Just over a year ago I was playing a game called Pagan Online which is a fast-paced hack-and-slash action-RPG by Mad Head Studios and published by Wargaming.net. At the time of reviewing the early access version of the game, there was a co-op online feature advertised and I was looking forward to it. Most aRPGs are better played with mates after all, however it has now been officially confirmed that the game will become a single-player only experience. Here’s the full announcement from wargaming.net:
Since the launch of Pagan Online, Wargaming and Mad Head Games have been working to ensure the best possible gaming experience. Unfortunately, over the last year, it has become clear that supporting Pagan Online as a multiplayer game is no longer sustainable.
To ensure the continuity of our game, we will be converting Pagan Online from multiplayer to single player. This will happen on August 4, when the multiplayer servers will be switched off.
To all our players who joined this adventure with us, your feedback and insights have been invaluable on this journey and we could not be more thankful for the heart and passion you put into helping us deliver the Pagan Online experience. Thank you, and we hope you continue playing the game in solo mode.
Moving forward, we want to make sure that the Pagan Online community is cared for, and that the game remains available for players to enjoy. To ensure this, we have come to an agreement with Mad Head Games to maintain Pagan Online as single-player experience hosted on Steam. Mad Head Games will also be taking over daily operations and be your contact for technical support for the foreseeable future.
On August 4, 2020, a Steam update will make Pagan Online into a single-player game.
As a thank you for playing, Wargaming would like to offer you a set of gifts: 7 days of Premium Account and one vehicle from each of our major games will be added to your Wargaming.net accounts shortly after the August 4 patch. If you bought a copy of Pagan Online via Wargaming.net Game Center, you will receive a Steam key inviting you to the new version by email on August 4.
At the time of this announcement, Pagan Online is no longer available for purchase on Wargaming.net. Steam purchases are also turned off until the single-player patch goes live.
Thank you for being with us,
The Pagan Online team
You can’t currently purchase the game given the transition, however it will be available again to purchase from August 4, 2020. There is a decent FAQ section on the wargaming.net post if you have any specific questions around the transition to single-player and how it affects your game if you already own it.
It’s most definitely a shame that we won’t be getting the ability to play the game co-op, however it’s still a very good aRPG that’s worth playing. My thoughts when playing last year were that if you are a fan of Diablo-style aRPGs with a mix of elements from Warframe and Victor Vran, I highly recommend playing it. I’ll certainly jump back in and work on my playthrough once it goes single-player.