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Wizard battle royale Spellbreak is shutting down, dev acquired by Blizzard

Spellbreak

Proletariat have announced that their spell-slinging Battle Royale Spellbreak will be shutting down next year.

The developers announced on their website and subreddit that further development on Spellbreak has ceased and that the game will be shutting down sometime in early 2023. While an exact reason wasn’t given, a follow-up announcement provides a clue: Proletariat’s 100-dev team will be acquired by Blizzard, where they will work on World of Warcraft‘s upcoming Dragonflight expansion.

Spellbreak was a magic-infused twist on the Battle Royale craze. Players chose from one of several battlemage classes and tossed fireballs, lightning, and toxic clouds at each other in the elemental planes of the Hollow Lands.

The game was originally an Epic Games Store exclusive, but eventually made its way to Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game steadily gained momentum throughout its early days, hitting a player base of 10 million across all platforms. However, Spellbreak gradually lost steam as time went on, and it has been nearly a year since the last meaningful content update.

An exact date for Spellbreak‘s closure is unknown, so you still have a chance to check it out before its gone for good. Spellbreak is free-to-play on Windows PC (via the Epic Games Store and Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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