At Bossa Studios we love taking risks and making stuff that no one dares to do in order to create great original experiences for players. Worlds Adrift was an ambitious undertaking for us: a community crafted MMO built on freedom and player agency with multiplayer physics, set in a huge world. We are proud of what we achieved with the game since development began five years ago out of a humble game jam.
We are immensely grateful for every Traveller that’s come to experience this community crafted world. However, Worlds Adrift just hasn’t reached the level of popularity it needs to continue. The challenges that came with our ambitious project meant that all our work went into making the game work rather than making it the experience we wanted it to be. As a result we failed at making a game that could capture the imaginations of millions. Creating an MMO like Worlds Adrift is a huge financial commitment and unfortunately the game is just no longer commercially viable.
What does the end of Worlds Adrift mean for its community?
Bossa Studios will be continuing as a developer and publisher of games, but Worlds Adrift is coming to a close. To provide a special experience in the game’s final months, all the cosmetic items in the in-game shop will be given out to every player. Additionally, Worlds Adrift Founder Captains will receive a free copy of Surgeon Simulator and I Am Bread as a thanks for joining this journey, and to give a glimpse into the kinds of experiences we’re looking to create going forward. Founder Captains’ names will also be immortalised on the game’s website, which will remain live as a tribute to the world we’ve built together.
Worlds Adrift will not be sailing quietly into the night. We will host an End of the World event which will be live streamed on Twitch and will feature an AMA with the team. The exact date and details of this event will be announced here and on our other community channels (Twitter, Facebook, Steam Forum and Discord) soon.
We know you’ll have questions, so please take a look at our extensive Q&A below. If you can’t find the answer to your question there, then please contact us.
We’ve really appreciated all your feedback on Worlds Adrift throughout development and we’d love your ongoing support with our unannounced titles. Our Bossa Studios Creator Club is a group where like-minded and also not-so-like-minded individuals help us make the very best games we can, through surveys, playtests and more. Anyone can join the Creator Club and you can find more details on how to do so here.
Thank you all for joining us on this incredible journey,
The Worlds Adrift Team.
Why is Worlds Adrift shutting down?
Making such an ambitious game was always going to be a challenge and we love the game we’ve built together with our community. However, Worlds Adrift has not captured the imagination of as many people as we needed to make it commercially viable.
When is Worlds Adrift shutting down?
Worlds Adrift will be closing in July 2019 with our End of the World Party. The exact date and details of this event will be announced here and on our other community channels (Twitter, Facebook, Steam Forum and Discord) soon.
What’s happening with the game until then?
You will be able to play as normal but we’ve made a few changes to help players get the most out of the game during these final months. To provide a special experience in the game all the cosmetic items in the in-game shop will soon be made free for players to enjoy.
What will happen to my character/stuff?
All characters, ships and items will no longer be accessible after our End of the Word event in July.
Can I get a refund?
You are eligible for a refund if you have purchased Worlds Adrift on the Steam Store between the dates of April 29th 2019 and this announcement on May 29th 2019.
Do not worry if you have been denied a refund by Steam's automated system.
They will be processing an automatic refund for people who have purchased the game from the 29th April. You will receive an email informing you when this has been done.
You do not need to do anything yourself, but simply wait, we're hoping to get this done before the servers shut down at the end of July.
I purchased something from the Worlds Adrift Item Store. Can I get a refund for it?
All in-game purchases made since the store launched in Update 29 will be refunded. You will retain access to your purchases until Worlds Adrift closes.
What about all your other games? What are you working on?
Bossa is a games developer and publisher. We always works on at least three projects in parallel. We have multiple other unannounced titles in development at this time, and we will be talking about them soon. You can sign up here for more information.
Can I still use the Island Creator?
The Worlds Adrift Island Creator will remain live but it will no longer be possible for players to bring their creations into the game.
You said Founders are getting stuff. What am I getting?
All Founders will receive a copy of I Am Bread and Surgeon Simulator on Steam. In addition, the Worlds Adrift website will remain live with a list of Founder Captains’ names as a digital monument to the world we built together.
Make it Open Source
The reason why Worlds Adrift (and many large games) don't go Open Source when they are sunset is simple: they are in part built with third party tools, plugins and licensed code we cannot share or open source ourselves. Without these the game doesn't run nor compile. Going over and removing all these instances is a huge undertaking as well. This is why it's rare for a game going Open Source, it has little to do with willingness to do so.
Make it P2P, allow people to host their own servers
Unlike our other games, Worlds's network is built on top of SpatialOS, a proprietary tech. Worlds does not run without it, nor can it be hosted outside of SpatialOS's infrastructure. It stops us from both making it P2P or allow anyone to host their own servers, unfortunately.
I have a question that’s not answered here. Where do I go?
Please contact us via our support site with any further queries.