Epic Kills Battle Royale Game Just Six Months After Release

Picture: Rumbleverse

In August 2022, Epic Games, the developers of Fortniteguardians of the Epic Games Store, creators of the Unreal Engine, rich as god, have released a melee-based battle royale game called Rumbleverse. It’s now January 2023 (February already for me here in Australia), and the game is already being killed off.

Here are some impressions written by Zack in September 2022—you may remember September 2022, that’s just Just arrived– in which he said that, despite the Battle Royale genre getting a little tired and Epic themselves already having Fortnite, it was pretty good!

Even though I’m a little dumb Rumbleverse and I find its challenge system a bit anemic at the moment, I’m always happy to load it up and play some more. There are so many good (and bad) battle royale shooters in 2022. But a really good, colorful and exciting wrestling-themed battle royale – with a diversity of solid body shapes, no less – is a good thing to have. I hope the game will stick around and have future seasons with more content, quests and challenges that can help make the game even more enjoyable, even for shitty fighters like me.


The decision to discontinue the game was announced earlier today by the developers of Iron Galaxy:

They followed that up with a short statement on their company’s site, in which they share the hope that just because Epic kills the game doesn’t mean it’s dead forever, and that “You haven’t maybe not seen it yet Scold in its final form:

At Iron Galaxy, we strongly believe in the value of bringing people together to share meaningful experiences in games. Each of us is a player. This is what motivates us to create. With the announcement of the end of Rumbleverse, we want to share a more personal note with the players who joined us in Grapital City.

When you work on a video game, you imagine the community that will show up to play it one day. For years we’ve dreamed of a bustling city filled with people fighting to become a champion. We have strived to create a dynamic place that celebrates the spirit of competition. Our goal was to bring joy back to online multiplayer gaming.

The people who gave Rumbleverse a chance and embraced it as a new hobby validated every day we spend bringing our ideas to life. We loved watching you play. We have learned from your stories and ideas. We’ve even passed around the art you’ve created to capture your best moments on the street.

We sincerely hope that this news does not mark the end of the Rumbleverse. You may not have seen the Rumble in its final form yet. If we can welcome people back to the deck of the Battle Barge again, we hope you’ll be there, strapped in and ready to take your rightful place in the cannon.

Iron Galaxy will continue to make games. It is our passion and our raison d’être. Our employees are filled with skills and inspirations to keep the world playing.

Thanks for playing. This is not the last time you will hear from us. This is not the last time that we invite you to play.

The game servers will be closed on February 28.

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