Monday, July 11, 2022

Pearl Abyss Announced Shut Down Of Shadow Arena

The sunsetting of underperforming games at Pearl Abyss-owned studios continues. The South Korean game maker posted an announcement on Steam Friday that its Black Desert inspired battle royale game Shadow Arena would close operation on 10 August 2022.  The statement also appeared on the Shadow Arena website.

Greetings, this is Shadow Arena.  

Shadow Arena was first showcased at G-Star in November 2019. After completing the fourth CBT, it was released as early access on May 2020. Since then, we've walked a journey accompanied by players for 2 years and 8 months. 

Shadow Arena made its first debut as content in Black Desert. However, we decided to make Shadow Arena into a separate spin-off title and worked towards establishing it as a new kind of “action battle royale” for players who enjoy PvP games. 

Despite our efforts to introduce various elements to the game, we thought that Shadow Arena in its current state was inadequate in offering a unique experience. With deep consideration, we regret to inform you that the service of Shadow Arena will be terminated.

We would like sincerely thank all the players who have been in support of Shadow Arena as we deliver this news. 

Pearl Abyss also announced a shutdown schedule.
July 8, 2022 (Fri) 11:00 (UTC+9)

■ Game Download Unavailable 

- Downloading the Shadow Arena Client be unavailable via official website and Steam store.  

- Game service through previously downloaded client will be available until the service termination date.  

■ Termination of Gcoin Purchases 

- Gcoin purchases on the official website and in the Steam store will be unavailable.  

■ Shop Clearance Sale 

- All items in the shop will be available for 1 Silver. 

■ Final Season Begins 

- Final season’s Battle Pass rewards will be significantly higher than before. 

August 10, 2022 (Wed) 11:00 (UTC+9)

■ Game Service Termination 

- The game service through the official website and Steam launcher will be unavailable.  


■ Official Website Service Termination.  

- Shadow Arena’s official website will be terminated. 

- All posts on the community page will be deleted after termination.  

- Make sure to save any information you wish to store on your PC.  

- Customer Support regarding the refund process will still be available after service is terminated. 

- Users may create Pearl Abyss ID even after the service ends. 


■ Official Social Media and Community Channel Termination 

- The following official social media channels of Shadow Arena will be terminated. 

- Official Youtube, Twitch, Facebook, Twitter, Discord

- The Shadow Arena Steam Community will be terminated. 
Combined with last week's news about CCP shutting down all of its legacy virtual reality games brought over with the Icelandic company's sale to Pearl Abyss in October 2018, one can safely say the leadership of Pearl Abyss is closing all marginal financial operations.

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