The writing was on the wall for Gigantic. Back in November, developer Motiga closed its doors, leaving nearly all of its development staff without jobs. Some stayed on, though, and their final act was to produce the January update for the game. That update was released today and, unfortunately, it was accompanied by the announcement that the game's servers will be closing on July 31st.
The team had this to say on the decision:
The journey over these last few years was met with outstanding support from our players and we are all very proud of the incredible experience Gigantic is today. The team wants to give a big shout out to our awesome community - both those who have been with us since the beginning as well as those who just picked up the game recently. We want to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who gave Gigantic a chance.Of course, this means that all 26 of the game's achievements will be discontinued. In the meantime, to help you progress towards your completion in the six months you have left, all of the game's heroes are now free, including the newest hero T-Mat who was released today. Players are no longer able to purchase Rubies or Hero Packs, although this currency will continue to be rewarded in-game. The currency can still be used to purchase items from the Shop at a discounted price, so they're not an exercise in futility.
Discontinuing Gigantic was not an easy decision. The game is a unique and exciting experience that captured many hearts and minds. Unfortunately, it did not resonate with as many players as we’d hoped. Over the last several months, the teams at Motiga and Perfect World looked into viable options to sustain Gigantic. However, the current state of the game has restricted options for further progress and relevant content updates, and delivering basic features while also fixing long-standing issues was more complicated than expected. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to find an impactful solution that would help Gigantic break through in a crowded market.
More details on today's patch can be found here. As well as the new hero and changes to the shop, it also includes two new creatures, balance adjustments for Heroes, new Founder's Pack colour variants, and a plethora of new skins.
Thanks to the many members of the community who sent this one in!
We've got the full list of Gigantic achievements - check the list for guides to unlocking them.