Along with The Witcher: Monster Slayer shutting down next year, Gwent is also being sunset. It seems like the titular fantasy franchise is taking hits left and right lately.

Read the official announcement letter from the developers.

This is following the news of Henry Cavill being recast in Netflix’s The Witcher TV Series. It seems like the franchise can’t seem to catch a break—whether it’s gaming or on the screen.

Hearing The Witcher: Monster Slayer shutting down is really disheartening. It’s also not the only AR game closing its servers—The Walking Dead: Our World is too.

This is a huge blow to the augmented reality/geolocation gaming community. Monster Slayer was the only option for fast-paced action and RPG gameplay.

In the official announcement, the developers said, “while The Witcher: Monster Slayer was an incredible journey, unfortunately, it did not reach our business expectations.”

So, it seems the main reason for the game being shut down is due to it being unsuccessful. Monster Slayer was released during the peak of the pandemic.

All augmented reality games were suffering during COVID-19 and struggling to find a market. The new update that was released earlier this year also changed things for the worst. A huge portion of the community left.

Moving forward, it’s been announced that the development team at Spokko will be merged into the main CD Projekt Red teams. You can read more about it in the official announcement.

Monster Slayer will still be available for download on the iOS/Android App Stores until the 31st of January, and then completely shut down on the 30th of June, 2023.

Looking for a new augmented reality RPG to play? We recommend the old-school Orna RPG. It’s a love letter to classic RPG games, and has the pixel aesthetic to match.


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By Camellia Hao Ren

Camellia Hao Ren is an Australian journalist and editor. When they aren't writing, they are usually playing games or reading.

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