Square Enix’s Babylon’s Fall is going offline in February, so GameStop is just giving it away

Babylon’s FallThe action RPG from Square Enix and developer PlatinumGames, ” has had its day. While not many are able to play it now, they’re indisputably much better. We had modest hopes for it back when it was re-revealed in 2021 before it launched, but… well, that was before it launched.

Platinum’s latest is doing badly right now. So badly that Square Enix announced last week that it’s terminating the game’s live service on Feb. 27, 2023, wiping the gameplay data and its Hanging Garden player site less than a year after it launched. So badly that the game’s 24-hour player count peak on SteamDB has plummeted from 1,188 to around… six players in just a month. So badly that some GameStop locations are giving it away like it’s free real estate, as reported by Cheap Ass Gamer.

Polygon reached three GameStop locations in order to confirm the report. The two GameStop locations that confirmed this reported offered copies of the game to those who were interested.

Now, I can understand the prospect of picking up a copy of a game that’s practically not going to exist anymore in approximately five months is a hard sell, even if it is free. That said, there’s an undeniable novelty to preserving your very own copy of a legendarily bad game; just ask any savvy videogame historian who snatched up a copy of Too Human or Richard Garriott’s Tabula RasaBefore they were dumped in the landfill. We are all dozens! Dozens!

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