Splash Damage halts live development of Dirty Bomb

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Splash Damage has announced that it is ending live development and update support for its free-to-play online first-person shooter Dirty Bomb.

In a blogpost, the Bromley-based developer said: “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. After regaining publishing rights for DB nearly two years ago, we staffed up a load of developers and tried our best to deliver a Dirty Bomb experience that would be feature-rich with tons of new content, while maintaining its great gameplay feel & balance. Unfortunately, despite all the added time and resources, there were some challenges we couldn’t overcome, and we were not able to make DB the success that we hoped it could be. The bottom line is that we can’t financially justify continuing to work on the game we love.” 

The blogpost continues, to reveal that Splash Damage will refund paid-for DLC: “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. We know many of you love DB and still play it religiously, so we will keep servers up for you to enjoy, as long as there are a meaningful number of players using them in the supported regions.”

And it raises the prospect of future projects from Splash Damage: “The future is bright at Splash Damage, we have many announced and unannounced titles in production that we can’t wait to work with you on!” You can keep abreast of further news via Splash Damage’s website.

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