The Fall of Babylon, the action RPG from developer PlatinumGames and publisher Square Enix, has had better days. Not much, mind you, but undeniably better. We had modest hopes for it back when it was to be revealed again in 2021 before it came out, but… well, that was before it came out.
The latest version of Platinum is currently not working well. It’s so bad that Square Enix announced last week that it would end the game’s live service on February 27, 2023, wipe gameplay data and Hanging Garden player site less than a year after its launch. So bad that the game’s 24-hour player count peaked on SteamDB fell sharply from 1,188 to about… six players in just one month. It’s too bad that some GameStop locations are giving away like it’s free real estateas reported by Cheap Ass Gamer.
Polygon contacted three GameStop locations to confirm this report, of which two confirmed that the game is no longer listed for sale and offered to give away copies to anyone willing to pick them up.
Now, I can understand the prospect of buying a copy of an actual game that won’t exist anymore after about five months is a hard sell, even if it’s free. That said, there’s an undeniable novelty to preserving a copy of a lousy lore; just ask any savvy video game historian who has obtained a copy of Too human or by Richard Garriott Tabula Rasa before they are dumped in the landfill. There are dozens of us! Dozens!