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.
Disney has informed players of Toontown and Pirates of the Caribbean Online that August will be the last full month of service. The company will be taking both titles offline on September 19. The silver lining is that each will become free-to-play until the closure next month. Players that have paid since August 20 will receive an email regarding refunds.
Disney did not reveal specifics details behind the decisions, but in its Pirates notice revealed that the company is looking to shift funds towards other online worlds, like Club Penguin, and assorted mobile apps. The Toontown notice did announce closing ceremonies, featuring “toontastic activities and kooky celebrations.”
Since the Mouse House purchased the Star Wars intellectual property via Lucasfilm, the company has reevaluated its digital offerings. Going so far as to close all active development at internal studio LucasArts.