The MMORPG Elyon is shutting down after just one year online
Publisher Kakao Games announced its decision to end Elyon less than a year after it began its run in North America and Europe.
After less than a year online in North America and Europe, the free-to-play MMORPG Elyon is about to close its doors. Players can still play the MMO for a few more months, although no purchases can be made and no new content or updates are introduced to the game.
Elyon was originally released in Korea in 2020, followed by the opening of North American and European servers a year later. The game is one of several MMORPGs published by Kakao Games, a Korean company also known for publishing the popular free-to-play MMORPG. black desert online as well as the Korean editions of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Path of exile. Similar to black desert online, Elyon features a combo-based skill system that resembles action games more than the traditional tab-targeting gameplay used in MMORPGs such as World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy 14. Elyon has struggled to retain players from the start, a problem compounded by the presence of several high-profile MMORPG releases over the past year.
Unfortunately for the remaining few hundred regular players, Kakao Games and developer Bluehole Studio have made the decision to terminate Elyonit is service in North America and Europe, citing the “unsustainability of key performance indicators”. A very low retention rate among new players as well as a steadily declining population have made Elyon obviously too expensive to maintain. ElyonThe all-time record number of players reached 15,400, while the average number of players over the past 30 days was reduced to 140. ElyonHarsh EXP loss and frustrating forced PVP system are some common complaints that lead players to give up on the game despite its interesting combat.
Elyon the servers will remain open until December 7, and refunds are available for players who purchased the KCoin premium currency between July 1 and September 7 as long as they have not converted it into rubies. Despite recent closures, players looking for a new home will find that there are still plenty of excellent free-to-play MMOs to jump into.
It’s unfortunately not the first MMORPG to announce its closure this year, as the long-running action MMO TERA terminated its Western servers after a 10-year stint earlier in June. Unleashed Blessing also announced that it will shut down console operations in November, with the PC version expected to follow as the game has lost the majority of its average player base since launch. It is extremely difficult for new MMORPGs to break into the market when players are already devoted to their favorites, especially if they have been playing these titles for many years.
Elyon is currently available on PC.
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