Undead Labs, best known for their zombie survival game State of Decay, launched Moonrise on Steam Early Access and iOS this year. However, the free multiplayer RPG will not leave Early Access, as the team announced they’re shutting the servers down this December.
In a post on Undead Labs’ website, company founder Jeff Strain explained why Moonrise won’t be released commercially in the near future.
What we’ve found is that while some people really love Moonrise, there were unfortunately many more people who played the game and then moved on after a few days. For a standalone, offline game that might be fine; but for an online game with significant server hosting costs and an expectation for ongoing development and new content, it can mean a game that not only doesn’t pay for it’s development costs, but might even cost money to operate.
As a free-to-play game, Undead Labs had to rely on in-game purchases to sustain Moonrise but simply weren’t getting enough. These games benefit from being widely accessible but are not guaranteed a steady revenue stream.
Undead Labs are giving Moonrise at least one big update before it ends. The game was updated today with a variety of tweaks and additional content.
We’re updating the game with new Solari, wildlands, dungeons, and clothing shops. We’re also increasing rewards in Arena Mode, making it easier to earn XP and hit upgrade and evolution milestones, increasing drop rates, decreasing leveling time, and generally making the game play faster and easier across the board. We’re also giving every player a free Sunset Pack containing 2,000 gems, 10,000 gold, two Solari Boosters, and a bunch of essences.
The Moonrise servers will close on December 31, so players can still access the game for free on Steam and iOS devices.