Although the idea of everyone vs. everybody is a long-standing one, PUBG Battlegrounds’ success and Fortnite Battle Royale have set the stage for the battle royale. Over the years, there were many competitors to their success. The 2020 Spillbreak battle royale, which attempted to add a fantasy setting to the subgenre, was one example.
Unfortunately, even with positive reviews and a unique twist, it wasn’t enough for financial success. Developer Proletariat announced plans to stop development and close Spellbreak‘s server early next year.
Proletariat informed its players in a blog post today. The developer’s statement was short and to the point. He thanked fans for their support and announced the shutdown. Proletariat did not give a date for closing Spellbreak’s server down; It will happen in early 2023. Although the post doesn’t explicitly explain why the game is being shut down, one can assume that low player numbers are the main reason.
After more than four years of elemental magic and spell combinations, we’ve made the decision to end development of Spellbreak. The servers will be shut down as of early 2023. Thank you to the millions of players who have joined us in the Hollow Lands since 2018; it’s been an amazing journey.
Our vision was to create a fresh, multiplayer action-spellcasting game with exceptional movement and class customization that would give players the chance to unleash their inner battlemage. We are grateful to everyone in the game’s community for exploring the magical worlds and experiences we created together. Spellbreak was an ambitious project that saw our team push new boundaries in design and development and we are excited to continue to innovate as we create new titles in the future.
To all Spellbreak fans around the world, thank you for the support and dedication that made the game and community so special.
Spellbreak Development Team
SteamDB reports that Spellbreak has only 96 players as of the writing, which is less than the average battle royale match. It peaked at 5,504 players in 2012 and has steadily declined over the years. The popularity of Spellbreak has not increased significantly despite some spikes in Twitch viewers. These numbers are indicative of the popularity of the game on Steam. However, the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch ports likely saw a similar trend. The game’s imminent shutdown is unfortunate for Spellbreak‘s remaining players, but it seems that it was inevitable for some time.
Proletariat describes Spellbreak as an “action-spellcasting multiplayer game with extraordinary movement and class customization that would allow players to unleash their inner battlemage.” The game is free-to-play, with players armed with magical gauntlets rather than guns. The Spellbreak gameplay was developed by six developers over two years. It is based on classic shooters such as Quake or Unreal Tournament. The game’s setting and visual design were derived from various sources, including Castlevania and League of Legends games, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild films, TV shows, and Akira: The Last Airbender.
Spellbreak received generally positive reviews on both the Xbox and PC versions. Although the Switch and PS4 versions received mixed reviews, many still consider Spellbreak one of the most famous battle royale games on PlayStation. Unfortunately, this high praise did not attract a sustained following.
Spellbreak is now available for PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.