StarBlood Arena VR, developed by WhiteMoon Dreams and produced by San Diego Studio, is getting its servers shut down later in July. The title was one of the first VR games released on the PlayStation VR headset, offering players a “a close quarters space shooter,” with nine unique heroes for players to choose from. The announcement came as a bit of a surprise, with no clarification from the studio, but we finally have one.
Jay Koottarappallil, developer Whitemoon Dreams’ CEO, explained how it went, with Sony calling the studio informing them of the decision. He continued to explain why the studio can’t just continue to support StarBlood Arena’s servers themselves.
Sony called earlier to let me know that they were shutting down servers. The call was something along the lines of “This is always a very hard time, but its time to shut down the servers”. There wasn’t a whole lot of detail past that and there was no option for us to support servers ourselves, much less make any new releases. At the very least, we would have liked to have the option to pay for servers ourselves. Overall, I wish we controlled the IP that we created with SBA, because there’s so much more of this we want you all to see; but we’re not big and powerful enough yet to be able to command that
He continued to protect Sony from any hate messages that come their way from the game’s community as a result.
I’d prefer if there wasn’t a bunch of Sony hate for shutting the servers down. No one is at fault here; Sony operated the servers for quite some time and honestly, SBA has come and gone as new titles move in and out and the VR medium finds more stable ground.
StarBlood Arena’s servers don’t shut down until July 25, 2019, so make sure to enjoy it as much as you can while it is still here.