Storybook Brawl is a free-to-play fairytale card game designed by former Magic: The Gathering execs that confirmed actual promise when it debuted in 2021. It nonetheless wanted work—we mentioned in a preview later that yr that it felt “unfocused,” and was “struggling for a novel identification among the many diverse mechanics of what’s nonetheless an unexplored game style”—nevertheless it was in early entry, which is strictly when these kinds of points are speculated to be labored out.

Sadly, that is not going to occur. Developer Good Luck Video games introduced on Twitter at present that the servers will probably be taken offline for good on Might 1.

“On behalf of everybody on the SBB crew, we would prefer to thanks on your help,” the studio tweeted earlier at present. “We’ve explored totally different choices, and sadly there isn’t any path ahead. We’ll be shutting down the servers on Might 1st – please take pleasure in SBB till then, and thanks for all of the reminiscences.”

A selected motive for the closure hasn’t been given, however the broadly held assumption is that Storybook Brawl was caught within the swirl of FTX, the cryptocurrency change that went from a $32 billion valuation firstly of 2022 to a number of legal prices on the finish of it. 

FTX acquired Good Luck Video games in March 2022, saying it was an “alternative to be the vanguard for the moral integration of gaming and crypto transactions.” Followers did not see it that manner, nevertheless: The overview bombs started dropping virtually instantly, dragging the consumer score on Steam right down to “combined”, based mostly on 3,506 critiques at present depend. 

The larger concern, in fact, was that FTX was itself a home of playing cards. Founder Sam Bankman-Fried denied legal intent however acknowledged on Twitter that he “fucked up,” which is actually one technique to put it; legal prices have but to be confirmed in courtroom however on the very least, FTX was run quick, free, and with principally no oversight. 

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The studio did not remark instantly on the collapse of FTX, though it did make a few indirect references to the corporate’s troubles. On November 11, the day FTX filed for chapter, Good Luck Video games tweeted that “given the circumstances, we’re saddened to announce that we’re cancelling the World Championship in The Bahamas,” and mentioned that it was “not sure about the way forward for Organized Play and the World Championship.” 

A pair months later, Good Luck Video games mentioned it “appreciates the neighborhood’s continued ardour for the game,” however had no “huge information” to share in any other case.

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Some followers are hoping the rights to Storybook Brawl may be acquired to be able to allow its re-release, probably as an open source game, however given FTX’s authorized entanglements, that does not appear to be a probable consequence to me. I’ve reached out to Good Luck Video games for extra data on the closure, and can update if I obtain a reply.