EA announces closure of Play4Free RTS BattleForge

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Electronic Arts has announced the closure of its “Play4Free” real-time-strategy game (RTS) BattleForge. The game was first launched in 2009, and allowed players to fight against a variety of evil monsters using an army that they assemble themselves via the collection of cards.

BattleForge features single-player and multiplayer gameplay, allowing groups of up to 12 players to complete missions cooperatively, as well as ranked and unranked player-vs-player matches. EA says the game was “the first RTS to combine the social and community aspects of an MMO with an exciting RTS.”

BattleForge developer EA Phenomic was shuttered in July, and Battlefield Play4Free house Easy Studios took over the reigns, keeping the game alive until now.

“The decision to retire older games is never easy,” reads the game’s blog. “We hope you’ve enjoyed playing BattleForge as much as we enjoyed making it and we wish to extend our sincerest thanks to all of our passionate and dedicated players for supporting BattleForge over the past 4 years.”

BattleForge will close on October 31. Users with remaining in-game currency are encouraged to use that money before the game is shut down. No currency transfers or compensation packages have been announced for/in other games as of this writing.