Robot Entertainment have come out with some sad news for their fans as Orcs Must Die! Unchained, Hero Academy and Hero Academy 2 will be shutting their doors come 08 April 2018, as neither of the games attracted a large enough playerbase.
"It's painful to even write this. We are sorry to say that we will be closing down Orcs Must Die! Unchained, Hero Academy, and Hero Academy 2", the company wrote, explaining that they couldn't find a way to make the games sustainable.
In fact, Robot Entertainment claim they've "kept these games operating at a financial loss for many months" but that time has come to cut their losses and direct their investments elsewhere. Of course, there are still three months left before Orcs finally shut down, so players have plenty of time to say their goodbyes.
Robot Entertainment will sweeten this deal somewhat as all players "will receive a substantial free grant of hard and soft currencies to enjoy the remaining weeks of live play." The grants should be on players' accounts within the next 24 hours so the company called for patience if they don't seem to get them right away.
CEO of Robot Entertainment Patrick Hudson said, "All of us at Robot would like to thank everyone who has played one of these games. We've loved interacting with you in game, on our forums, and at places like PAX. We hope you give us the opportunity to join you again in our future games."
Ors Must Die! Unchained was intended to at least maintain the success enjoyed by the original Orcs Must Die! 1 and 2, something it obviously failed to do. The game has often attracted criticism for being borderline pay-to-win, as the grind required could get a bit too tedious to be compensated by the its fun factor.
Robot Entertainment will be setting their sights elsewhere and we should be hearing about their new projects soon, even if it is now highly unlikely they'll have anything to do with the Orcs Must Die! franchise.
You can find the announcement here.