Creative Assembly have just announced that Total War: Arena will be shutting its doors for good after just one year on the market, having failed to fulfill the company's expectations. There's free gifts involved too, if you're interested.
According to the announcement, the game failed to meet the expectations of both Creative Assembly and Wargaming, prompting them to pull the plug. Today's patch will be the last one and the game will be shutting down on 22 February 2019 at 10:00 GMT.
Of course, there's still a few months to go until then but Total War: Arena will not be accepting new players. The existing ones are likely to experience higher matchmaking times, which Creative Assembly tried to compensate for by loosening up the matchmaking algorithm.
Moreover, stats differences between tiers have been slashed by about 20 per cent, so that matchmaking doesn't ruin your day when pitting you against some much higher tiers, which it probably will. Total War: Arena's matchmaking tier bands are down from 6 to 4 as well, so have fun while it lasts.
As a reward for players who stuck with the game, Creative Assembly are giving players a choice of one of four gifts - Total War: Medieval 2 - Definitive Edition, Rome 2's DLC Hannibal at the Gates, Attila's DLC Age of Charlemagne and TW: Warhammer's DLC Grim and the Grave. You can pick your poison from the game itself although, as we've said already, you had to have played it before to be eligible.
Additionally, Total War: Arena players who played upwards of 100 battles and happen to play World of Tanks, World of Warplanes or World of Warships will be getting 30 days of premium account time. You can choose to carry over any unspent gold and/or premium time to the World of games.
Total War: Arena launched in February 2018 as Creative Assembly's first free to play title, but the model obviously didn't do as well as it did for Wargaming's offer.
You can find Creative Assembly's announcement here.