Carbine Studios, the developer of the MMO WildStar and founded by former Blizzard employees, is shutting down. The game is also coming to an end.
Studio owner NCSoft confirmed the closure in a statement to Kotaku. “Today, we are closing Carbine Studios and will begin the process of winding WildStar down to ultimately shutter the game,” the company said.
Refunds will be available for in-game purchases. Additionally, NCSoft said it’s “in the process of identifying the teams that will be doing the work to bring WildStar to a close.”
“These decisions are very difficult to make and we are in the midst of shifting as many of our teammates as possible into other roles within the organisation,” NCSoft said.
According to Kotaku, 50 people are losing their jobs as part of Carbine’s closure. The studio released its first game, WildStar, in 2014; it launched with a subscription model before switching to free-to-play as part of a major update in 2015. The studio was working on and hiring for “a number of exciting new projects,” but it appears that’s all over now.
In 2016, Carbine suffered substantial layoffs due in part to WildStar’s performance in the market. Additionally, the game’s launch in China was canceled. Carbine said PS4 and Xbox One versions of WildStar were possible, but they never happened.
GameSpot has contacted NCSoft in an attempt to get more details about this situation; keep checking back for more.