Warner Bros. Games and Player First Games have announced that MultiVersus, the free-to-play mascot brawler, will be going offline in several weeks. The team plans to use the months during which the game will be down to apply the feedback they have received to the game’s full release, which is planned for next year.
MVPs, thank you for the support during Open Beta! The feedback and inspiration has been amazing. Open Beta will close on June 25 as we prepare for full launch in early 2024. #MultiVersus will be back better than ever with new content, features, modes & more when we return. pic.twitter.com/6NOCMRDBrp
— MultiVersus (@multiversus) March 27, 2023
On the game’s website, Player First Games director Tony Huynh acknowledges that “there’s still a lot of work to do” before MultiVersus is ready for its full release. He describes “new characters, maps and modes to give you more ways to enjoy the game” as aspects the team will work on during the game’s offline period, in addition to reworking Multiversus’ progression system.
Following a strong beta release last year and the roll-out of several new characters as part of the game’s first season, MultiVersus struggled to maintain its playerbase once the initial wave of hype died down. With 2023 having seen many live-service games shutting down, the developers will need to ensure that MultiVersus can survive once it returns after its period of dormancy.
It’s an extreme move, but perhaps the right one to ensure MultiVersus can relaunch on the right foot. Free-to-play live service games are difficult to sustain, even with the support of a large company like Warner Bros. As such, taking the game offline to focus on what has worked so far while responding to feedback might be the best way to ensure the game reaches its full potential.
Anyone who has made any in-game purchases in MultiVersus will not be refunded, however progress, unspent in-game currency and purchased content will carry over to the full release planned for early next year. Online modes will not be playable from June 25th, however the offline training mode and local multiplayer will still be available. For anyone who has not downloaded MultiVersus yet, you have until April 4th 2023 before it is removed from digital storefronts. If the game is already in your digital library, then you can still redownload it, even after it is removed from storefronts.