Total War Arena, the free-to-play multiplayer RTS spin-off of Creative Assembly’s popular series, is being shut down, the developer has announced.

The reason for the shutdown is pretty simple. According to a statement from Creative Assembly: “Unfortunately, during the open beta, the game didn’t meet the expectations either Wargaming or Creative Assembly had for the title, and it was decided to bring development to an end.”

Currently, in Beta, it seems the game just didn’t get enough players to warrant the game fully launching, which at the end of the day, is the point of Betas, I guess, right?

Total War Arena has actually been available to play for some time in Alpha, but only really launched into a free-to-play beta earlier this year. The game was set to offer a free way of players to play Total War’s trademark gameplay against other players.

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“I would like to take a moment to thank the Arena team, who have poured their heart and soul into this game’s development and are just as disappointed by this as you,” The Creative Assembly said.

As Total War Arena was published by Wargaming, as a thank you to players, Creative Assembly is offering a handful of Total War content via Wargaming Game Center. Players will be able to choose from Total War: Medieval 2 – Definitive Edition, Hannibal At the Gates DLC for Total War: Rome 2, Age of Charlemange DLC for Total War Attila, or the Grim and the Grave DLC for Total War: Warhammer.

Wargaming themselves are also tossing in 30 days of Premium Account time for those who put more than 100 or more battles in Arena during the game’s Open Beta.

Total War Arena‘s open beta is expected to last until February 22, 2019.

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