InXile Entertainment, the studio behind virtual reality (VR) title The Mage’s Tale and acquired by Microsoft several years ago launched its most recent project, team-based shooter Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds back in December. Now, only four months later the developer has announced it’ll be terminating the videogame next month.
In what can only be seen as a rapid abandonment of the project, inXile Entertainment and its publisher Thirdverse Inc. issued a statement over the weekend saying: “On May 9, 2021, Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds servers will be deactivated. We greatly appreciate the support of our dedicated Frostpoint community, which has been invaluable in providing insights and feedback through the development over the past several months.”
Considering Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds was only announced in July 2020, that’s an incredibly short amount of time to see a videogame like this go belly up – even a VR one. Especially considering inXile’s pedigree. However, it was a project beset with problems and negative feedback – just look at its Steam page to see the comments – with players reporting bugs as well as difficulty finding matches.
So in less than four weeks, the servers are going to close and Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds will be no more. While it’s still on sale via Steam and Oculus store, Thirdverse Inc. has yet to mention if players will get a refund as Nostos implemented. Last month NetEase Games announced it was closing Nostos’ servers this June and that anyone who purchased the title after 30th November would get a full refund.
Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds was an ambitious multiplayer where two teams of 10 would fight across an abandoned military base in Antarctica in various game modes. Additionally, players would also encounter an alien race called ‘The Function’ who would attack both sides.
It might be the end for Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds but that’s not the end of inXile Entertainment and Thirdverse Inc’s. VR plans with the statement adding: “As we focus our resources on new VR projects over the next year, we look forward to bringing you along and connecting once again.” As further details come to light regarding what these new VR projects are VRFocus will let you know.