Spry Fox have announced that their co-op bullet hell MMO, Steambirds Alliance, will likely be shutting down soon.
The game is currently available on Windows PC and Mac, both via Steam. It was developed by the co-creator of Realm of the Mad God.
Steambirds Alliance is a cooperative bullet hell MMO set in a steampunk world of anthropomorphic birds piloting fighter aircraft, in a war against an empire of evil cats. The game launched in August 2019, but as the developers themselves admit, had trouble retaining players long term despite two major updates.
“It has already cost us a great deal more than it has earned,” Spry Fox state, “and while we have plenty of ideas for how to improve Steambirds further, we have very little confidence that those ideas will be enough to turn things around.”
“Thank you so much to everyone that has been part of this journey with us. We’re broken-hearted to be announcing the end of the road, but we take solace in the fact that we at least met some wonderful human beings along the way. We’d like to thank everyone in the community who gave us their support during these years, and especially those of you who stayed around even when things seemed dire. Without you, we wouldn’t have even been able to make it this far. We hope you had a good time and made some friends along the way.”
Spry Fox state have made the decision to halt further development and disable the in-game store. They estimate that they can keep the game running for at least four more months, but after that they will likely shut down the servers. Until then, players can continue to download and play the game.
You can find a rundown (via Steam) below:
WAR IN THE SKY: Bird Rebels vs the Feline Empire!
Steambirds Alliance is a massively-cooperative, permadeath bullet-hell shooter! Fly with dozens of your feathered friends in an open world full of cruel cat bosses and endless waves of deadly bullets. Experience hundreds of unique enemies, secret missions, and 14 unique aircraft to unlock and master. Team up with your fellow birds to end the reign of Meowza, the evil cat overlord.
Steambirds Alliance is brought to you by Spry Fox, co-developer of Realm of the Mad God, the first-ever MMO shmup.