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.
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.
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.
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