to make Dirty Bomb successful, in the end it simply didn’t work out. Looking at Steam, we can see just under 700 people playing. If you look at other free to play games, the player counts are vastly different. World of Tanks for instance has 55,000 players on the EU servers alone.
Splash Damage released a statement:
“We’re sorry for the recent radio silence. You deserve better and we haven’t been there for you. It has been a challenging couple of months full of sensitive decisions that we had to make regarding the future of Dirty Bomb. It’s with a heavy heart that, after a bug fix build ships in the upcoming weeks, we will be ending live development and updates on Dirty Bomb.”
If you purchased the All Merc Pack you will be getting a refund directly into your Steam account
“Since we won’t be releasing any additional Mercenaries, we’re going to refund the All Merc Pack DLC to everyone who purchased it by January 31st, 2019 – the money you spent will go back in your Steam wallet and the unlocked Mercs will remain in your account.”