Another One Bites The Dust: Arctic Combat Melts Down, Closing in September

It’s unfortunate that Another One Bites The Dust exists, but necessary. This column chronicles the fateful announcements ahead of an MMOGs’ downfall, a company closure or, in some truly sad cases, both. Grab your Big Gulp and let some hit the floor for the fallen.

Even the introduction of PvE alien-based missions couldn’t save Arctic Combat. Launched in December 2012, the MMO shooter from F2P specialist Webzen will be closing down completely on September 2, according to an announcement from the publisher. The decision affects North American, European and South America. The item shop, download page and general customer service have already been closed.

The news shouldn’t come as a surprise to many longtime fans. It was difficult to find populated matches in a suitable amount of time even after the large content patch, including new weapons and maps as well, came out over the spring. It seems that no matter the changes made a viable community could not be established. Thus the difficult decision to end the battle was made.

Those that spent money on Arctic Combat aren’t going to be left high and dry. Webzen will be providing special bonuses for other Webzen and recently acquired gPotato properties. Players can expect reimbursements in titles like Age of Wulin (Age of Wushu here), Allods Online, Continent of the Ninth Seal (C9), Dragonica, Flyff, MU Online, Rapplez, and Terra Militaris, which we currently have a promo for.

Looking for a shooter to replace Arctic Combat. We’d recommend Blacklight: Retribution, Tribes: Ascend or PlanetSide 2 for the same action and feel. Gotham City Imposters and Team Fortress 2 are more than adequate if a bit different play style.