Something something sleeping dogs lie
When it was announced there was to be a successor to United Front Games’ Hong Kong open world crime game Sleeping Dogs, Triad Wars probably wasn’t what most people had in mind. Instead of the involving story and memorable characters that made fans love Sleeping Dogs, Triad Wars was instead a free-to-play, microtransaction-driven multiplayer game.
Unfortunately, most people didn’t really chomp at the bit to play it, and now United Front has announced it will be shutting down the beta servers on January 20. The game and all of its microtransactions will be completely free until that date for those who’ve already bought into the beta, but purchasing the game itself has been disabled:
Since the start of the Triad Wars Closed Beta this year, diligent Enforcers have run rampant through the streets of Hong Kong, killing rivals and building Empires. During this time we have gathered immense amounts of feedback, information, and data on the game. We’ve loved seeing how you’ve played Triad Wars but we know it wasn’t right for many of you so we’re letting you know today that we are going to close the beta and service on January 20th 2016 at 12 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
It’s always sad to see a game fail, but I think a free-to-play multiplayer game just isn’t a suitable follow up for a game like Sleeping Dogs, which has many people still eagerly awaiting a full sequel. Hopefully United Front Games can bounce back from this.