After five years of operation, it's time for the good ship of Bounty Bay Online
to pull into port and never set sail again. The game has announced that it will be shutting down in the near future
, with the servers currently scheduled to go dark on September 20th
. No specific reasons have been given for the shutdown, although the announcement does make note that the years of operation (and several management changes) took their toll on the game.
Client downloads are already disabled; the community team is planning events for players sticking with the game during its last weeks of operation. Players who purchased items from the game's cash shop recently will also be compensated accordingly, although exact details have not yet been announced. It's a sad day for anyone in love with the game or simply fond of a broad MMO landscape, and we can only hope that the development team moves on to bigger and brighter projects.