It was only a matter of time. The survival genre has been flooded with poor quality zombie themed titles in recent years and today Free Reign Entertainment announced that Romero’s Aftermath is the latest victim of dwindling player numbers – resulting in the team announcing the games upcoming closure.
The information comes via an announcement on the official forums that cites a dwindling population as the main reasons for the closure. Romero’s Aftermath is available to play for current players until December 24th, at which point all servers will be taken offline. Players are no longer able to purchase GC and the team will not offer any refunds or transfer currencies to other titles.
We began Aftermath as a passion project 2 years ago that aimed to expand the Infestation/WarZ zombie survival universe and give players not only a harsh open world survival experience, but also let players build their own bases, claim land and store items. We ultimately chose to make the game free-to-play from the beginning in order to allow any curious player to try it without having to plunk down hard earned cash given how questionable early access titles can sometimes be. This free to play model worked for quite some time due to word of mouth, almost 2 years in fact, however, with the population dwindling we fear that we cannot keep servers online for much longer.
Not long ago we made the decision to restrict new user registrations as well as halt the sale of in game currency to avoid potential disappointment from new players as the game had not been updated in the last 4 months. Unfortunately the economics of the game are not able to afford us the luxury of continued development and support for Aftermath. With sadness we’ve made the difficult decision to close Aftermath. It wasn’t an easy decision for us, as we’ve been quite emotionally invested in Aftermath, but sometimes these kind of decisions have to made in order to move forward as a company.
We as a team would like to thank you for all of the support you have given us over the past 2 years and the fun experiences we were all able to share – be it fighting over supply drops, herding zombies for liberation events, collecting resources, crafting, building forts and more.
Aftermath will remain online until December 24th, 2016 at which point all game servers, as well as the official Aftermath website and forums will be taken offline. You can still play Aftermath up til this date and we encourage you to spend any remaining GC and GD currency you have in game. You can no longer purchase GC, only spend remaining GC. There will not be any refund of any GC currency you have left unspent upon servers shutdown nor will any in game currency be eligible for transfer to another title.ArtemisKnives
Source: Official Forums