Motiga, the studio behind free-to-play MOBA Gigantic, has announced it will permanently switch off the game servers in a matter of months.
Explaining the decision in a blog post on the game's website, Motiga said that it was "unable to find an impactful solution that would help Gigantic break through in a crowded market."
Less than four years ago, Motiga received $20 million in funding towards the development of Gigantic. However, since then the beleaguered studio has been subject to multiple redundancies, the latest of which saw parent company Perfect World reduce the team down to just core staff in November last year.
"Discontinuing Gigantic was not an easy decision," said the developer. "The game is a unique and exciting experience that captured many hearts and minds. Unfortunately, it did not resonate with as many players as we'd hoped.
"Over the last several months, the teams at Motiga and Perfect World looked into viable options to sustain Gigantic. However, the current state of the game has restricted options for further progress and relevant content updates, and delivering basic features while also fixing long-standing issues was more complicated than expected."
Motiga thanked fans and detailed the closing down process which will see a final content update before switching off the servers on July 31, 2018. Additionally, all heroes will be made available for free, and real-money purchases will be disabled.