The Amazing Eternals didn’t amaze, Digital Extremes stops development

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Life is good for developer Digital Extremes, with the awesome launch of the Plains of Eidolon update for Warframe. Player numbers skyrocketed with the first open world expansion for the acclaimed sci-fi shooter. But there are some road bumps along the way.

The team's next game, the free-to-play hero shooter The Amazing Eternals (previously known as Keystone) was just canceled. Well, not completely canceled, more like the development was paused. By now you should know what this actually means – bye bye, The Amazing Eternals.

The reason for this decision had to do with how the game was performing in Closed Beta. It just wasn't attracting players fast enough to make it viable. Here is the announcement in full:

“After many discussions internally on the state of The Amazing Eternals, we have decided to hit the pause button on development at this time. This decision didn’t come lightly. We worked hard to make a game that we are proud to say was shaping up to have great potential. However, we took an honest look at the current gaming landscape and how the game was performing in Closed Beta. Unfortunately, the game wasn’t attracting players fast enough to support a viable matchmaking player base with the current game design direction, which is the lifeblood of this type of game. So, with heavy hearts, we’re taking a step back to reevaluate the design and may revisit our intrepid heroes in the future.

For those players who believed in what we were making and invested their hard-earned cash into the Founders Program, we are humbled by and grateful for your dedication and support. Refunds will be issued over a 72-hour period beginning today, October 26, 2017 and may take up to 3 to 5 business days to process. During this period, the game servers will remain live until 11:59pm ET, November 2, 2017.

The official forums and Discord will remain live indefinitely for players who want to stay in contact with each other, and the entire development team will remain with Digital Extremes and transition to Warframe development, so if you’re a Warframe player, you may still see us around.

This was a hard decision to make, and we can’t thank you enough for your incredible support throughout development. The Amazing Eternals will live on through all of you who were there to make it happen.

We do not have any additional plans to discuss at this time, but feel free to post any questions or concerns here, and we’ll try to answer them.”

The Amazing Eternals wasn't a bad game by all means and it had some potential to become one decent hero shooter. It's not like Digital Extremes to give up so quickly on one of its games – Warframe's success wasn't built in a day -, but they surely knew what was going on. Let's hope Survived By and their next games have a bigger lifespan.

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