Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale Ends Development, Goes Free-to-Play

After only a few months in early access, Islands of Nyne, the fast-paced 50-player battle royale by Define Human Studios, has ended live development. In a message posted to the Steam community today, the developers announced that the game has gone free-to-play, and servers will remain live until further notice.

“Unfortunately, all adventures come to an end, and for us, that time has come a little earlier than we would’ve liked,” reads the message by the developers. “The reality now is we are no longer able to financially support development costs despite our efforts to turn things around with our latest update and pricedrop.”

Islands of Nyne

Islands of Nyne entered early access in July 2018, and the developers planned for a full release within the span of a year. There were plans to implement more servers, maps, death cam replays, and more. None of those plans will become a reality, as the battle royale is due for only one more update before all development is ceased. Today, Islands of Nyne went free-to-play, and all those who purchased the game after November 29th 2018 can claim refunds.

Islands of Nyne will be receiving one more update which will include credits as a tribute to all those who contributed to the development of the game. Despite the lack of updates, the developers still want the game to be playable, which is why they are implementing custom match hosting functionality in the final update.

“In closing, I want to sincerely thank all those who left a positive impact on our lives- our devoted playtesters, our content creator community that streamed countless hours of IoN, the players who left us constructive feedback, and any team-member’s significant other who had to deal with me telling their loved one to get back to work. Thank you for being a part of this journey with us and we hope you look back on your Islands of Nyne experience as one of excitement and fun.”

The developers state that they can no longer ‘sustain development costs’, and are forced to halt development. The in-game store has been taken offline, but the game’s official servers will remain online for the ‘foreseeable future’. Most of the Define Human staff assigned to development on Islands of Nyne will retain their jobs, and those won’t are being hired by other studios.

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