Nexon has announced that the English version of Hyper Universe is shutting down in North America starting this fall. The news comes courtesy of a post made over on the Steam community page, where Nexon revealed that starting November 15th, 2018 the cash shop will be closed and user refunds will be processed. On December 19th, 2018, Hyper Universe’s servers will be shut down and the game will become inaccessible thereafter.
Starting Jnuary 19th, 2019 the customer support will be shuttered and you can kiss the game goodbye for good.
You’ll be able to get refunds of cash shop items between August 18th, 2018 and October 19th, 2018.
According the post from the Nexon team, the Xbox One version of Hyper Universe will still stay in operation, for now…
“While the game will still be available to play via the Nexon Launcher and Steam until we officially close, we will not be making any more updates. Rank Mode will continue to run until the service closes, although no rewards for Rank Mode will be distributed after November. Starting on November 15, 2018, the Cash Shop will be unavailable. Hyper Universe for Xbox will remained unaffected.”
The comment section was quick to rip Nexon a new one for bringing about the closure to the side-scrolling MOBA. This was mostly due to the fact that the community felt it could have all been avoided if they didn’t antagonize the community with the censorship issue, which occupied the forums and almost all discussion of the game back during the summer and fall of 2017.
Nexon claimed that some people at a PAX event objected to the decolletage on display in the game, and so the developers had the artist censor the English version of Hyper Universe. They didn’t stop there, though, they also had the South Korean version censored and scaled back on the boob physics in an attempt to remove as much of the fan-service as possible.
The censorship did not go down well with gamers and they asked repeatedly for an SJW toggle switch, to which Nexon denied them this request by stating that adding a toggle switch would defeat the purpose of censorship.
So not only did Nexon have the developers, Cwavesoft, censor the game both in the West and in the East, but they also denied gamers the ability to toggle the fan-service on or off. The playerbase dropped quickly thereafter, resulting in the game hardly having any players online. Just recently it was announced that the South Korean version of Hyper Universe was shutting down and now it looks as if the English version is shutting down, too.
Alternatively, Nexon thankfully reversed course quite quickly with MapleStory 2 by walking back the censorship after it was brought to the team’s attention. But in the case of Hyper Universe Nexon had to learn the hard way a lesson that many other developers are learning as well…
(Thanks for the news tip Richard)