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NCSOFT Closing Down MXM In January

by Matt Miller on Nov 16, 2017 at 04:37 PM

Master X Master, also known as MXM, is shutting down services on January 31, 2018. The unusual tag team-focused MOBA couldn’t survive in the market. 

In a blog post on the game’s official site, the MXM team spoke about the decision. “Deciding to close the game is not a decision we come to lightly, but ultimately it came down to a matter of business—we explored several options, but none of them were sustainable,” the blog post reads. “We truly believe that MXM is special, and offered a lot of new ideas to change up the MOBA genre, but in trying to carve out a niche for itself, we failed to connect with players.”

Existing players can expect to be able to enjoy the game to the fullest in the coming weeks before closure, as the team has announced plans to let players unlock all content for free, and receive refunds for purchases made between August 30 and November 16. In addition, all game modes will be available at all times, among a few other features that should encourage players to celebrate the game. 

MXM spent a good bit of time available in pre-release status before releasing in full earlier this year. As this announcement reveals, it’s clear that the game never gained the traction it needed to become viable in the competitive MOBA landscape. 

 

Our Take
I never played MXM, but have spoken with players who found the game to be novel and engaging, if imperfect. It’s always saddening to hear about an online game shutting down service – whether you liked it or not, most games like these can’t have a life among fans after the servers shut down.