Babylon’s Fall, the troubled Platinum and Square Enix RPG, is said to be offered for free at select GameStop stores.
As @videogamedeals first noticed, the American chain of video game retailers is reportedly dumping old stock from the game, which was pulled from sale earlier this month.
However, some users reported receiving free copies of the game from the staff.
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Others said they called their local stores, but they were out of game stock.
An user says VGC: “I tried to call 10 stores last night, they all told me that they had destroyed copies. They didn’t just throw them away, they were instructed to break them.
In the UK, physical copies of Babylon’s Fall do not appear to be available at many major retailers. However, Currys is selling copies for £15.
Babylon’s Fall was widely panned by critics when it launched in March. According to review aggregator Metacritic, the title is one of the lowest-rated games to date on PS5 and one of the worst games of the year.
At one point, the game had a single concurrent player on Steam.
The game will officially end in February 2023, at which point it will be completely unplayable.
In a statement on the game’s official site earlier this month, Square confirmed that the game will be shutting down and that the “large-scale update” that was planned for the game has been cancelled.
“With the desire to deliver an exhilarating online multiplayer action-RPG set in an elaborate high-fantasy world, we launched the game’s official service on Thursday, March 3, 2022, and have continued to undertake additional development and operations,” says the press release. “However, it is with deep regret that we inform you that we will be ending service to the game on Tuesday, February 28, 2023.”
“Going forward, Babylon’s Fall will almost certainly be frequently used as an example of how not to launch a live service game,” VGC’s review of the game opened.
“Not only does it fail at the most basic elements, like an incredibly unattractive visual style, or a mission structure that’s kind of both terribly short and tedious, but the game also tries desperately to establish itself as a game. live, filling your screen with as many micro-transaction opportunities as possible, despite the fact that it actually costs $60 to purchase.