No, despite the name, this isn't an elaborate deception. Trickster Online
is being shut down as of today at 8:30 p.m. EST
. The official announcement declines to provide a reason for the shutdown, stating only that the game's time has come to an end.
Players who made purchases in the game's cash shop will be eligible for a refund
automatically credited to their accounts, although the refund will be in the form of points usable on other games published by SG Interactive
. The refunds will extend to purchases made as far back as February of last year; purchases made further back than November will receive less than a full refund. Our condolences to any and all fans of the game left without their favorite haunt in the wake of the closure.
[Thanks to Paul for the tip!]