Sword fighting VR game Swords of Gargantua will no longer be available to play later this year – existing owners of Quest and PC VR will no longer be able to access the game after September 30.
Developer Thirdverse announced the news on the Swords of Gargantua Twitter account, describing it as a “service termination”. The explanation thanked players for “continued support and patronage”, but explained that Thirsdverse is “discontinuing his service”” on all platforms from September 30, 2022. “After this date, you will not be able to play the game and use its online features.”
“Our player community is incredibly important to us and we take pride in listening to our community’s feedback,” Swords of Gargantua producer Masaru Ohnogi wrote in a prepared statement to UploadVR. “We were disappointed to have to make this decision when discontinuing Swords of Gargantua, which was due to both technical and organizational factors affecting the game’s ongoing operations. Since Swords of Gargantua is entirely an online game, will affect the player’s ability to play the title once we take the game offline on September 30th.”
Given “significant interest from players in an offline mode,” Thirdverse added, “We are exploring options for offline play in the future and will keep fans informed of those plans.” The studio points to Meta and Steam’s refund policies for those affected.
The first message from Swords of Gargantua suggested that sales of the game would stop at the end of August, but will follow tweets said it would be withdrawn from sale the same day, July 29.
Swords of Gargantua is a largely online multiplayer focused game, but it does have a single player solo mode. Nevertheless, Thirdverse says solo game mode “still works on online servers” and will therefore no longer be available after September. The studio plans to release a swordplay sequel titled Altair Breaker this summer.
Recently, developers BigBox VR announced that it would be dropping Quest 1 support for Population: One in October, citing ambitious plans for future content that will require the extra performance of Quest 2. The ending of Swords of Gargantua is not a change of supported platforms – the game will simply not be accessible to all headsets after September. BigBox says Quest 1 owners are only eligible for a refund if they don’t own a Quest 2 headset and have purchased the game within the last 6 months.