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Total War: Arena is shutting down after a disappointing open beta

Joshua Williams head of Creative Assembly’s communications department post an article stating that the open beta didn’t perform and meet the studio’s expectations. The game will officially close down February 2019.

ARENA has been on a long journey, and we are thankful to everyone who joined us. We have learned so much during the development of ARENA and we have grown incredibly close with the community and involved you deeply into our development process. It has been an absolute privilege to work with you all on this project, but unfortunately the results of ARENA Open Beta Test did not meet all our expectations.

Staff will still be working on other Total War products so it isn’t the end but hopefully a lesson.

For fans of the series there is some good news in that those working on Total War: Arena will continue working on other Total War products. It is a shame but I am interested to see what they do with the Total War brand.

I have to admit I never actually played Total War: Arena, so I cannot confidently comment where it went wrong, and what they should have changed. The current gaming landscape doesn’t really have much room for real time strategy (RTS) games. Starcraft 2 was by far the most popular esports title, but the last decade saw this rapidly decline. Add on to that the huge numbers PUBG and Fortnite have, it must have eaten away from new potential players.

There is a little parting gift from Creative Assembly which gives you a choice from the following games/DLC:
Total War: MEDIEVAL II – Definitive Edition
• Hannibal at the Gates (Total War: ROME II DLC)
• Age of Charlemagne (Total War: ATTILA DLC)
• Grim and the Grave (Total War: WARHAMMER DLC)

Also if you have played 100 battles in Total War: Arena, you will get 30 days of premium account time for World of Tanks, World of Warships and World of Warplanes.

You can view the full post regarding this closure and how to claim your free game/DLC here

As always we love to hear what are readers think, what they would of changed/done differently. Does this closure bother you? We look forward to hearing your thoughts and feelings on this story.

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