Posted in: Gaming NewsOp-ed
Published:
February 5, 2020 12:00 AM UTC

Fable Fortune’s Demise Proves Why Free Games Are a Waste of Time

Once those servers go down on March 4, it all disappears. If you invested your time and money in the game, it is now wasted, which is why supposedly 'free' games are so worthless.

  • Fable Fortune, a free-to-play digital card game, is shutting down in March.
  • When the servers go down, the game will become entirely unplayable.
  • This situation demonstrates why these sorts of games are such a bad investment.

It’s official, Fable Fortune is shutting down. After only three years of running, the Fable-based card game will be closing its doors next month. In the meantime, it is no longer possible to use the in-game store.

After months of dwindling player numbers, another ‘free’ game bites the dust. You’ve got to wonder – if giving a game away for free isn’t enough to draw players, what is?

Well, perhaps the trick lies in actually offering players something of lasting value.

As of today there was literally a single-player in-game. You have to wonder who he was playing against, possibly waiting in matchmaking for a game that was never going to come. | Source: SteamDB

Fable Fortune Is Worth About as Much as It Cost to Start Playing

Fable Fortune was a ‘free’ game, supposedly. You could download and start with no money involved. Then if you wanted to keep playing, you had to nickel and dime your way forward, buying packs of cards to build your collection.

Say you started out with the game when it released in 2017. Fast forward three years. The game is shutting down. Every single last penny you have spent on Fable Fortune is completely wasted. You won’t even get to play with the ‘cards’ you’ve bought.

Once those servers go down on March 4, it all disappears. Your collection and all your money gone forever. If you invested your time and money in the game, it is now wasted, which is why supposedly ‘free’ games are so worthless.

At Least Give Your Players Something

The real kick in the butt here is that the people who supported Fable Fortune get nothing. Here is a game that really relied on the goodwill of a small number of people. Now that things haven’t worked out, those people can’t even access their collections.

The developers really should give the players some options. Maybe the ability to host their own servers? That way if anyone actually cares about the game, they’d still be able to play it. The way things are, no one is going to remember Fable Fortune within a year – except maybe for all those players who feel like they’ve been ripped off.

This article was edited by Gerelyn Terzo.

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William Worrall @mizushinzui

William Worrall is a professional writer based out of the UK who has been writing about video and tabletop games for over a decade and has covered industry events such as EGX and UKGE. Contact him at: william.worrall@ccn.com

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