World of the Living Dead permanently shutting down
This is a tough post to write. We’ve worked hard over the last five years to keep World of the Living Dead going, but sadly we’ve reached the point where we have to call it a day.
We had hoped that the last server would prove that we could make ends meet and at least pay for server costs, but it gradually became clear that it wasn’t working. We could get the players and I think (hope) most people liked the game, but in the end, it was costing us way more money to run than it was making.
Part of the problem was the complexity of the game, which meant that the servers cost more than a simpler game would require. The gameplay itself was also difficult to monetise, as we never really made it easy enough for players to feel comfortable paying for supplies or advantages. If WotLD had been a more graphically-rich game, maybe we could have sold more cosmetic items, but that’s just more than the two of us could manage.
So we’ve been running the numbers and discussing our options since the server came to an end, trying to find a way that we could justify putting all our time into the game, hoping that we could magically find the solution which could allow us to put another six months into setting up and running another server.
But the sums just don’t add up and we’ve had to make a really difficult decision. WotLD won’t be coming back from the dead this time and Ballardia is already in the process of being shut down.
Thank you to everyone who played the game and thanks especially to those of you have helped out in so many ways. You guys made it possible for us to remain optimistic and keep working.
We hope you’ll all remember WotLD and NECRA with fondness as time goes on.
World of the Living Dead R.I.P.
Note: The forum will remain online for another couple of weeks, but we’ll gradually be shutting down all servers and we’ll eventually stop checking WotLD/Ballardia email addresses.